Monday, June 4, 2012

Dog Gone Adorable Rain Coat

Now, I don't have kids, my kids are my dogs. We have two, Jewel, yellow Lab and Maizy, a black lab. We also have a cat named Sabrina. 
Below you will meet Jewel, my princess dog.

 I hope you enjoy this tutorial I am going to show you. Jewel does not like rain, nor snow. She will run out and want right back in, absolutely hates it. Spoiled DOG! First I'd like to share a little short story about how Jewel became the my little princess dog. I really do believe she thinks she is Purse dog stuck in a big dogs body.

This was Jewel when I got her. How can you not love that sweet puppy face.

Jewel was brought to me by my dad with a BIG pink bow around her neck. I was instantly in tears! But more because three days before I had Jewel, my other dog Bashful just passed away of Addison's diesease. She went into kidney failure, she was gone at the age of 3... This was the hardest moment of my life. {I'll have to share with you all someday how Bashful came into my life and the times we had together.} So my mom and I had a trip planned to go back to MO to visit a good friend of hers and I wasn't really looking forward to going, due to losing Bashful. But my mom and dad wanted me to go an get my mind of things and try to get me happy again. Long story short my dad swears to this day, and I believe him, that Bashful came to him, one night, and said please find my girl another dog to love her as much as I did. My dad did so much searching! He got Jewel about an hour away from our house. She has become my big baby now and I love seeing her every minute of the day. When I get home she is who I want to see. Jewel and I had a ruff start due to her already being about 4 months and me having a ruff time trying to love this new pup. The potty training was the hardest thing for me. If anything she helped me through a very hard time, and taught me to love again and that I can love again. I could keep going, I have another story with Jewel, but I will save that for another day.

Now on to the Rain Coat Tutorial.

This is Jewels winter coat. She loves wearing shirts and coats, she prances around when she gets dressed. Definitely not your typical lab.

What I did was lay her coat out onto the fabric I wanted to use. Only thing was when I drew around to make the pattern I did not like on side. So I fold it in half and just cut around the side I did like. I gave myself about and inch seam allowance. I did the same thing with her hood on the coat and cut two pieces out with it folded too.

Here are the pieces. This is actually a plastic table cloth type fabric. I got it from Wal-Mart awhile back and made a bib with it. You just want to use a water resistant type fabric.

Then I took the other fabric I wanted on it and laid them together with right sides touching. Pinned the fabric together and cut out the other pieces. The pink I used was a very movable jersey... I didn't like sewing with it very much. But I was making this what I already had at home.

Next I took the straps on her winter coat and measured out 4 strips that will be used to wrap around the front of her neck and under her stomach. I pinned them right sides together sewed around them and left an opening to right side them out.

Next I did iron, on my lowest setting, and then did my top stitch.

Here is the hood, I sewed the pieces together right sides facing, left and opening and turned them right side out and then did a top stitch and got to this point. I pinned where I was going to sew. I left, at the bottom of the hood on the right side about and inch and half slit. 
[You will see why as you read.]

Here is the pieces sewn together with slit. 
The Slit is there just in case you want to put the leash through there.

Now comes time to put all the pieces together. Now when you put the pieces in between the the two fabric. You are going to lay them matching to the sides of fabric they match. (did that make sense? If not let me know Ill help.) You are going to put the hood and two straps at the top. Then towards the bottom you will add the other two strips. Go ahead and sew around but leave an opening so you can right side it out.

Here it is all truned out. Now you will do a top stitch all around the same area you have just sewn.

Once I did my top stitch I put it on Jewel and pinned the front straps where they were comfortable for her. Then eyed the back straps to wrap under her belly. I left the pins in and lifted the coat over her head, Maizy sure wanted to play at this point and it made it tricky not to poke Jewel.

Next I laid my Velcro down and cut them to the size that was good and sewed a piece on either side. Now I was originally going to have each strap Velcro on the outside. But then I liked the clean look of it being on the underside of the coat.

Here is her new Rain Coat. I am very happy with how it turned out and Jewel is too.  
Now she is ready for the rainy days.


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Erika said...

Jewel must be in heaven with this raincoat, what a lovely story of the dogs, and it feel so nice to see people treating animals right, I am a dog lover as well, and appreciate all persons who take good care of dogs, they are our family after all. Nicely done coat. Love it.

Kayla's Creations said...

Jewel is such a sweet & pretty dog, she reminds me so much of my chloe girl with their personalities, loving to be pampered :). You did a wonderful job on this raincoat & Jewel is the perfect model! Thanks for sharing!
-Kayla :)

Winnie said...

I'm so moved by your loving and caring for these dogs!
Your dogs are simply blessed having you

Anonymous said...

Is she always tied up???

Heather Kaluf said...

If your wondering if she outside all the time NO! She doesn't stay around the house so we have to put her on her "lead" when she goes outside to go to the bathroom!

Heather Kaluf said...

Also, if you look at the pictures you will see that our YARD is not fenced in. That fence you do see is a golf course. I have worked with MANY and I mean MANY rescues for animals. All of my families horse are all rescues. A lot of our animals are ACTUALLY! So read the post again and see how loving I am, I would never in my life hurt an animal. I have turned people in for hurting animals!

Claiming Our Space said...

I am so glad that I am not the only one with a "Princess Dog." Our Willow, a 65 lb, Pointer Boxer mix, thinks that rain is really acid and refuses to go out in it. I have been contenplating making her a raincoat and this is a great tut. I would love it if you would share this on my linky party Tout It Tuesday.

About said...

I'm really just too impressed to know what to say. You realize you made your dog a raincoat. Raincoats costing upward of $50 or more. Seriously you are amazing! You should consider Etsy!

Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife said...

I absolutely love the fabrics you chose for Jewel's rain coat. I also have a yellow lab named Holly. I made her two winter coats recently and she loves wearing them up here in Canada. I am stopping by from You're talking too much linky party and your newest follower.

Here is what I shared:

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

Oh my goodness this is so adorable!!! I've got to try this for my pups!!! Yours is precious!
Stopping by from the Southern Lovely party :-)

Jill said...

Gorgeous dog and a super cute coat!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said...

That is too cute!!! You did a great job putting it all together! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.

Karen at said...

Love this!!! Your Jewel is precious, what a face! I am a total dog person, I believe your dad completely, and like dogs better than a lot of humans ;)

Sheila said...

That is really, really sweet! I love my fur babies too! My Tia is just 2 lbs. and I have a hard time finding clothes, especially coats to fit her. I'm gonna have to borrow mom's sewing machine and make her one of these! Love the patterned fabric too!
Have a fantabulous day:)

Hubba said...

What a perfect coat! Thanks for the tutorial, I'm a new follower from a blog hop would love if you followed back at

Claiming Our Space said...

Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday!

Jess @ Spool and Spoon said...

Oh. My. Goodness!! I love this. I got a great oil cloth / tablecloth on clearance at HomeGoods and have been searching high and low for a project that will use it. This is perfect! While my pup LOVES the rain (ugh....) I would prefer she stay dry and this will definitely do the trick

AmieAnn said...

I wish I had a dog just for the clothes! How stinking cute is this? I just love it! All the dogs in your neighborhood must be soo jealous of your style maven! I am featuring this~
Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo~
Amie @ Pinkapotamus

Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy said...

Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured so stop by and grab a brag button! I've also pinned your post to my Tuesday Confessional Feature board in Pinterest. Congrats and I hope to see you again at this week's party!

Evelyn said...

This is just too cute! She is so styling and seems so proud of her coat. Great job on an amazing design:) Thank you for sharing this cutie at Freedom Fridays. Hope you have a super terrific week!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

BAH!!! I LOVE IT! My dogs both need one!!! :) Thanks for linking to Fancy This Fridays! By the way... YOU were featured on Truly Lovely today! ;)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! The coat and your babies! <3

Marcie said...

These are so cute. If I could sew I would make one. :) YPlease come share at my linky party!
Marcie @

Emma said...

Love it! My dog is so silly. He will wade in the lake but if it's raining even a little bit he will not go outside. I might have to make him a rain coat! Good looking dogs you have.

Six Sisters said...

Your puppies are ADORABLE! How fun! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

Pams Party said...

Thank for linking up to Dare to Share. I really loved the pictures of your sweet dog. I chose you and Jewel this week to be part of the Dare to Share Double Feature. I look forward to seeing what you link up next.


Noel said...

Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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