Sewing Your Own Raincoats for Dogs

Protect your dog from the elements with a raincoat.
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Rain or shine, your dog needs to stretch his legs. With a raincoat, you can take him for a much needed walk while limiting the amount of wet dog you take home with you. Sewing your own raincoat for your pooch gives you control over the fit, style and fabric.

Step 1

Find dog coat patterns online and in pattern books at your local fabric store. Measure your pet and adjust the pattern as needed. For example, if the pattern is longer than your pet, you will want to make the pattern shorter. To adjust the pattern, cut the pattern in half across the section that is too long or short. If the pattern is too long remove the excess length at the cut, then tape the pattern back together. If the pattern is too short, cut a piece of paper the additional length you need and tape it into the pattern at the cut.

Step 2

Pin the pattern on the fabric according to the pattern instructions. Cut out the pattern pieces.

Step 3

Sew together the pattern pieces. You will sew the body pieces together, then the hood piece. Avoid using an iron to press the seams open because the vinyl may melt. Instead, trim the seams to a quarter inch as you go, so your seams do not become bulky. Attach the hood to the body, making sure to center the hood onto the body before sewing in place. Depending on the pattern you use, you will attach legs or straps next.

Step 4

Dress your dog in the raincoat. Make adjustments for length, tightness around the chest and comfort around the legs and neck. If the pattern calls for straps to encircle the body or to fasten the garment around the chest and girth, measure and mark where you want to place the hook-and-loop fastener.

Step 5

Sew the trim onto the hood and along the hem.

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