ADOPT Me Vests for Dogs - Dog Vest Pattern
Dog Adoption Vest Pattern
The local Humane Society contacted me to ask whether I could make some ADOPT ME vests for their adoptable dogs. I do sew and donate dog bandanas, cage mats for the cats and hammocks for the kitties but sewing these dog ADOPT ME vests was a first for me.
I researched online to see what type of dog adoption vests were available, knowing I wanted to make a donation dog vest that was comfortable, affordable and easy to construct. The Animal Behavior Department at the shelter also gave me a wish list of the features they would like. After tweaking, the original adoption dog vest pictured is the result.
Dog Adopt Me Vests - Easy to Sew!
My PDF pattern requires basic sewing skills and can be sewn by beginning sewists to experts. Anyone who sews this ADOPT ME vest will have the opportunity to work with several different materials in the process. I've been sewing almost 50 years and this was a truly fun, rewarding project for me.
These ADOPT ME vests can be sewn rather quickly in assembly-line fashion. It would be the perfect Saturday project for groups wanting to support their local shelters. Scouts, Animal Advocacy volunteers, etc.... Anyone interested in helping animals would be a great candidate for this dog vest pattern.
Don't Sew a Dog Vest Without This :) - I use mine constantly!
This cardboard cutting grid was a lifesaver and a real timesaver when making the adoption vests for dogs. I use mine for all my sewing projects, but it was indispensable in the making of these vests. Cutting the clear vinyl, the screen and the webbing was so much quicker and easier using the 1" square grids on this board.
PLEASE ADOPT ME
Getting the Word Out.....
about my PDF pattern for dog ADOPT ME vests
Adopt Me Vest for Dogs - A Pattern - Yep, we're on Facebook. Please feel free to visit and join in. Post announcements of any upcoming events for a nearby shelter or humane society.......anyone interested in helping animals is most very welcome. :)
On my Sallygoodin blog....
and, of course, I Need Your Help to get the word out about these ADOPT ME vests also. The more people aware, the more chances for dogs to find their forever homes.
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
What is so special about ADOPT ME vests?
Awareness and Monies Raised Helps the Animals!
The dog ADOPT ME vests can be used by pet fostering families. The fostered dog wears the vest as they are being walked in public to make people aware he or she is available for adoption.
Instructions for the detachable clear vinyl donation pockets are included in the pattern. These pockets are easily anchored on the donation dog vests by the shelters during scheduled promotional events. The monies raised help bring in much needed income so more animals can be helped. It's a win win. :)
My ADOPT ME Dog Vest Pattern on Etsy
Our sweet rescue dog, Lana, is pictured wearing one of the completed ADOPT ME dog vests.
Polypro webbing (found further down the page) and the Dee rings below are essential in the making of these dog adoption vests.
What's so special about the design of THIS dog adoption vest?
- It's easy to sew with three main pattern pieces.
- The pattern is very affordable and will remain low so more sewists, more shelters AND more dogs can benefit from their use.
- It's lightweight. The large vest with two donation pockets weighs less than 6 ounces.
- It's designed to be used with either/or both a dog collar and walking harness.
- It's cool and comfortable. My pattern suggests a cotton or a cotton/poly blend fabric for the side panels. The center mesh screened panel down the back is literally light as air.
- Easy to care for. Machine wash cold and low air or line dry.
Helping MORE Animals! :)
In honor of all the homeless pets, I am lowering the price of my two advocacy patterns on Etsy to $2 each! (This Adopt Me vest pattern and my corner hammock pattern for the kitties. You can find them both in my Etsy shop, HIPam.)
This is the exact polypropolene webbing I use to make the vests. It's strong, but sews beautifully on any machine. It's also available from this manufacturer in several other colors, blue, red, green, etc.
Helping Animals However You Can
There are so many ways to help animals in shelters. You might be surprised to know what is on a particular shelter's Wish List. (They all have one.) Here's the wish list for the Hawaiian Humane Society.
Perhaps if you're making a group effort to sew ADOPT ME vests, you may want to add in making some colorful, cotton bandanas that slip over the dog's collar safely. With teamwork, everyone can pitch in and learn something new while feeling great about helping animals.
(Photo credit Kreative K9 Photography via Hawaiian Humane Society)
The Most Important Thing
Above all, I wish for all animals to find loving, forever homes. Whether someone buys this dog vest pattern and makes ADOPT ME vests to sell or to donate, in the end it will be the animals who benefit. If people can't buy a pattern, I hope they will share this article. Thanking you kindly.
If Dogs Could Talk....
Thank you! You Made All The Difference In My World!