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Suede Doggy Coat

If you have a dog larger than a Frenchie (sacre bleu!), it's easy to improvise: This is essentially just a rectangle and two straps.

Photography: Krause, Johansen

Source: Blueprint, 2006


  • 1/3 yard of suede fabric (for a 20-pound dog

  • Scissors

  • Erasable fabric marker

  • Four buttons

  • Needle and thread


  1. Cut fabric into a 14-by-11-inch rectangle and two 1 1/2-inch-wide straps, 13 and 14 inches long (for other sizes, test with muslin or newspaper); round the corners.

  2. Drape over dog. Mark where buttons will hold the straps, across the lower neck and behind the front legs.

  3. Sew buttons onto main piece; cut slits in straps. (As dog grows, make longer straps.)

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