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Project

Dog Coat

Dogs also need protection from the cold, and this coat from in-house crafter Aaron Caramanis will help your pooch stay warm in style.

Introduction

Resources: Embellishments and notions are available from M&J Trimming. All other tools and materials available at fabric and sewing-supply stores.

Materials

  • Dog coat pattern
  • Polar fleece
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Elastic
  • Cord stopper
  • Iron-on varsity letters (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and print our dog coat pattern, enlarging the pattern according to size of dog. (We enlarged ours to 225 percent for a French bulldog.)

  2. Step 2

    Cut out front panel with pattern placed on folded edge of polar fleece. Repeat with back panel. Cut two sleeves from unfolded polar fleece. Place patterns aside to reference as you sew.

  3. Step 3

    Pin front panel to sleeves, lining up single arrows indicated on pattern. Sew "raglan" seams as indicated on the pattern by dashed lines.

  4. Step 4

    Pin back panel to sleeves, lining up double arrows. Sew as indicated by dashed lines.

  5. Step 5

    Trim all seam allowances to 1/8 of an inch. Sew side seam (indicated on pattern.

  6. Step 6

    Fold neck opening 2 inches into coat (this fold is marked on pattern with a dotted line). Machine-stitch around the neck opening, 1 1/2 inches from the fold.

  7. Step 7

    To create a channel for neck elastic, stitch around the neck opening again, 1 inch from the fold. Make a small cut in the center back of the channel you have created, and draw elastic through channel.

  8. Step 8

    Loop elastic through a cord stopper. Tie elastic into a square knot, trim ends, and bury knot inside channel.

  9. Step 9

    Embellish coat with iron-on varsity letters, if desired.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, February 2010

Reviews (10)

  • undonestitches 17 Oct, 2014

    I found this pattern to be super easy, but I can see where a beginning sewer might get confused. Instead of just having notches, perhaps you should have also included letters on the pattern pieces where they should adjoin. For a visual person diagrams would be nice.

  • ustabahippie 5 Dec, 2013

    Iron on...on polar fleece???

  • divinegravity 3 Jan, 2013

    I ran out of room in my first comment - I think I need to clarify on the printing procedure. When you set your printer to print as "tiled", your pattern will come out on more than one piece of paper - hence the name "tiling". This will allow you to make a larger pattern than what is provided on this small one page pattern.

  • divinegravity 3 Jan, 2013

    How to size this pattern for your dog. As long as your dog is not too rotund this should work. Measure your dog from the top of his neck (where the collar would start) along his back to where the end of the coat would be and compare this to the original sized PDF - I calculated 6" on the original size. If your dog is 12" then you would have to print at 200%. When printing you MUST set your printer dialog box to print as "tiled" so you can cut and tape up your new pattern. Hope this helps.

  • NRei 18 Jul, 2012

    I don't get this pattern either. It's all great and I could probably figure it out but it doesn't give a guide of what to enlarge the pattern to for a particular size of dog. Enlarge to 225%.... that's not nearly explanatory enough. This is a joke.

  • Doggylover1 8 Jul, 2012

    This pattern did not make sense. It would be nice if you maybe had a picture for each step.

  • Doggylover1 8 Jul, 2012

    This pattern did not make sense. It would be nice if you maybe had a picture for each step.

  • bronxbabygirl 9 Sep, 2010

    i love that dog coat do you think it would fit my pug

  • craftyquaker 17 May, 2010

    To Sewgloria--do you have an up-to-date version of adobe? this is a PDF file and may not read on an older version of the software. Updates are free-just google "adobe updates" and the website should pop up near the top of the results. Also check your privacy and protection settings to make sure they will allow downloads. Hope this helps.

  • sewgloria 2 Mar, 2010

    Hello ,my computer would not let me download the dog coat design,so how can I get the design?