Fibernation post #2! As my Facebook friends and Instagram followers already saw, I made a custom-made coat for our dog, Skeeter. Skeeter, being ten years old and having relatively short hair, was in desperate need of a coat, especially considering last year’s winter temperatures trumped those of Alaska.
Although I could have easily bought a coat from Walmart or Petco, I decided to make one myself because:
- It was way cheaper.
- It’s fun to make stuff yourself.
- I could make exactly what we needed to supply for Skeeter’s needs.
In terms of material I bought your average variety of fleece. I decided on fleece for a few reasons:
2. It’s warm.
3. It’s easy to work with. If you are new to sewing I would definitely recommend fleece for your beginning projects. It runs through machines easily and you don’t have to worry about fraying.
I wish I could provide a pattern for this coat, however I cannot. This is because I was “winging it.”
All I did when making the shape of this coat was determined how long I wanted it to be and tapered the fabric accordingly for both his front and back legs. I did not want his movement to be impeded.
I used adhesive velcro on both the front and the belt to make them close, and while the adhesive seemed to be strong, I sewed over it just to be safe. Both straps with the adjustable fastening help keep the coat in place.
This project only took about an hour and provided me with a fun challenge. So if you are planning on sewing a coat for your canine friend, I hope that you find fun and success! I also hope that your dog loves his or her coat as much as Skeeter does!