Making dog clothes at home can be a very fun and rewarding project. Your dog is your best friend, but isn’t it a lot of money to buy a doggie t-shirt that barely fits for $25 at a big box store? Our furry friends deserve the best, so we should give it to them! It is actually very easy to make dog clothes right from your own home. There are an infinite number of benefits when it comes to creating your own dog clothes at home. Not only will you spend less money, but you will have so much more control over the type of clothing it is made out of and how it fits.
The first step to making your own dog clothes at home is sizing. You need to be sure that you are going to make something that will fit your dog properly. You will need a measuring tape that can easily fit around your dog so that you can get the most accurate measurements possible. Measure around his body, down his back, down his stomach and more. As you take the measurements, be sure to write them down so you do not have to remeasure.
After you have your measurements for your dog’s clothes, it’s time to decide what type of clothing you want to make. There are plenty of different patterns online for different styles of dog clothes. You can choose from dog shirts, dog skirts, dog dresses, dog jackets and more. After you choose what type of clothing you would like to make, it is time to pick out the fabric. This is one of the most fun parts of making your own dog clothes at home. Having more control over how the fabric will fit and feel is the biggest benefit to this whole process. When you are looking at different fabrics, keep in mind that you want your dog to be comfortable. On the most affordable level, instead of driving over to the fabric store, stay home and choose something from your own closet to work with. You would be surprised how well an old t-shirt can be transformed into something beautiful that your dog will wear for ages to come. Plus, most old t-shirts or shorts already are made out of a soft and flexible fabric that will not only feel great against your dog’s skin, but it will also be easy to alter and work with. If you are looking to make a piece of clothing for your dog that is more weather-resistant, a great idea would be to find an old vinyl tablecloth or pliable plastic that can be shaped into their new rain jacket.
The next step will be to decide exactly how your new pets clothing will be made. What process will you use? If you are looking to create a sweater, you could crochet or knit something, rather than using sewing techniques. This is very handy if you already know how to crochet or knit. Or, if you do not want to make it that way, you can use the traditional method of cutting, sewing and piecing together. This is useful for when you are working with old t-shirts or leftover fabrics and clothing. If piecing together clothing, you are going to use the measurements you just took to cut out pieces of clothing that will be put together to form the final piece. This can be done in a measure of ways. The first way (and the easiest) is to cut out the shape that will be the entire back or front of your dogs shirt. Then, after measuring the neck and leg openings, sew the two pieces together. Make holes for the legs and neck, and then sew on pieces that may go down the legs, if you would like.
If sewing is not your thing, you can also use velcro, fabric glue or tape. If using velcro, take a large sheet of paper and draw an outline of the prospective shirt or sweater. Draw it as if it was already cut open and was lying flat. Then, put the fabric over that outline. Cut the fabric along the outline you drew. Apply the fabric glue down each of the ends and apply a long piece of precut Velcro. This is another easy way to make clothes for your dog. If you are using an old shirt, you can check to see if your dogs neck will fit through the neck of the existing shirt. Then, just cut around the actual shirt to the size of your dogs body, keeping the neck in tact. Crop and adjust as needed, and viola another doggie shirt is created!
Making your own dog’s clothes at home can be very fun and affordable. You will no longer need to run to the store to buy them the latest in the pet store fashion, but you can create your own line of doggie wear yourself. This gives you more control over the fabric and sizing. So what are you waiting for? Get started today!