DIY: Sew a Dog Vest Coat

The cozy vests keeps Mac warm in winter.
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You can provide a cozy covering for your canine friend by sewing a dog vest coat. New sewers should select a simple vest pattern, with straps at the neck and waist. Try to avoid patterns that feature sleeve holes for your dog's front legs, as setting sleeves is challenging.

Cut Out the Dog Vest

Step 1

Fold the fabric in half and line up the pattern's fold line with the fabric's folded edge.

Step 2

Pin the pattern to the fabric, placing the straight pins about 4 inches apart.

Step 3

Cut the dog vest out, following the pattern's outer edge lines with the scissor blades.

Step 4

Transfer printed marks, for positioning the hook and loop tape and the nylon strap, from the pattern to the fabric by gently pressing the tailor's chalk against the fabric.

Step 5

Remove the pins that hold the pattern and fabric together.

Sew the Dog Vest

Step 1

Fold the edge of the fabric up and over 1/2 inch all the way around the dog vest's outer edge, and use pins to hold the folded edge in place.

Step 2

Pin the reflective tape to the outside of the dog vest so it sits directly on top of the folded fabric edge, completely covering the raw, folded edge.

Step 3

Cut off excess tape that sticks out over the edge of the fabric.

Step 4

Slowly sew around the outer edge of the reflective tape, top-stitching 1/8 inch from the tape's edge. This forms a simple hem, while the reflective tape hides the fabric's raw edge.

Step 5

Top-stitch around the reflective tape's inner edge, being careful not to hit the pins, then remove the pins.

Step 6

Cut the nylon strap in half and pin one piece to the tailor's chalk marks indicating the belt's position on the fabric.

Step 7

Stitch the strap in place on both sides of the vest by sewing across the strap and sewing one 1-inch-square X shape across each strap, to secure the straps on each side.

Step 8

Cut the hook-and-loop tape in half and put one section of hook-and-loop tape in place to secure the vest's neckline and pin it in place.

Step 9

Put the vest on your dog and check to see if the neckline fits on your dog comfortably.

Step 10

Adjust the hook-and-loop tape as needed, remove the vest, and top-stitch the hook-and-loop tape in place by sewing all the way around its outer edge.

Step 11

Put the vest on your dog again and wrap the nylon strap around your dog so it overlaps below your dog's stomach.

Step 12

Position the other section of hook-and-loop tape against the strap's overlap, make sure the hook and loop tape is positioned so it closes and sticks.

Step 13

Cut off the excess strap that shows beyond the overlap, and then top-stitch the hook-and-loop tape to the strap's ends.

Step 14

Remove the remaining pins.

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