Dog Jackets You Can Make.

Mikey and Ginger model their new jackets
Mikey and Ginger model their new jackets | Source

Are You Kidding

Are you kidding? $29.99 for that? Two dogs that need jackets,10%sales tax on each jacket equal $66 for what. This looks like a baby bib with extra straps. There has to be someway to make these without costing a fortune.

You have to be kidding me, $29.99 for that?
You have to be kidding me, $29.99 for that? | Source

It's Cold Outside

Miniature Pinchers don't have much body mass. My grand dogs were going to New Mexico on a ski adventure. Chipotle is next to Pet Smart, so we dropped the dogs of to have their nails done while we ate. After we picked them up I saw a dog jacket that fit Mikey perfectly. I suggested this would be perfect. Then I saw the price. Thirty dollars! Absolutely out of the question. My son is jobless and has a new baby. With tax, two of these jackets would be $66.00.

I don't really have great skill sewing, but innovative I am. The jacket looked like a bib to me. My daughter-in-law with her trusty I phone took a picture then emailed me a copy.

I went to work figuring out how to make the jacket without spending a fortune.

All you need
All you need | Source

What You Will Need

  1. Dog(s)
  2. Sewing machine
  3. Thread
  4. Needle
  5. Tape measure. (1dollar at Wall Mart)
  6. Fabric as determined by size of your dog .
  7. Paper for making jacket pattern
  8. Pins
  9. Sharpy
  10. Fasteners Velcro (sew on not self stick) or snaps
  11. Fabric for interfacing (optional if you are using stiff fabric)


Ginger gets her back measured from shoulder blades to tail.
Ginger gets her back measured from shoulder blades to tail. | Source
measure dogs chest at the broadest part
measure dogs chest at the broadest part | Source
Neck measure can be the same as the collar.
Neck measure can be the same as the collar. | Source

Step 1 Measure Your Dog

You need to measure the dog to figure out how much fabric is needed.

  • First, measure your dog using a flexible dressmaker's tape measure. Measure from shoulder blades to the hip, You can adjust this later if you want a shorter jacket.
  • Next, measure the dog's chest. Measure the stoutest part of the chest. With my dogs there was little difference between their length down the back and their chest measurement.
  • Last, measure around the dogs neck.

A tip for measuring your dog: For accurate measure it really takes two people. In a pinch use a string to around the dog. Then measure the string with a ruler or measuring tape on a flat surface. This will work well for squirmy dogs . .

Bandit wanted in on the act and says he wants a jacket too!
Bandit wanted in on the act and says he wants a jacket too! | Source
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Bandit The Dog Says....

Bandit says, "I want a jacket. I hate being cold". So here is Bandit being measured. Watching us measure the little dogs Bandit and Joe gave their opinions on the whole dog jacket creation expedition. Bandit was excited about the whole thing and wanted into the show. Joe wasn't as enthusiastic.

"No Thank You" Says Joe

Joe says, "No thank you. I get too hot.  I already have a nice fluffy coat"
Joe says, "No thank you. I get too hot. I already have a nice fluffy coat" | Source

The Nice Thing About This Style Of Jacket

This style of jacket works on various sizes of dogs. While I did have to make a larger pattern for Bandit's jacket it was the exact same format as the coats for Ginger and Mikey.

Step Two Choose Fabric

Now that you have measured your dog, determine how much fabric you need. For the mini pins I needed half a yard each. This was a low cost jacket for two reasons my labor was free and their was enough fabric for the mini pins in my fabric closet. For Bandit's jacket I needed about a yard. I also needed about the same amount for interfacing. Interfacing is an additional layer that gives the garment body or stiffness. I used iron on interfacing.

The fabric I used for the min pins' jackets was fleece with rip stop nylon as an interfacing. The nylon added stiffness and wind proofing. Their skin is so sensitive that I put the ripstop nylon between two layers of fleece. Any kind of sturdy fabric will work. The fabric was on sale at JoAnn's fabric.


I was thrilled that I actually had fabric for the little dogs coats; I didn't have much time to make their jackets. When I went to the fabric store all I needed for their jackets was Velcro. Be sure you buy sew on Velcro. The self stick Velcro will not stick on fabric for long and will make a mess of your needle if you try to sew it. If you have tired to sew self stick Velcro and your needle is a mess there are two things you can do to eliminate the sticky mess from the sewing machine needle. Remove the needle from the machine, then run it through the flame of a candle or just get a new one.

Making The Pattern

note the parallel line on the right side of the neck and the single line on the left side They at makers that you will cut into and use to match parts to parts.
note the parallel line on the right side of the neck and the single line on the left side They at makers that you will cut into and use to match parts to parts. | Source
Round the bottom of the coat if you like
Round the bottom of the coat if you like | Source
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Step Three Make A Pattern

Use a piece of paper that is at least as long as the measurement of your dogs back and 3/4 the measurement of your dogs chest. A full sheet of newspaper works for little dog jackets and medium sized dog jackets.

  • Following the fold of the newspaper, draw a double ended arrow about five inches long, That line will help you put your pattern straight on the fabric and give you a reference marker for centering the neckline.
  • Mark the length of the back along the fold on either side of the arrow
  • Next perpendicular to the arrow mark 3/4 of Fido's chest measurement, For example Gingers chest measured 12 inches . 3/4 of 12" is 9" I marked 4 1/2 inches on either side of the arrow.
  • To determine how much of a scoop to give the neckline take the measurement of dogs neck and draw a scoop to those measurements. I used a paper plate. With the measuring tape I measured the entire measurement around the plate. marked on both sided. Then made a mark at the mid point.Using the arrow I placed the midpoint mark of the paper plate and drew around the paper plate for the scoop of the fabric.

Once you have made the pattern check how it fits the dog. Adjust as needed.

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Step Four Pin Pattern To Fabric And Cut Out

Pin pattern to the fabric. Stay close to the edge of the fabric. Cut two of the main body of the jacket. Then cut two of the belly straps. If you are adding interfacing this is the time to cut one for the main part of the jacket and two for the belly straps. Cut the interfacing or inner fabric a little smaller than the outer fabric.

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Step Five Baste Interfacing (Optional)

Using the pattern cut a piece of interfacing for the body of the jacket and one for each side of the belly strap. Sew the interfacing to the wrong side of each of the three pieces.(Main body of the jacket, and two belly straps) I used ripstop nylon for interfacing. This added a bit of wind and water proofing to the jackets. The ripstop nylon could easily have gone on the outside of the jacket as the outer layer. I didn't do this because the mini pins have sensitive skin and I knew they would be in a crate together in the car and I only wanted soft fabric on the outside of their coats.

The interfacing does not go all the way to the top of the outside fabric. This was to reduce bulk at the seam.

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Step Six Make Belly Straps

I used the fabric cut from the neckline for belly bands. Another option is cutting extra fabric the same diameter of the neck to make belly bands if you would like them wider than the curb of the neckline will allow.

Since, the fabric is doubled when you cut the whole body of the jackets there were two pieces of fabric left over from the the neck line. Fold each in half, then cut interfacing to fit the half of each belly band. Baste or iron facing to wrong side of both bands.

Sew around the band to make a tube that is open at one end.

Turn the band inside out starting at the open end. The side that isn't sown will be taken care of when you attach it to the body of the coat. Once turned sew the Velcro on each side of the band.

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Place belly bands facing each on the outside of coat.
Place belly bands facing each on the outside of coat. | Source

Step Seven Put All Pieces Together And Pin

  • Place the piece that you have interfaced on the table. The right side of the fabric should be showing.
  • Match belly bands to the side notches facing each other.
  • Place second side of the jacket face down on top with the wrong side of the fabric showing.
  • Pin together.
  • Starting at the marking on the neckline begin sewing around the coat.
    Leave the area between the two notches open in the middle of the jacket so you can turn the whole thing inside out.

NOTE I put the Velcro on the little dog jacket when I made the belly band. For Bandit's jacket I waited until I had turned the whole thing. It works well either way.

Leave the area between the arrows open
Leave the area between the arrows open | Source
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Step Eight Turn Everything Inside Out

Because of the big opening at the neckline turning the jackets shouldn't be difficult. If you have difficulty turning the whole jacket inside out;either layer the corners or snip the corners off. (Remember, don't get too close to the stitching.) Once you have turned the jacket either slip stitch the opening shut or top stitch the entire dog coat. To top stitch the jacket you would pin the opening closed. Then on top of the entire jacket. To top stitch sew around entire coat about 1/2 inch from the seam. If you have placed the Velcro on before you turn the coat you need to add Velcro at the neck and you are done.

Well Bandit?

When the jacket was nearly ready Bandit had a fitting. After pining the jacket on him Joe sniffed him and turned away. I don't know what he said, but it must not have been nice. Bandit looked forlorn and hid under the desk until I took the jacket off. Apparently, the blue wasn't as awesome as the camouflage. Bandit has declined to wear his jacket.

Ginger loves her jacket
Ginger loves her jacket | Source

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Linda Bliss 4 years ago from San Francisco

These dog jackets look amazing and it seems you saved a small fortune making them yourself. Voted up & shared! My dog doesn't need a jacket luckily, but I was curious how long it took you to finish each jacket?


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Great tutorial on using fleece fabric to make these dog jackets. Would like to link this hub to mine on


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Linda- It took about 6 hours to make the first two. About 2 hours were trying to figure the Velcro. I didn't realize I had purchased self stick and it stuck up my machine, but not to the fabric.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

RTalloni- I am delighted. Let me know when you link, so I can read your work.


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loveofnight 4 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

Well done indeed, this Hub was nicely done.You have saved me a fortune.


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

What a great idea and such a detailed hub. Thanks for showing everything step by step. They are so cute too!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

loveofnight- Happy sewing. Glad to be of service.

catgypsy- The dogs really steal the show. The mini pins are perfect hams.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Thanks for sharing this gem.

Great work and I wish you a great day.

Eddy.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Eiddwen- Thank you for your words of encouragement. They were sorely needed.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is a great Hub. I love your detailed instructions and the notation that dogs will be needed made me laugh. I am always looking for a way to save money and, like you, think dog clothes are ridiculously priced. I shall make a jacket for my sweet Bichon Bella. Thank you for sharing your hard work and great ideas.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

Welcome Hyphenbird, so glad you stopped. Hope Bella likes her jacket.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

My dog Oscar would look so cute in one of your jackets!!!

Mikey and Ginger ...sooooo cute!!!!

I really liked your hub...well planned out and organized!

went to the site...Doggie Stylish...very cool!!!

Voted up!


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

iamaudraleigh- The dog pictures are really the best part. I can't believe how photogenic Mikey and Ginger are. They actually pose when you tell them you want to take their picture.

Delighted you stopped by.


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Wonderfully useful and well written hub. Wish I had thought of writing it first. You are innovative and industrious in creating your own pattern. I just used the stock one from McCalls or Simplicity but the denim jacket I made came out great. Well done here.


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tirelesstraveler 4 years ago from California Author

This innovation came late at night with little time before the grand dogs left for New Mexico. I almost had the things made before I thought,"I could have bought a pattern".

Thank you for your kind words.


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myawn 3 years ago from Florida

very nice jackets enjoyed reading your hub about the dogs reactions to them. Nice photos and instructions.I have made a couple of jackets my dog likes to be really warm.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

myawn, Thanks for visiting.


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fivesenses 2 years ago from new delhi

Pretty detailed and very interesting with easy instructions...

voted and shared.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Fivesenses, thanks so much for visiting and sharing. Have a great day.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

What a great hub! My dog hasn't worn a jacket, since I'm too frugal to buy one, but I should make one following these wonderful directions. Voted up and pinned.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Millionaire Tips,

Thanks for visiting. My Joe has such a heavy coat he sweats in a jacket, but Mikey and Ginger love them.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

I applaud your ingenuity (and your sewing talent--I missed the gene for that one). While I bought my dog several lightweight fleece coats like this one for winter, I'd like for her to have a few made of doubled tee-shirt knit fabric so she won't get too cool in air-conditioned rooms. I can't imagine hand-sewing them, especially since I have arthritis and can barely thread a needle. (I gave away my sewing machine because it only gathered dust.) I'm confident, however, that I can make the pattern. Then I'll only have to find a local sewing whiz to make them for me. Great hub!

Voted Up, Useful and Interesting

Jaye


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

JayeWisdom, Thanks for visiting. I think it would be easier to sew the tee than make a winter coat. Best of luck finding a sewing whiz. Its't time intensive.


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rajan jolly 22 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Excellent tutorial and video with pics though I can't sew I can appreciate the effort you put in here


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tirelesstraveler 22 months ago from California Author

ragan jolly, Thank you for visiting.

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