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Doggy Coats

Pamper your pooch with Martha's well fitted, adjustable water-resistant doggy coat. Francesca and Sharkey approved!
Martha Stewart Living, December 2007

My water-resistant doggy coats are well fitted, adjustable, and comfortable. Francesca and Sharkey enjoy dressing up, but they also want to stay dry and warm on cold winter days. Coats should never be bulky or drag on the ground. That is why custom-made is best.

Coated linen lends a sheen to these coats and also makes them water-resistant. A fleece fabric lining makes them warm. The coats are sized for small dogs, about 13 inches in length from neck to tail. The coats shown here are blue with gray trim and orange with brown trim. They're both lined in brown fleece. Use the following templates to cut out linen and fleece: top, underside, and strap. See below for instructions on quilting. Once this step is completed, you should have a quilted body piece, belly strap, and collar. All will have raw edges.

Dog Coat How-To
1. Cut a 12-inch strip of Velcro hook fastener into two 3 1/2-inch pieces and two 2 1/2-inch pieces. Cut a 10-inch strip of Velcro loop fastener into two 2 1/2-inch pieces and two 4-inch pieces. When attaching strips, stitch around the perimeter of each Velcro strip; refer to the pattern for placement: Sew the two 3 1/2-inch hook strips to the belly strap. Before stitching the two 4-inch Velcro loop strips to the coat body, sew them together along their long sides. Sew the remaining loop strips to the linen side of the collar and the remaining hook strips to the opposite tab of the collar on the fleece side.

2. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide bias tape to go around the outer curve of the collar. Pin in place, then stitch. To attach collar to coat: Pin the collar, linen side up, to the linen side of the coat. Stitch 1/4 inch from edge. Remove pins.

3. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide bias tape to go around the edge of the body piece, plus 1 inch. Beginning at the tip of one of the neck flaps, pin in place. Fold under 1/2 inch, leaving 1/2 inch overlapping. Stitch in place. Remove pins.

4. Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide bias tape to go around the edge of the belly strap, plus 1 inch. Pin in place. Fold under 1/2 inch, leaving 1/2 inch overlapping. Stitch in place. Remove pins. Attach belly strap to body piece, as shown on pattern.

Quilting How-To
1. Place the linen for the body piece, wrong side up, on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Spray it with temporary spray adhesive made for fabric. Immediately place the linen, sticky side down, on the fleece for the body piece. Working from the center out, smooth fabric to remove any ripples or creases.

2. Repeat step 1 with the linen and fleece for the belly strap and collar.

3. With a ruler and a disappearing-ink fabric pen, mark diagonal parallel lines 3 inches apart on body piece. To prevent fabric from puckering, sew along lines in the same direction. Draw lines perpendicular to the first and 3 inches apart, and again sew in 1 direction.

4. Repeat step 3 with belly strap and collar.

Fabric for coat: laminated linen in Orange and Blue, $32.95 per yard, from B&J fabrics, 212-354-8150. Fabric for lining: 100 Series double-velour fleece in Adder Brown (#7548-79041), $10.59 per yard, from Mill Direct Textiles, 979-686-7700 ext. 223. Fabric for trim: linen in Brown and Taupe, $7 per yard, from Gray Line Linen, 866-585-4636.

Comments (24)

  • Teach36 2 Mar, 2015

    I followed the instructions exactly and the coats turned out just perfect. The instructions were so easy to follow.

  • mil58 24 Feb, 2014

    I think I will just go to Petsmart and buy one, I am not great with a sewing machine

  • liberty47 1 Jan, 2014

    These instructions are very bad and difficult to follow with no instructions for the belly strap. I cannot even download the templates for the pattern ...... it goes to a site to uninstall a conduit program for spyware......

  • JoJo_Bananas 31 Dec, 2013

    Can anyone explain why the top piece of the pattern and the underside are not mirror images of each other? It doesn't make any sense to me why the pieces don't match.

  • JoJo_Bananas 30 Dec, 2013

    How would you get the fabrics to stick together if you don't want to quilt? I want to make this with PUL and fleece. I'm afraid to try interfacing a waterproof fabric.

  • jstnana 24 Oct, 2013

    Where do I get the emplate for the doggy coat??? I would love to make one. Thank you. J.D.

  • Doggylover1 6 Aug, 2012

    I tried this and it worked out gr8!

  • Snuggles38 15 Apr, 2012

    I am unable to print this pattern

  • gr8idea 2 Mar, 2012

    to enlarge the pattern, I would measure your dog from head to tail. Next divide the number by 13 (the original pattern length) the number you come up with is how much to enlarge the pattern. (20/13 = 1.538 enlarge 154%)

  • mamawolf 16 Feb, 2012

    How can I enlarge the pattern, I have a black lab and a German Shepard mix dogs

  • wmcooper 21 Oct, 2011

    dog clothes

  • Ullalla12 3 Feb, 2011

    why can't i download any patterns?

  • daisysays 20 Dec, 2010

    I made it and it is so cute.

  • swein 5 Dec, 2010

    The directions are not great. I ordered 1 yard of each fabric, enough for 2 coats. Thank goodness because I will be making another one. Here is what I learned. Cut out pieces, quilt all first. The hardest part is matching the collar quilting to the body. Add the bias trim. 2 packs ready made needed. When they say "linen side" they mean the shiny right side. No where does the pattern tell how to add belly flap, so don't look for it. To size up or down just added all the way around or subtract.

  • swein 14 Nov, 2010

    I'm trying to figure out how to sew on the belly strap! I had already figured out that you need to cut a 13" strip rather than a 10" strip. I am a proficient sewer, but these instructions are not the greatest.

  • newbie2sewing 13 Nov, 2010

    How do you figure out the dimensions that will fit your dog?

  • kiltfire 12 Oct, 2010

    I don't get it.

  • kittycatt 20 Sep, 2010

    why is there no yardage listed? And where can I find a complete list of supplies needed for this project?

  • Pantalaimon 16 Aug, 2010

    Ok cut a 12" strip into two 3.5" and two 2.5" strips I usnderstand that. My problem is getting the 10" strip to equal 13" because two 2.5" and two 4" strips equal 13".

  • coffeelover2 28 Mar, 2010

    To access the pattern, you click on the blue highlighted and underlined words "top, "underside", and "strap" and a PDF file should come up with the patterns.

  • andersonbabs 4 Mar, 2010

    how do I pull up the pattern for this?

  • andersonbabs 4 Mar, 2010

    how do I pull up the pattern for this?

  • andersonbabs 28 Feb, 2010

    how do I access the pattern?

  • DeMayo 27 Feb, 2010

    Is it possible to adjust this pattern for a large dog. I would greatly appreciate it. I love the coat.