A homemade dog raincoat that’s a snap to make!
For Comet’s rain coat, I just used plain vinyl – he didn’t need a warm lining with his thick fur.
If you line the inside of your dog raincoat, add extra vinyl around the edges so it’ll be big enough.
This pattern is also perfect for making waterproof dog coats for winter snow.
The vinyl keeps your dog’s fur from getting wet so you end up drying only the exposed parts, which is a real-time and labor saver and keeps the dog from getting chilled. This waterproof material easily wipes clean and dry.
About the Homemade Dog Raincoat Pattern
It only took me three hours start to finish to make a large size coat for Comet. After he passed away, I cut it down for Pebble, who weighed 13 lbs; that time it took me about an hour.
The pattern for this homemade dog raincoat was modified from a woven version created by Ruth Morrison of Oklahoma. You’ll need to reference her article, which ran in the Sept/Oct 2006 issue of Handwoven magazine.
I didn’t make a collar but used the pattern to make a detachablehood instead. It’s your choice whether to add a hood or not, and whether to make it fixed or removable.
- Vinyl upholstery cloth or a suitable waterproof cloth
- Length = Length of your dog from head to base of the tail
- Width = circumference of your dog from the neck down to behind the front legs and back up to your starting spot
- Scissors for cutting cloth
- A black marker or another fabric pen for marking cloth
- Velcro, 1-2 inches (25-50mm) wide; 14 inches (355mm) long – get the sew-on kind or plan on adding a waterproof, longlasting glue to the adhesive kind.
- Needle and thread to match the outside of the cloth
Measuring Your Dog and Creating the Pattern
- Measure from between your dog’s shoulder blades to the top of the breastbone.
- Measure along the dog’s back from the collar to the base of the tail.
- Adapt your dog’s measurements to the pattern: each square is 1×1 inches (25x25mm).
- Comet’s were easy, being exactly twice the inches shown.
- Draw the grid on the underside of your cloth with a marking pen.
- Transfer the design to your grid, block by block.
Cutting and Fitting the Vinyl
- Cut out the design.
- Have your dog stand, using a helper if need be.
- Place the cutout design on your dog.
- Fold the flaps the way they will be when fastened and use tape to hold them.
- Note any adjustments that need to be made with your marker.
- Do any additional cutting needed.
- Note: The chest plate did not appear to be necessary for Comet so we cut that part off.
- Fold the edges of your material over and sew a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam all the way around.
Adding the Velcro
- Cut pieces of Velcro 2 inches (50mm) long and trim the corners to make oblongs OR cut your Velcro patches the size and shape you want.
- Pin or press one half of each patch (fuzzy or hook side) in the places shown, either from the photos at right or the paper pattern.
- Pin or press the other half of the Velcro patches in the proper places and try them out. Sew or glue them on once you’re sure of correct placement.
Well, that’s the first part of the homemade dog raincoat. Now for the final touch, the hood.
Adding the Hood
- For the bottom edge of the hood, copy the paper pattern for the bottom edge of the collar, or just measure along the coat you just made.
- Hem this edge, then either sew the collar onto the coat body, wrong sides together, or add Velcro (see * at left).
- For the hood, copy the design from the photo or make up your own design.
- Hem all the way around.
*Apply Velcro on the right or wrong side of the homemade dog raincoat to match the three spots on the hood. Try it out before sewing or gluing the Velcro permanently.