Could you sew a coat to keep a large rescue dog warm this winter? They often receive small dog coats but larger sizes are desperately needed.
This tutorial is for a quilted and bound coat. If you have some fabric in your stash that's warm enough as a single layer, e.g. polar fleece or felted wool, you could easily use the same shape and skip the quilting layers. If you have a large dog, you may like to measure the pattern against your pooch and make adjustments to suit; a variety of shapes would probably be helpful. Whatever pattern or fabric you use, just make sure it's:
- machine washable
- won't take too long to dry
- Medium to Extra-Large dog sized
- preferably with adjustable velcro closure.
What a great way to use up some mid-sized pieces in your fabric stash - and know they're going to be well-used and appreciated!
If you're in the shop we are very happy to trace off a quick brown-paper-copy of this simple pattern for you to take home. Otherwise, it should be pretty simple to draw one up following the images below.
*** The RSPCA is going to provide us with some measurements for Medium and Extra Large dogs to help if you would like to adjust the following pattern. This post will be updated when info available. ***
SIMPLE LARGE DOG COAT PATTERN
For quilted version you will need:
- 2 pieces of fabric, at least 60 x 75cm each, prewashed, plus extra for binding
- 1 piece of quilt batting, 60 x 75cm (we used our wool batting for warmth)
- 13" (30cm) of wide elastic (we used our 1/5" wide)
- piece of velcro, about 7cm long (velcro available at The Drapery).
Please excuse mixing of metric and imperial throughout... it's a sewing thing isn't it?
Sketch out the following on a rectangle of paper.
Trim excess fabric from inside darts and press seams open.
On the opposite side of the coat to where you attached the elastic, sew the furry side of your velcro, matching the position of the elastic. Sew the 'hook' side of your velcro to the end of the elastic. This piece can be shorter than the furry piece. Round off the corners of the velcro to help avoid any scratchy bits.
- Jane & Fiona xx
PS anyone may feel free to use this pattern and tutorial to sew for an animal rescue organisation of their choice, or for their own pets, but we would appreciate links/credits where appropriate, thanks.