To my mind, homemade dog clothes offer several advantages over those you can buy at a pet store.
These include such things as lower costs, greater control over fabrics and designs, and something that can be made to fit properly.
I've experimented mostly with items made out of fabrics and yarns. Visitors to our site have contributed their creations here as well as on various homemade dog clothes pages.
Comet's fitting for a Hawaiian shirt that was never completed
The first step is to take your dog's measurements - the more accurate the better the result. Redo as many times as needed. Be sure to write them down!
The next step is to find or make a pattern.
Fittings are another recommended part of the process for making homemade dog clothes.This is where you check for correct fit after cutting out pieces and pinning them together.
Do avoid poking your dog with pins if you want to keep using him or her as the model!
Why not start with a free dog clothes pattern to make a dog shirt? Once you have one pattern made that is tailored to your dog, you can use it for all sorts of other homemade dog clothes of this type!
If you've made your own dog shirt, please share it here!
Looking for a good way to save on doggie dresses? Check out our discount dog dresses and skirts page.
Website visitor Cynthia from California sent in very detailed instructions for a dog harness dress she created for her Westie, Allie.
For rainy or snowy weather, make a homemade dog coat out of waterproof vinyl.
Learn how to make a dog raincoat that will last your dog for years.
See my free dog coat patterns with instructions to make a coat out of fleece, or make a homemade dog coat by knitting, crocheting or weaving one and then lining it with a solid material to provide warmth.
Noriz from the Phillippines also shares with us her denim Doggie Jacket made from an old outfit.
Homemade dog sweaters are another way to keep your dog warm on those wintry days.
View some of my original designs, including the knitted autumn sweater for Pebble, as well as a collection of free patterns for:
from Canada gave us the following instructions for making a doggie poncho:
Here are some comments on the poncho idea:
I think this could also work to make a simple, last-minute dog
costume. You could turn your dog into a Christmas tree, ghost, shamrock, heart, beach bum or magician (if you add a top hat).
Thanks for sharing this post. I had searched many sites to get a method to make the doggie poncho myself, but I didn’t get it from anywhere. You have given me the opportunity to learn how to make it and I am very grateful to you for that.
And how about making a dog vest pattern? Although my design is for a therapy dog vest, it can be used for Halloween outfits, wedding tuxedos to be part of any canine dress-up occasion or outfit.
Dog socks or leg warmers are homemade dog clothes that can be knitted or crocheted to help keep your pooch even warmer. They can also cover a bandage or let you show some team spirit for the sport of your choice!
One more advantage of making custom fit dog clothes is that guaranteed sense of satisfaction seeing your furry friend wearing something you've made and being able to tell people who are oohing and aahing that it's YOUR creation!
This leads us to our next step, which is to share it!
See Making Dog Clothes From Your Old Stuff for some examples and ideas, including the homemade doggie dress at left.
See other homemade dog clothes created by our visitor below the submission form.
Simply fill out the boxes below with as many details of your original project as possible.
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