I found a super easy no sew fleece dog coat pattern that I have modified a bit to include a tiny bit of sewing for the sake of durability. That’s why I call it the ‘so-so’ no sew pattern…there is some sewing if you do it my way. If you’re interested in NO sewing, www.thewhippet.net site has an easy pattern… here’s a link (scroll down to the “No Sewing Skills? section). If you want to make a similar but more durable version that requires minimal sewing, read on!
The great thing about this pattern is it’s not complicated, it doesn’t have to be perfect, there’s a lot of eye-balling involved, it doesn’t cost much and it’s great if you have a growing puppy because when he outgrows it, you’re not out a bunch of time and money. Keep in mind the original pattern was designed with the whippety type of canine in mind but I think it can work for other dogs as well.
Things you’ll need:
- A dog. This coat will not work on a small child.
- Fleece. A yard should do, depending on the size of your pooch. Or, an old fleece blanket will do the trick too.
- Scissors. For cutting.
- Marker. For marking your pattern.
- Velcro sticky back squares. These will keep the straps in place.
- A sewing machine (or a friend who sews) if you use my So-So No Sew method. That’s it!
Sew, let’s get started (see what I did there?). These instructions are based on the So-So No Sew method which involves sewing.
- Wash and dry the fleece. I never do this because my puppy, Finn, grows out of his coat before it even needs to be washed.
- Measure Fido from the base of his neck to the base of his tail. Write it down.
- Measure around the “deepest” part of your dog’s chest. Add a couple of inches. Write it down.
- Fold your fleece in half lengthwise, right sides together, so that you draw the pattern below on the wrong side of the fleece.
- Here’s what the pattern looks like.
- Using the first measurement you took (base of neck to base of tail), measure that along the fold of your fleece. This is the part of the coat that covers your dog’s back.
- Do some artistic free-style drawing and draw the doggy butt curve, then use your second measurement and draw the long straps. These will wrap around the deepest part of your dog’s chest. Then finish drawing the pattern as outlined above. Trust me, it’s a lot of eye-balling. I’m a perfectionist and when it comes to this part of the process, I have to give myself a little pep talk that goes something like this, “It’s okay if it’s not perfect. You’re not trying to win any awards. Finn won’t know. His doggy friends won’t even notice and if they do, screw them. Just eye ball it girl. You can do this.” Go ahead and use my pep talk if it will help!
- Keeping your fabric as is (right sides together), sew the little area that will go against Fido’s neck (see diagram above). I use a 1/2” seam but it doesn’t really matter….unless you use a 4” seam. Don’t do that.
- Try the coat on your pooch, wrap the straps around his chest. The ends of the straps should be on top of his back area. Figure out the Velcro sticky back placement then stick those suckers on. I always sew them in place for extra reinforcement. You will want to do the same if you want the coat to last longer than a day.
- DONE. Your adorable dog has a winter coat to wear…until he outgrows it or wears it out.
WARNING: I found out what bored puppies do while waiting for a coat. This little guy went around the house and brought me his toys, some tissue, my scarf, a lone sock and some ripped up paper. Way to get attention, Finn.
Like I said in my other blog, this will not win any fashion awards but it will keep your darling dog a little warmer! So whether you make a no sew or a So-So No Sew coat for your pooch, they will be happy and warm and will look sew darn cute (see, I did it again!).