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Sewing for Pets By DianeSev on 3/25/13 4:51 PM

Our pets…we love ‘em, and we love to sew for them.  And let’s face it…they’re adorable and above all are very, very patient with us, tolerating fittings and photograph after photograph.  And the cuteness factor?  Very, very high!  They make us laugh and they make us feel good.  They’re priceless!

So it’s no surprise that we see tremendously sweet and fun projects on PatternReview for members’ pets, dogs and cats.  Costumes are the number one sewing project for our beloved critters, but we also make beds, backpacks and let’s not forget coats!

I ask you…who can resist Basset Hound as Musketeer, the model of patience and acceptance. (Notice the happy tail.)


NhiHuynh sewed this self-drafted pattern for her basset hound as a Halloween costume.

The tunic is a simple t shape with a hole for his head. The fabric was made with spandex left over from her nephew's Superman costume.  She used a double-sided iron-on fusible web to anchor the cross, but because of the constant back-and-forth motion when he walked, the cross didn’t stay put.  She says that next time she’ll sew it on.

There are some considerations that we don’t think of when we’re sewing human garments, like how to attach a leash.  NhiHuynh made a slit for the leash between the shoulder blades.

But why should your pet have fun alone when a family member could have fun with him or her?  That’s the case with Simplicity 1765:

Simplicity 1765


Riley models Simplicity 1765.

Riley, a Blenheim Cavalier King Charles spaniel, looks very dignified in his dragon costume (and cute at the same time.  How does he manage that?), and think how great it would be sew and wear the child’s version of this pattern! 

The pattern comes in 3 sizes, S (13"), M(15"), and L(17").  mars418 noted that they don’t tell you what the measurements are for, but she correctly guessed that they meant the distance from nape of the neck to the beginning of the tail.  She says that the pattern was super easy to make.  She used fleece for the body, felt for the plates and horns, and Velcro for the closures. 

She laughed about making two muslins…for a dog!  Her biggest problem was that Riley wanted to nap when she wanted to fit.  But it was all worth it, because Riley wore it twice, to mars418’s neighborhood Fall Festival and for Halloween.

We could talk all day about the really darn cute costumes members have sewn for their dogs and cats, but there are other pet projects out there too that don’t involve costumes.  And you can still wear an outfit that coordinates with your pet’s garment.

Lounging at home in the living room with the family?  That includes your dog too!  Why not sew this highly recommended Simplicity pattern, 2771, Unisex child's, teen's and adults' tops and pants and top for dog in three sizes?

Simplicity 2771

Simplicity 2771

Can’t you see a family photo of everyone around the fireplace (including the dog) wearing pajamas from this pattern in red plaid?

thepattyc made two pairs of the men's pajama bottoms. Her son is 6'4", but she didn't have to add any additional length to the pants. But, she says, “The star of the show is my dog. I have a short-haired Chihuahua and he has no fur under his front legs or tummy. Therefore, warm attire is critical for him living in the Northeast. I used the leftover flannel from a pair of my son's pajamas and made the dog a little coat.”

Chihuahua, Junior, in Simplicity 2771

thepattyc’s short-haired 6 ½ lb. Chihuahua, Junior, in Simplicity 2771

Simplicity 2771

thepattyc also made 2 pairs of the men’s pajama bottoms.

Don’t feel like sewing for the whole family?  How about for yourself and your pooch? 

 Simplicity 4316 Misses and Dog Accessories

Simplicity 4316 Misses and Dog Accessories

And there are so many options for hats!

Simplicity 4316



Want just your dog to be the center of attention? How about sewing Simplicity 2740 Dog Bonnets in 3 Sizes?

Simplicity 2740

You’ll have so many people stopping to say, “What a cute dog!”

lauramae highly recommends this pattern, one which she sewed for her dog Tino.

Tino in his hat from Simplicity 2740.

She gives a hint to manage the model that might be a wee bit squirmy: “As you are perfecting fit, and each time you put the bonnet on his/her little head, make sure to reward with a treat! Positive reinforcement is a fabulous thing and really works!”

How about a nice coat to go with that hat? 

Vogue 8312 Dog’s Coat 

Vogue 8312 Dog’s Coat

FranVan highly recommends Vogue 8312, and ShastaKatt rated it “Easy & Great for Beginners.”  FranVan says, “It was an easy pattern without too many steps. The largest size wasn't large enough for an 80 lb. greyhound, so I modified it the second time around.”

Want a pattern that’s really versatile?  Try McCall’s 5776!  You not only get patterns for dog coats but also one for a scarf and legwarmers.

McCall's 5776


Perhaps Fifi or Dutchess is too small to be walking around, especially in the big city.  There are a few great patterns for carriers.

McCall's 6621

McCall’s 6621 Dog Hoodie, Harness, Leash, Carrier and Carrier Tote

Kwik Sew 3311

Kwik Sew 3311 Pet Jacket, Dress and Carrier

I don’t mean to leave out our other favorite companion, the cat!  But cats aren’t as willing as dogs to wear costumes (although I was able to put a sombrero on my kitty long enough to snap a picture and sing the first few lines of "Cielito Lindo").

But they do love to play and snuggle.  Kwik Sew 3642 satisfies both these needs.

Kwik Sew 3642

Kwik Sew 3642 Tunnels, Snuggle Sack, Placemat & Toys

By the way, it’s wanted by 9 members and owned by 4.

And when a kitty is not sleeping, playing, snuggling, eating, and keeping your house safe from bad critters, she’s…sleeping, so you need to make the perfect place for her to rest in the perfect fabric and perfect colors.

Kwik Sew 3357

Kwik Sew 3357 Crafts Pet Pillows, Jackets & Toys  (Wanted by 4 members and owned by 8!)

Of course, your dog will want to sleep there also, so why don’t you make him one too?

McCall’s 6455 Dog Bed In 3 Sizes, Leash, Case, Harness Vest and Coat

McCall’s 6455 Dog Bed In 3 Sizes, Leash, Case, Harness Vest and Coat

And if you don’t find something you want, like all PR members, you can draw on your creativity and draft your own pattern.

Here are some items that PR members have created and reviewed.

Pet Bowl

Claverie created this Collapsible Pet Bowl.

Cat Bed

JETrinity sewed this Small Cat Bed (model: Smoky).  Note the pet-appropriate fabric.

When you see the contentment in an image like the one above, you know that it is worth all the hard work you put in!

See more pet patterns.

See more dog patterns and reviews.

Talk about sewing for dogs.

Talk about sewing for cats.


5 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
NhiHuynh said... (3/31/13 12:48 PM) Reply
Great article. I love see pics of what others have sewn for this pets. I had no idea McCall's made a pattern for doggy track suit. I need this pattern!
meels1 said... (3/29/13 2:00 AM) Reply
Yay - something for cats! I love the snuggle sack - that would be a warm safe haven!
Judy Kski said... (3/28/13 11:08 AM) Reply
I really enjoyed reading about and seeing pics from all the patterns that are out there for our pets.
Mair723 said... (3/27/13 9:36 AM) Reply
HDWen said... (3/27/13 9:19 AM) Reply
What a fun article to read! Purrfectly adoreable too, thank a bunch!

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