Thursday, January 17, 2013

DIY ~ Chuck's New Dog Coat

Chuck Norris is way to big boned for dog coats.
I have even tried the XL size, but Beagles have such thick chests, they never fit.
I have wanted to make him one for a while, and I finally got to it!
1 meter fleece fabric
1 meter flannel fabric
co-ordinating thread
sewing machine
tissue paper
Start by measuring the length of your dog.
I went from the back of his neck between his ears to the tip of his tail.
I wanted to have a collar I could fold down or pull up.
Now measure the width of him at his largest spot.
Using folded in half tracing paper, measure the length you need and half the width you need.
Make marks on the tissue to show where.
Draw a shape like this:
Using the patters cut out the fleece and the flannel in that shape.
Also cut two straps 2.5 inches wide by the length you need to go around your dos chest.
Sew the two coat layers together, right side to right side, leaving an open hole so you can then flip it inside out.
Iron flat the seams.
Do the same for the straps.
You can top stitch again around the edges now for a more professionally made look.
(That's what I did)
Using pins, fit the coat fleece side down around your dog and pin the straps where needed.
I did one below his neck and collar across his upper chest, then one past his legs on his upper
Using a zigzag stitch on your machine sew the straps on one side.
Measure where your Velcro is needed and sew it into place.
I used three strips for each strap for an extra strong hold.
Isn't Chuck Cute?

He actually really loves it!!!
love ya big guy!


Bex said...

aww so cute!

Nikki said...

Aww!! I have a beagle named Punkin. They are such pretty dogs. He's sheltered so he doesnt hunt or anything but i bet he'd like one of these little jackets. Thanks for posting!I'm a new follower via Bloglovin.

I hope you guys are having a great weekend!