I was determined to have a coat for my 18-month-old dog Honey. We walk in all weather and she does not have a whole lot of fur on her underside. I wanted something warm and waterproof. I found the perfect coat at Pet Edge. Even though it was a very good price, my husband lovingly reminded me that our budget does not have a "dog apparel" line item! So I did what any smart mom would do. I set out to make my own.
I had some fun with a picnic blanket and a "free" pattern from the Circle of Crafters website.
In all, the coat cost me about $2.50 and a few hours (spread over two days) to make. I had to buy some more Velcro, but I already had everything else. I had purchased the reflective tape in the fall to sew on all of our coats. I love reflective tape! I was very happy with the value and service that I got from Identi-Tape Inc. I purchased sew-on reflective tape from them online.
You can hardly tell that this cozy coat used to be a picnic blanket. It is quilted for warmth and has been treated with waterproofing spray for those early morning hurricane walks. Naturally, it is reversible: One side revealing a traditional tartan, the other a bold blue vinyl with an urban edge. Practicality has not been lost to fashion, as this blanket coat has a pocket on each side, appliqued with a charming heart. The design also puts safety first with a reflective strip on the back of the coat.
Very cute coat and thank you so much! I've been looking for a good free pattern for a dog coat and this is a great site. :-)
My pomeranian doesn't need the warmth, but it sure would be nice to have something on her so we (and cars) can see her at night!
I got the coats Cookie & Oso posed for in this site
from Target store sale after Halloween Costumes and they are nice snug and warm. I am going to try to sew one. Thank you for the tip.
I like the safety features Honey is pretty model.
I am going to make this coat for our Rat Terrier/Border Collie, Bijou, perhaps in a punk purple and camoflage combo. She is also lacking fur on her delicate pink undercarriage. What breed/s is Honey? She is gorgeous. Thanks for the site info...
Great job you could start a business doing this. I had 3 Greyhounds and lived in Chicago where it gets very cold. The first coat I bought cost $140 and that was in 2000. What a kick it was to dress up my hound she looked like a live Barbie Doll in her hot pink coat! That did it for me - I made the next two coats out of Polar fleece I found at the fabric shop. And you should have seen the Christmas outfits! And then there were the snow boots of course - I didn't make them but bought them online.
A word of caution: once you start making clothes for your dog you won't be able to stop.
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