Making Dog Clothes
From Your Old Stuff

Making dog clothes from stuff you no longer wear is very simple, according to several of our visitors. 

Below are ideas and directions that they have contributed to our website. Enjoy!

Puppy One-zzz
by Xzavia from Detroit, MI, USA

Well, I could not keep paying for these outrageous prices for a doggie dress for my Velvet.

So I went home and took apart a previous outfit that I had purchased.

I made a pattern from it and the rest is history.

Tell me what you think!!!!!

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My Homemade Doggie Dress
by Daisie from Grundy, VA, USA

I made a dog harness dress out of my clothes for my dog Lilly!!!

It is pink with flower print on it. I also used pink ribbon and some princess crown pins which don't hurt the dog or come off - we made sure of that :) 

I also made a collar - it is pink and has a liitle charm that came off a necklace of mine. I tried it out so it won't come off :D 

Make Your Own Dog Clothes 
by Sandy from Reading, PA, USA

Making dog clothes yourself is so easy!

I have a pitbull and I get my son's old toddler clothing and put it on him. On my toy poodle I use recycled baby clothing. (I got my first dog five years ago and learned how to make dog clothes for him ever since).

I just roll up the sleeves or cut them so they fit the length of the dogs' legs. Right now a shirt was a little too long so I cut a v-shape in the shirt where the dog's stomach would be so he wouldn't soil it. 

My pitbull with my neighbor

I was also thinking of buying that double sided tape you iron on for clothing to adjust the waist, since I don't sew.

Poncho and shirt from old and raggy clothes!
by Brigette, USA


Take any shirt that isn't too important to you anymore.


You need a small blanket shorter than the dog. Then sew buckles, two on the front and two more buckles on the girth area. Buckle loosely around the chest and a little tighter than loose comfort around the girth.

Usually you want to put this on after a bath, cold night, on an older dog, or just for kicking back.

If you put that shirt on your dog the way it is it may hurt your dog and won't feel too comfortable. To make it feel better, cut a little bit of the armpit area about 3 to 5 inches. And cut a V by the neck. I have two large golden retrievers so I just use slightly smaller shirts on them, but if you have a smaller dog it's just so easy- just cut it in half.

Sweaters and Clothes
by Theresa from Excelsior Springs, MO, USA

We are always making dog clothes for our Doberman and Pitbull because they have short hair so they get too cold in the winter.  (These instructions are not for smaller dogs such as Yorkies.)

For female dogs:

Purchase little girl clothing such as tops or skirts. For large dogs, size children's 6 and 7 usually fit; for medium 4 and 5; for smaller dogs, 2 and 3. Find them at thrift stores and garage sales to save money on them - tops that have spaghetti straps usually do not work well.

For male dogs:

Purchase boy clothes in sizes 7 and 8 for large dogs, 5 and 6 for medium, and 4 and 5 for small.  

After making sure the top fits the dog mark on the belly just under the arm pits and cut a square out so that when the dog urinates he won't pee on the top. Hem around the hole to complete.

Homemade Skirt for Dogs
by Abby B., Atlanta, GA, USA

This is kind-of funny but I guess it's worth it! 

  • First you take any old shorts or pants you have or you can buy some at a thrift store.
  • Cut the two seams that are in the middle.(If you were wearing them it would be the ones that were on the insides of your legs.)
  • Then you sew them to the opposite legs so they look like a skirt.
  • If the waist band isn't elastic sew a piece in the waist band, then put it on your dog. This is difficult for me because my dog Emma seems to wiggle out of everything :)
  • There you have it, a skirt for dogs!

Making Dog Clothes
by Noriz, Philippines

This idea for making dog clothes is so easy (and inexpensive!) that you could even open some sales from it.

Just get an old but clean piece of clothing (or a new one that you don't need).

You may use baby clothes for small dogs, children's wear for medium-sized dogs, or teen/adult clothing for those big canines.

If the clothes don't fit to your satisfaction, you may resew them. Be sure your dog likes the size too. 

Decorate if necessary, and just throw it on your fuzzy dog!

Dog clothes out of old shirts and pants
by Mary Beth, USA

Well I had just got my sewing machine for Christmas. I was so excited that I couldn't wait for my mom to take me to WalMart to go get some fabric. So I went through my closet and got out some old shirts and pants that don't fit anymore and I cut them up into sheets of fabric and used that making dog clothes for my dogs.

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