Easy Felted Dog Coat How To
Seems the only exercise I have time for these days is walking. Well, like many of you, I don’t like to walk alone so I take our beagle, Maggie, with me. Winter’s here and as luck would have it, I couldn’t find Maggie’s coat. The sewing machine was already out so, of course, here goes another project! (My husband’s favorite saying…”You can make that!”)
It didn’t occur to me to take pix while I was making Maggie’s coat so I’ll just have to recreate the process.
-Large piece of non-raveling fabric such as felt. This will eliminate the need to hem the edges. I had previously nuno felted a large piece of fabric with silk chiffon sandwiched between two layers of alpaca fiber batting. I dyed this in a marbled red/blue.
-Sew on Hook & Loop Tape such as Velcro
-Sewing machine or needle and thread
This is the basic shape for most dog coats. The bottom part wraps around the torso and is attached with hook & loop tape at the belly. The front pieces wrap around the neck to keep the whole thing in place. I measured around Maggie’s belly, neck and the length of her body to get the general size.
We took the coat for a test drive and it works like a charm! And the beauty of alpaca fiber is the warmth even though the fabric itself is very thin and lightweight. Now we just need to see how durable it is.
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