Free Dog Coat Patterns

Follow our free dog coat patterns to keep your dogs warm and dry!

Pattern 1 - Woven Dog Coat

Cy in a woven plaid coat

An article and template for a woven dog jacket pattern created by Ruth Morrison of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was published in Handwoven, a magazine for weavers, some years ago.

See page 4 of the article for the full template and instructions. You will also need to view this for Patterns Two A and B.

I simplified the pattern somewhat as described below.

Pattern 2A - Dog Raincoat

The modified version of the pattern is shown at left. 

Note that the chest plate has been removed. You're left with straps that go around the dog's neck and a belly band.

(The dark, dashed line used to be the center when it was Comet's coat - see below.)

Originally, I made a dog rain jacket for Comet, our GSD mix, using the modified pattern.

After he died, I used that same vinyl jacket and cut it down to make a waterproof dog coat to fit our Chiweenie, Pebble.

Pattern 2B - Dog Fleece Coat

Of course, I already had the pattern, which was a big help.

I then used Pebble's raincoat as the pattern for the dog winter coat shown at left.

I wanted to surprise a friend by making it for her doggie - I estimated Teeny's size to be similar to Pebble's - looks like I was right!

It only took me 3 hours to cut out the pieces and sew them together by hand (my sewing machine was on the blink).

I imagine it would take half the time by machine.

Your Turn to Make a Pattern

To make your own free dog coat pattern for winter, for any size dog, just follow the instructions below.

Step 1:  Create the pattern using your dog's measurements per the directions for Comet's raincoat - poster board would work well if you don't have a suitable piece of vinyl.

Step 2:  Select a piece of fabric that's warm, large enough, and in the colors you want. Choose a contrasting OR matching color for the trim.

Make sure you have thread that blends in well.

Step 3: Cut around the outline of your pattern and lay it on your fabric (per photo top left).

Step 4: Cut out the fabric - you may need to pin or tape the pattern in place first.

Step 5: Cut a strip of trim that is about 1.25 to 1.5 inches (30-38mm) wide and as long as your material allows.

Step 6: Pin and sew the trim to the wrong side of the fabric along the neck area, the sides, the bottom end of the coat, and the sides of the belly band.

I used hem stitch (slanted stitches) because the fleece was fraying along the edges. You could use zigzag stitch on your sewing machine.

Step 7: Fold over the trim onto the right side, pin, and then sew it in place. 

Step 8: If desired, you can use the same trim all the way around OR ribbon or a thinner trim for the parts that will fold over each other; i.e., the ends of the belly band and the neck pieces. 

Step 9: Add fasteners to the end of the belly band and the neck pieces - you can use Velcro, snaps, crocheted loops or braided yarn, or buttons. 

Since I didn't have any snaps or Velcro, I sewed on two large buttons. I cut button holes in corresponding places and used about a dozen buttonhole stitches around each hole.

More Free Dog Coat Patterns

For more free dog coat patterns, all of them contributed by visitors to this site, please go to Make a Dog Coat page.

If you have any pattern of your own to share, please email us.

Wishing you and your dogs warm and fuzzy times this winter!


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