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Date: 8/24/13 7:21 AM

Hi guys:

So basically I am a childcare worker and I am having the children at my centre paint on some square fabric patches..I'm wanting to sew make a thundershirt using these patches to donate to an animal shelter--I was thinking of making the thundershirt first out of a different fabric, then sewing the patches on top.

Problem is--my sewing experience is limited to making finger puppets by hand. I was wondering if anyone can offer me a thundershirt pattern with measurements that I can follow? If I have something I can follow and copy, I think I can do it.

Any advise or tips would be much appreciated as well--thanks!

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Date: 8/24/13 8:59 AM

We have one for a dog that's scared of storms and fireworks. It's a stretchy knit fabric with velcro for tightness and extra length for under the stomach and around the neck. You can copy it from photos on their site and dog coat patterns--there are some online free.

Another suggestion for kids that would be fun, easier, and for more dogs is have them cut out animal figures from fleece for chew-toys. You can stuff and sew these shapes on the outside quickly, or just stuff little squares for dog toys. (Very washable too.)
We made a bunch of these for Lovies for kids in an African orphanage, to go with pillowcase dresses--faster than dolls. Used prints of jungle animals, funny monsters, princesses, cars/trucks, etc.

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Date: 8/24/13 10:12 AM

This has been asked before. Search the Boards to find additional information.

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Date: 8/24/13 7:52 PM

I have searched the boards, I found this:

http://s21.photobucket.com/user/KimbaJo4/media/Thundershirt/Thundershirt2.jpg.html?sort=3&o=0

But I couldn't find any measurements to follow..if anyone could please offer me the measurements they used for their dogs, that'd be great.

Also the the fleece toys sounds like a great idea--I will definitely look into that!
-- Edited on 8/25/13 10:28 AM --

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Date: 8/24/13 9:14 PM

The title of the thread is Anxiety shirts for dogs. I believe there are other resources (tutorials, pattern, etc) on the web. I'll check my bookmarks and post any I find.

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Date: 8/25/13 11:21 AM

Two things: Here is a pattern for a basic dog coat. Increasing the width of the velcro section and lengthening it so it can wrap around the dog will approximate the pressure needed to calm an agitated dog.
Second, I reread your original post about wanting to sew fabric squares onto a thundershirt. Because the shirt is knit and must stretch to adequately wrap the dog snuggly, I'm thinking attaching anything to the shirt is a poor idea. Maybe (just maybe) if the squares are of knit fabric, it might work. An array of video showing actual before and after results using the Original Anxiety Wrap can be found on youtube, for example: this one. (I am not affiliated with this or any other commercially available dog product.) Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/26/13 1:29 AM

I don't mean to poo-poo your idea, but I would call the animal shelter and ask what they need. My local shelter is ALWAYS desperate for old towels, small blankets, even large shirts -- anything that is soft to line a cage or wrap a scared dog. And they need lots, as they're always getting chewed or destroyed in other ways. If your paint is kid-friendly, it's probably dog friendly, too. The shelter may get more use out of a pile of towels or divided blankets or even old sweaters from a thrift store, decorated by the kiddos.

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