In order to make dog clothes from scratch, I need to have a basic dog pattern. Once there is a basic pattern to fit my pup’s chest and length, it is easy to make different things like a rain jacket, or even a tutu! Here is how to make dog clothes.
What is a dog pattern?
A dog pattern is developed so you can make clothes and costumes for your dog. With this step-by-step tutorial, you can learn how to take your dogs measurements and make a basic pattern that can be used for all kinds of dog clothes. Play around and have fun!
There are so many things you can do with this basic pattern:
- Taper the top side to cover the tail for a rain jacket
- Make a vest and put buttons on top for a formal look
- Add a bow tie for a special occasion! Or for the furry girl in your life add some inexpensive strings of beads around the neck edge.
- Make a ring bearer outfit by adding a pillow top on the back, with ribbons to tie on the rings (just make sure the dog doesn’t run off!)
How to make a simple dog coat?
Customize a dog pattern using the how-to tutorial above. Use a washable polyester fleece or quilted cotton to make the basic pattern for a simple dog coat. You won’t need much fabric, based on the length of your dogs back. You can make a coat for most dogs with less than a yard of fabric. For a teacup size dog, a fat quarter will be plenty of fabric!