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2012/08/20

Make a 4 Leg Dog Coat DIY FREE PATTERN (Upcycle old clothes & socks!)

Make your own 4 legged dog coat for any size dog with this
free pattern!

Print this pattern and scale to fit your own dog by measuring the length from tail joint to back of neck then scale up the pattern (be sure to allow for seam & hemming space), print it and tape the sheets together, cut out the pieces and follow these directions:

Click to enlarge:

Step 1: 
Choose the fabric you will use for this project, fabric with a little stretch such as fleece will be more forgiving.  You will also need some 3" ribbed cuffs or elastic material for finishing the cuffs on the legs.  You will also need 1 zipper the length of your dog's back.

Step 2: 
Fold the material in half to cut out each of the 4 legs and the body, bend the fabric at the bend lines as indicated in the pattern.

Step 3: 
Once all pieces are cut out, you can hem the edges of each piece to keep things tidy if you like.

Step 4: 
Trim the UNDER side to the correct length (across point A1) for a male or female dog by measuring from the underside of the dog's neck down along the belly to his/her privates.

Step 5: 
Sew the UNDER side to the body at the points as indicated in the pattern, be sure not to sew the arc sections as these will make the leg holes.

Step 6: 
Sew each leg together as indicated in the pattern:


Step 7: 
Flatten the legs with the seam side facing inward and the arc facing outward, tilt the bottom front legs on a 45 degree angle out toward the front, and the rear legs in a slight angel toward the back and pin the arcs together. 

Pic for reference only, this pic is not to scale.

Step 8: 
Sew all 4 legs together along the arcs.

Step 9: 
(optional) add elastic into the rear-inside-bottom arc of the leg holes for a better fit.

Step 10:
Cut the seam for the zipper down the middle of the back leaving 1.5" from the neck & sew in the zipper.

Step 11: 
Add the neck and leg cuffs.

You can also double up this coat by making one in fleece to fit the dog and another a little larger in a nylon material, then sew the two together so that both inside seam works are against each other, then sew in the zipper, neck and leg cuffs.


Please leave your feedback HERE 
and let me know how it worked out for you...
I would love to see pics of your little ones in their new coats!


18 comments:

Anxiously awaiting instructions. This coat is so cute. I can't wait to try it.

The instructions are posted, is there any extra information you need? Thanks :)

Hi I understand the directions but need help to know how to scale it to my dog who is 28" from neck to tail, can you tell me how I scale the template please :)

I agree. How do you scale it to size? I have doggies that are between 5 and 7 pounds. Thanx!

Measure the dog from base of neck to where the til joins to the body (Along the back, the scale the pattern so that the measurement along the fold is the same as the back measurement of the dog.

Sometimes, we realize that our pets are as sensitive towards the change in climatic conditions as much as we do, so we must not forget buying warm jumpers for dogs that fits them right, and help protecting from extremely cold weather.

I dont undrstand the neck aspect of the pattern? Help!

The neck goes on very similar to the legs, it can actually be cut from the arm of an old fleece sweatshirt and you won't have to sew a seam. What would you like for me to better explain? :)

Managed to work out the neck! Thank you! But I am still having difficulty scaling up the pattern :( any hints?

HI, I love this pattern but my problem is I need it for a large dog, standard poodle and a Doberman. I don't know how to adapt it, can you help me, please?

After reading all the posts, if we just knew the inches per square, we might be able to determine the scale.

Hi, Simply measure the length of the dog from base of neck, where the back of the neck meets the shoulder blades, down to the tail joint, then scale the pattern up from this measurement on the area along the bend (showing 11 blocks) fr example, if the dog is 17 inches long, the scale would be (1.54) scale up 154% for a 20 inch dog (1.82), Scale to 182% Then print over several sheets and tape them together. Hope this helps.

I need a good dog boot pattern for a boxer/american bulldog cross. Something that will stay on her feet in the winter. Do you have a good pattern? Ideas??

Oh, he's divine - I love the character that some dogs have, they are definitely furry people!
My friends have a little Boston Terrier and he's super. They have trained him to pause before getting the command allowing him to eat (they were hoping to stop him eating everything in sight as they took him walking). Only trouble is he took to it like a duck to water, and they didn't realise one night that they had forgotten to give him the 'eat' command before disappearing into the next room. An hour or two later they came back to him, still sitting in the kitchen staring at him dinner, poor baby.

Thank you for the pattern. And what an awesome neighbor you are.

So others know how the math was calculated:

17 divided by 11 (11 squares or inches is the original pattern) is 154. Enlarge the print 154% for a dog that measures 17" length.

A 20 inch length dog (from collar to the base of the tail) = 20 divided by 11 = 1.818 or round up to 182 - so you enlarge the pattern 182% to fit your dog.

It's also easy enough customize the pattern for your dog with a few measurements. I trace the original pattern to a piece of cardboard, then I adjust it as needed since obviously every dog is shaped differently.

For example, if you measure your dog from where his collar/I.D. tags sit on his neck (throat area or D in the Body diagram) to where the front of his leg is ("C" or where the hole for the legs begins) - that gives you the distance from D to C in the BODY diagram. Lengthen or shorten that line as needed.

I also measure the distance between the two front legs, and that's the width of the "Under" diagram between the two concave curves, and I adjust measurements of A to B, and C to D to match those points on the BODY diagram.

I did mine without the back legs as I only wanted a jacket to stop at the waist. So I measured B to A - the distance from the armpit ("B", or the back of the armhole) to the bottom of the rib cage. This keeps it short enough so that the dog (male dogs in particular) don't pee on their clothing.

I determined the "BODY" height by measuring my dogs girth (circumference) around the thickest part of his rib cage behind his front legs. The "Body" measurement from top to bottom in the pattern would be 1/2 of that girth measurement (since you are cutting two pieces of fabric for the BODY or one piece "folded" over on the "bend"), plus add an inch for seam allowances. If the body is too big, you can always trim off the top to adjust the size until you get the right fit.

Measure the neck circumference as well and add an inch plus your seam allowance. All sections should add up to the neck circumference plus those allowances.

I made a test pattern with an old pillowcase for my chihuahua today before cutting into my good fabric.

I'm assuming the "neck" in the diagram is an optional turtleneck.

Thanks so much for that, those details will be a great help I'm sure :)

Skincare

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