How to Sew a Dog Coat for a Small Dog

Dog coat
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    Materials Needed to Sew a Dog Coat

    Free pattern and directions to sew a waterproof and warm dog coat.
    Finished Dog Coat -- Waterproof and Warm Dog Coat. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    A dog coat can keep your pooch warm and toasty during the nasty cold weather and additional embroidery designs can encourage or discourage people from approaching your dog. A sure bet to keep people from reaching for your dog is to embroider "I Bite!" on the back of the coat so they can't miss it!

    Materials Needed

    • Printout of Dog Coat Pattern -- This PDF file will require legal size paper to print properly with your printer set to print on legal size paper. The pattern pieces are...MORE overlayed so you will need to trace the small pieces or print two copies and cut out the small pieces.
    • 1/2 yard or 18x22-inch rectangle of water-resistant fabric such as windbreaker nylon. Consider fabric shower curtains for a fabric source.
    • 1/2 yard or 18x22-inch rectangle of soft fabric such as fleece
    • 6 inches of 2-inch-wide hook-and-loop tape
    • Thread to match the outer fabric, fleece and hook and loop tape
    • Optional: Reflective strips to sew on so the dog is visible in dreary weather and poor lighting.
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    Prepare the Pattern

    Photo of how to assemble the free dog coat pattern pieces
    Assemble the Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Cut out or trace and cut out the smaller pieces.
    • Use the colors and slash marks to line up the small pieces on the edges of the larger pattern piece.
    • Tape the small pieces to the large piece.
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    Cut Out

    Cutting out a pattern piece using the on fold instructions
    Cut on the fold. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Using the "on fold" line on the pattern piece, cut out one of the pattern pieces in the nylon and one in the fleece fabric.

    Note: Fabric can be folded so that you can obtain more than one piece from the piece of fabric. It is important that the fabric grain is straight on the fold. This is done by measuring the distance of the selvage to the fold and keeping the distance even.

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    Stitching Together

    sewing a dog coat
    Sewing and Leaving Open. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Place the fabric and fleece pieces together, aligning the edges, with the right sides together.
    • Pin the layers in place, keeping the edges aligned. If you are using a vinyl fabric, use clips, clothes pins or paper clips and remove them as you approach them with the sewing machine since straight pins will pierce the vinyl and ruin the waterproof qualities.
    • Stitch them together, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving an area open for turning as shown in the photo. Check out this sewing machine...MORE seam guide for accurate seam allowances.
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    Clip and Turn

    Clip and trim before turning
    Clip and Trim. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Clip all curves and trim away at corners to eliminate bulk. 
    • Turn right side out through the opening.
    • Press with the seam at the edges. (Clip the seam allowance of the opening to turn under the open area.) 
    • Top stitch the edges of the entire coat.
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    Hook and Loop

    Sewing the Hook and Loop Tape
    Sewing the Hook and Loop Tape. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • As shown in the photo, place the hook tape on the outer fabric of the coat and the loop on the fleece side of the fabric at the small-pattern-piece areas.
    • Stitch the hook and loop tape in place, using thread the color of the hook and loop tape in the upper thread and bobbin thread the color of the fabric on the outer side where the tape is located.
    • Optional: Sew on reflective strips so your dog is visible while walking at night or on rainy days.