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Coats for dogs

mollybee | Posted in Patterns on

I have been looking for patterns to sew coats for dogs.  There are some availabl, but no pattern seems to have what I want.  I am looking for a basic dog jacket that will fit a really small dog ( about 5 lbs)  as well as go up in size to fit larger dogs.  I don’t want it to go over the head but have attached straps fastened with velcro. I also don’t want center front closures combined with straps.  I tried to draft one, but it just didn’t look right.  

Please help.



  1. sbsterling | | #1

    I made one from a commercial pattern about a year ago for my 6 or 7 pound dog. I'll see if I can find it and pass on the pattern number. It was something of a dog blanket type jacket with a saddle shape and straps that closed under the belly and around the neck. Is that what you're looking for?

    1. mollybee | | #4

      That would be great!




  2. sueb | | #2

    there are several sewing for dogs books available.  A quick search on Amazon in the sewing category will bring up several.  Here are a few:

    Sew Dog: Easy-Sew Dogwear And Custom Gear For Home and Travel

    Pet Crafts: 28 Great Toys, Gifts and Accessories for Your Favorite Dog or Cat

    The Cat & Dog Lovers' Idea Book

    and if you do a search for "dog coat pattern" on either yahoo or google you'll find a bunch of free patterns will come up.


    Edited 9/26/2005 12:15 pm ET by sueb

  3. sbsterling | | #3

    I think I used the McCall pattern myself, see below:


    or this one:


    Simplicity has a bunch too. Good luck

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      ehBeth | | #5

      That McCalls pattern looks perfect for what I didn't realize I was looking for. Seriously. I bought a small rainvest for one of the dogs today - thought, I can do this - and then wandered by here. Thanks for the link!

  4. SewCrazy | | #6


    Hi there,  you could try the above link as there is a free re-sizeable dog coat pattern on there.  I have been saving this pattern to make up once the weather starts to get cooler so can't say how successful it will be!

    Good luck.

    Regards,  Veronica

  5. sbsterling | | #7

    I tried to post some pictures earlier but they were way too big... here's  my second attempt.  I finally got around to trying McCalls pattern 4686.

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      ehBeth | | #8

      Fantastic!I'm picking my dogs up from sleepaway camp with my parents on the weekend - think I'll measure 'em up, and see what lil jackets they need. I kinda like the idea of making co-ordinating jackets for them to wear over the Christmas break.

      1. sbsterling | | #9

        I've been picking the remnants bin clean.  Next I'm going to work-up a little red sequined number.  Needless, to say everyone thinks I'm insane. 

        The jacket was actually hard to fit.  The xtra small was too small and the small was too big so I had to take it it.  I'm not competent enough to figure out how to adjust the pattern so I took a book out of the library called "Sew Dog."  It has instructions on how to take measurements and construct simple jackets and booties.  I'll let you know if it's any good.

        I think matching jackets is a fabulous idea.

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          ehBeth | | #10

          My male dog is much narrower through the shoulders than my female dog - though they're the same length. That pattern looks like one I could modify nicely - make the jackets look similar, out of co-ordinating fabrics <something the remnants bins are often good for>. I was thinking greens for the wheaton coloured male dog, and purple/burgundies for the titian coloured female dog - Christmassy - nice for pix outside in the snow. <maybe a little faux shearling trim>heheheheheheThey are gonna be stylin'!

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          fashionlizard | | #11

          Ami Simms made a tux for her dog! It is really cute! Here is a link to the story and picture: http://www.amisimms.com/gonetodogs.html
          So, you aren't the only one out there who wants to sew for your dog!! Have fun and I hope you'll post pictures!

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