Cold weather friends rejoice—it’s fleece season! As you pull out your favorite cold weather pullovers, your furry friend may be wondering, “Where’s mine?” With this Polartec® Fleece dog coat tutorial from Spoonflower maker Stacie Rudy of Rudy Adventures, you can add a stylish and cozy item to their wardrobe so they’re ready for outdoor adventure too. Fleece dog jackets are as snuggly as they are cute. Plus this one comes with an optional hood to keep them extra warm! Want to give your pup one but don’t sew? You can buy a made-just-for-your-pup dog hoodie straight from Stacie’s website.
Stacie: What’s cuter than a dog dressed for the occasion? Our adopted model dog Buddy is happy to show you his new cold-weather look in this tutorial. He loves long walks, lots of snuggles and his mama. His favorite thing about this dog coat with a hood is that it keeps him warm and cozy as the fabric is incredibly soft. He also feels very confident in this one-of-a-kind wardrobe addition!
See What Size Coat is Right for Your Pup
See the size chart to see what size coat to make your pet. Since you are using stretchy fabric, sizing is based on the weight of the dog vs. pup measurements.
Dog Coat Materials
- Free printable pattern (in the correct size for your dog)
- Polartec® Fleece—Stacie is using Moss-Scape-Emerald Green Plaid by winkeltriple for the bodice and outer hood)
- Performance Piqué—Stacie is using Conifer Holiday by claire_noelle for the hood lining)
- Coordinating thread
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter
- Pins or sewing clips
- Sewing machine or serger
- Marker or fabric chalk
Want to Skip the Hood or the Hood Lining?
Steps to Sew a Dog Coat
Part 1: Print Your Pattern and Cut Out Your Pieces
Print your free Rudy Adventures Pattern, making sure it’s scaled at 100%. Cut out the 8 pieces of the pattern, which you’ll be using as paper templates to create the dog coat. Given that Polartec Fleece doesn’t fray, please note that the arm and body openings will have raw edges vs. finished ones.
1. Trace your pattern pieces onto fabric, then cut them out. Once you’ve cut out your hoodie and bodice paper pattern pieces, lay them on top of your fabric. You should have 8 paper pattern pieces, two of which will be placed on the fabric’s fold as noted below:
2 Bodice Pieces:
• 1 front bodice piece (cut this pattern piece with the fabric folded in half)
• 1 back bodice piece (cut this pattern piece with the fabric folded in half)
6 Hood Pieces (3 outer hoodie pieces, 3 lining pieces):
Outer hoodie (Stacie is using Polartec Fleece):
• 2 main side pieces (one for each side of the hood)
• 1 main center piece (for the center section of the hood)
Hoodie lining (Stacie is using Performance Piqué):
• 2 lining side pieces (one for each side of the hood)
• 1 lining center piece (for the center section of the hood)
2. Next, using your fabric chalk or marker, trace your pattern pieces onto your fabric.
3. Before cutting both front and back fabric pieces, mark the center of the neckline on both pieces.
4. Once you’ve traced your paper templates onto your fabric, cut your pattern pieces out of your fabric. Now let’s start sewing!
Part 2: Sew The Bodice Together
1. First, sew the bodice shoulders together. Pin or clip the front and back bodice pieces together with the right sides facing inward. Using a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance, sew the front and back bodice pieces together at the shoulders. If you’re using a sewing machine, start and finish with a zigzag stitch, as with all sewn parts of this project. If you’re using a serger, check out this post with five ways to finish your serger chain.
2. Next, sew the sides of the bodice. With the right sides facing inward, clip the side bodice sides together and sew the side seams. Start and finish with a backstitch, then turn the fabric pieces right side out. Set that aside, and let’s start working on the hood.
Part 3. Sew Your Hood Pieces Together
1. Organize your 6 hood pieces. To keep things neat and organized, place your 2 main side hood pieces (one for each side) and 1 main center hood piece (for the center section) together in one small stack. Then do the same thing for your 2 lining side pieces and 1 lining center piece.
2. Next, you’ll be sewing the edges of the hood’s center pieces to each hood side piece individually. First sewing one long edge of the hood center piece to one hood side piece, then the other.
Starting at the top, clip the hood center piece to the top of one hood side piece. Clip these pieces together all the way down the curve of the bottom of the hood. Be sure to line up your center notches. Sew in place.
Repeat this step for the other side of the hood.
3. After both hood side pieces have been sewn to the hood’s center piece, sew the short front bottom of the hoodie (where the dog’s neck would be) into place and sew.
4. Repeat all hoodie steps in Part 3 above for the hood lining.
Part 4. Create the Hood
Now comes the fun part—starting to see it all come together!
1. Prepare both hood sections to be sewn together by laying your main hood wrong side out, and your lining hood right side out. Placing them with the right sides together looks like the images below:
2. Clip around the face, match all seams and sew in place around the face only. Do not stitch around the bottom.
3. Turn your hood right side out to see it come to life, I told you this was the fun part!
Part 5. Sew the Hood to the Bodice
1. Turn your hood so that the lining is facing outward and your main fabric is on the inside. With the hood upside down and the face opening up, pull the coat bodice up through the face opening and into the open bottom of the hood. (See the image below.)
Your goal here is to align the bottom raw edges of the hood with the bodice neckline.
2. Clip the raw edge of the hood’s bottom to the bodice neckline, clipping first at the center front and the center back. Clip all the way around, then sew in place.
3. Now that they’re sewn together, flip your hood right side out! For more personalization, add a label (or name tag) to the coat to show who made it.
4. To put the coat on your dog, slide it on first over the head, then through each paw individually. To remove the coat, take out each paw one at a time, then slide it off your pup’s head. Enjoy!