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ADOPT Me Vests for Dogs - Dog Vest Pattern

Updated on January 12, 2017

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.

ADOPT ME Dog Vest Pattern
ADOPT ME Dog Vest Pattern | Source

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!

Cardboard Pattern Sewing Cutting Board-36"X60"
Cardboard Pattern Sewing Cutting Board-36"X60"

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.



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)

ADOPT ME Pattern - Vinyl Donation Pockets
ADOPT ME Pattern - Vinyl Donation Pockets | Source

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

ADOPT ME Dog Vest PATTERN | Source

Our sweet rescue dog, Lana, is pictured wearing one of the completed ADOPT ME dog vests.

Materials Needed

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?

  1. It's easy to sew with three main pattern pieces.
  2. The pattern is very affordable and will remain low so more sewists, more shelters AND more dogs can benefit from their use.
  3. It's lightweight. The large vest with two donation pockets weighs less than 6 ounces.
  4. It's designed to be used with either/or both a dog collar and walking harness.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)

Country Brook Design | Polypropylene Webbing (1 Inch) (Black, 50 Yards)
Country Brook Design | Polypropylene Webbing (1 Inch) (Black, 50 Yards)

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.

Making a Bandana for Dogs - Helping Rescue Animals
Making a Bandana for Dogs - Helping Rescue Animals

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!

Will you be making a dog adoption vest, or - maybe you've contacted your local Humane Society or Animal Shelter to see what's on their Wish List?

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    • Brite-Ideas profile image

      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My sons girlfriend's family recently got a 'rescue dog' - he's a beauty too :)

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      5 years ago

      I am looking for items that would greatly be appreciated in helping the rescue I foster for in getting our puppies and dogs noticed as needing to be adopted. Would you be willing to donate???

    • JimHofman profile image


      6 years ago

      Good for you! Anything to help shelter dogs find their forever home is a wonderful idea. The dogs look so cute in them too.

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      6 years ago

      This is a great lens! We have a rescue dog, and any other dog I ever get will be a rescue. I also do a lot of events where they do animal adoptions and use vests similar to these!

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      6 years ago

      I bought the pattern to make some for a couple of local animal shelters.

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      6 years ago

      Oh this is such a good idea! I'm sure you are helping pets find homes with these.

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      6 years ago

      I'd say the Hawaiian Humane Society knew just who to contact for this ADOPT ME vest project, I've never heard of this program before and what a great way to raise awareness. I had never heard the term "sewists" before, cool...and so are you my dear!

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      Rhonda Albom 

      6 years ago from New Zealand

      Well done! These vests are adorable and you are a hero to these animals. Blessed.

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      You are a real champion for the animals. Good work and good idea to share it here.

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      6 years ago

      These "adopt me" vests are so cute!

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      6 years ago

      Such a neat idea... for raising awareness.

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      6 years ago

      The place where I got one of my dogs - SPCA of Wake County is on Facebook....sometimes they put up a notice about a critical need. A month or so ago they had emergency need for canned cat food pate....I ordered from Amazon and sent it and they got a ton of response. Then the SPCA put up "before and after" pictures of the pantry cabinets on facebook...before - one or two cans...after - packed full of cat pate! It was very cool.

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      6 years ago

      Hey - this is a great idea.....I think this should be lense of the day - I do not know how to submit it though!

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I used to foster, before my Mom came to live with me. After Mom was here, I couldn't risk having strange dogs around so we just muddled on with our 5 rescues. But, when I fostered, I made these really nice business cards for the foster dog detailing their features, the type of home I wanted for them (children vs. no children, etc). I handed out a card to anyone and everyone who approached us on one of the frequent visits to PetSmart (great place to take a foster dog, btw). The cards were a huge hit. Maybe your humane society could do something like that too. Excellent article, Pam.

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      Bill Armstrong 

      6 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice project, will pass this on to a few friends who have dogs! sorry I cannot have, Yoshi would get jealous ;)

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      6 years ago

      Very cool idea. I like it.

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      Noelle and Dan 

      6 years ago

      Once Disney released the 101 Dalmatian movie, a year later the SPCA and other animal rescues were swamped with young Dals. At one time we had adopted five Dals, two being deaf and about to be put to sleep because they were deaf. Now it's labs and lab mixes. We currently have a Dal and two lab mixes (who are wrestling on my bed at the moment). I like your dog adoption vests, quite a good idea.

    • LaurenIM profile image


      6 years ago

      Awe love the Hawaii Humane Society and love his blue bandana in above photo!

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      6 years ago

      Back to grant my very first angel blessing to this worthy lens! Angel kisses to Lana, too!

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      6 years ago

      I need to get out my sewing machine and make good use of the pattern I got from you!

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      6 years ago

      It is a great idea, I will see if our rescue group needs one. We adopted our weimaraner after falling in love with him when we fostered him.

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      Judy Filarecki 

      6 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Love your idea and the caring time you have given this project. It is certainly something that our community ASPC would benefit. Here is some Angel Dust to sprinkle around all those beautiful animals awaiting adoption.

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      Sher Ritchie 

      6 years ago

      This is a fantastic idea... Thankyou for taking the time and effort to design such a great product. I hope it 'catches on' all over the world - we could do with efforts like this in my home town, where the local council has a 'hate complex' against the residents rescuing animals (dogs, cats, companion animals generally). Happy Fourth of July!

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      6 years ago

      What a cute idea!

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      Renaissance Woman 

      6 years ago from Colorado

      This is such a great idea and wonderful project. Bless you for your efforts to help these loving creatures find their forever homes.

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      6 years ago

      My daughter just started volunteering at our local animal shelter. I need to see what is on their wish list...

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      6 years ago

      Great lens!

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      6 years ago

      LOVE this lens and all you do to help the animals find comfort, and hopefully, their forever homes. I have put a link to your Etsy pattern page on my local Humane Society's FB page. Hopefully they allow outside links like that and they keep it up, and even better, forward the link to other area shelters.

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      6 years ago

      What a marvelous idea! I had seen some rather expensive looking ones, but this looks even better than those! As a quilter, I sew quite a bit and have lots of fabric that would work perfect! You are a talented and big-hearted woman, indeed!

    • JanieceTobey profile image


      6 years ago

      A friend of mine fosters dogs. Every Saturday, the dogs spend the day in a local pet store, hoping to be adopted. Your dog adoption vests are a great idea!

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      6 years ago

      Great lens for a great cause, Humane Society of the United States!

    • LisaDH profile image


      6 years ago

      I couldn't sew to save my life, so I'm very impressed not only with your talent, but with your passion for homeless pets!

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      6 years ago

      A very good idea and your sewing is lovely too. :)

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      6 years ago

      Awww, such a cute idea! Thumbs up.

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      Carolan Ross 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I volunteer for a dog rescue, they may be interested in your adopt me vest pattern - very useful and creative idea! Linking this to my golden retriever rescue usa lens. Best to you!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks Peggy! I enjoyed making this because the subject is near and dear to me. :)

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @TonyPayne: Thank you Tony! I hope this pattern gets a lot of use so more dogs can be helped. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These look great, Pam! You've very talented to make this pattern!

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is a really nice idea and a lovely lens to go with it. It's so sad to see nice dogs that are in need of a good home where they can have the love and attention that they need. Excellent job.


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