Now, I don’t have kids, my kids are my dogs. We have two, Jewel, yellow Lab and Maizy, a black lab. We also have a cat named Sabrina. Below you will meet Jewel, my princess dog. I hope you enjoy this tutorial I am going to show you. Jewel does not like rain, nor snow. She will run out and want right back in, absolutely hates it. Spoiled DOG!
Now on to the Rain Coat Tutorial.
This is Jewels winter coat. She loves wearing shirts and coats, she prances around when she gets dressed. Definitely not your typical lab.
What I did was lay her coat out onto the fabric I wanted to use. Only thing was when I drew around to make the pattern I did not like on side. So I fold it in half and just cut around the side I did like. I gave myself about and inch seam allowance. I did the same thing with her hood on the coat and cut two pieces out with it folded too.
Here are the pieces. This is actually a plastic table cloth type fabric. I got it from Wal-Mart awhile back and made a bib with it. You just want to use a water resistant type fabric.
Then I took the other fabric I wanted on it and laid them together with right sides touching. Pinned the fabric together and cut out the other pieces. The pink I used was a very movable jersey… I didn’t like sewing with it very much. But I was making this what I already had at home.
Next I took the straps on her winter coat and measured out 4 strips that will be used to wrap around the front of her neck and under her stomach. I pinned them right sides together sewed around them and left an opening to right side them out.
Next I did iron, on my lowest setting, and then did my top stitch.
Here is the hood, I sewed the pieces together right sides facing, left and opening and turned them right side out and then did a top stitch and got to this point. I pinned where I was going to sew. I left, at the bottom of the hood on the right side about and inch and half slit.(You will see why as you read.)
Here is the pieces sewn together with slit. The Slit is there just in case you want to put the leash through there.
Now comes time to put all the pieces together. Now when you put the pieces in between the the two fabric. You are going to lay them matching to the sides of fabric they match. (did that make sense? If not let me know Ill help.) You are going to put the hood and two straps at the top. Then towards the bottom you will add the other two strips. Go ahead and sew around but leave an opening so you can right side it out.
Here it is all truned out. Now you will do a top stitch all around the same area you have just sewn.
Once I did my top stitch I put it on Jewel and pinned the front straps where they were comfortable for her. Then eyed the back straps to wrap under her belly. I left the pins in and lifted the coat over her head, Maizy sure wanted to play at this point and it made it tricky not to poke Jewel.
Next I laid my Velcro down and cut them to the size that was good and sewed a piece on either side. Now I was originally going to have each strap Velcro on the outside. But then I liked the clean look of it being on the underside of the coat.
Here is her new Rain Coat. I am very happy with how it turned out and Jewel is too.
Now she is ready for the rainy days.
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