If you own a dog, it’s almost obvious that you treat him or her as a member of your family. You provide the best you can for them, from quality food to the best veterinary care. But even after doing so much for your dog, there may be one thing that you might not be doing right, and that is clothing him or her.
Well, you may not think that it’s relevant to get some clothes for your dog, but the truth is that they do more than just make your dog look trendy. Your pooch needs something to keep them warm during the chilly winter months.
Buying some clothes for your dog, however, is in most cases an expensive option, but you have the choice to make some clothes for your dog and save some cash. Besides, making shirts for dogs is quite an easy thing to do. All you need is some old baby clothes from a thrift store or any other source.
How to make dog clothes
If you are after making DIY dog clothing, the best garment for that should be a baby’s onesie. It’s so easy to make a bodysuit or t-shirt for your dog using a onesie without requiring much effort. You can always get several onesies from a thrift store at an affordable price if you don’t have one at home.
To be sure that you have the correct size for your pooch, all you need to know is that a newborn’s onesie will fit a dog who’s under 15 pounds. If your dog is larger, be sure to get a larger onesie for them. A onesie for a three months old baby should be perfect for your dog if they weigh 15 pounds and above.
What you’ll need
- 1 onesie
- Needle and thread (sewing machine should work as well)
Step 1: Fit the onesie on the dog
The first thing you have to do is fit the onesie on your dog. This gives you a good idea of where you will have to cut and hem so that the shirt can fit your dog.
To avoid struggling too much with adjustments, be sure to get a onesie that is a close match to your dog’s size. While fitting the onesie on your dog, do it inside out and then trace the straight line where you need to cut.
Step 2: Cut the bottom portion
Following the line, you traced, cut off the bottom part of the onesie. You can always leave a little space just in case you are not sure whether the onesie will fit your dog.
Step 3: Sew the hem
Using a sewing machine is the easiest way to sew a hem in the bottom of the shirt. This requires sewing just like you would any other garment. Sewing by hand is also not a hard thing to do. All you have to do is cut a small slit measuring about 1/8th of an inch on each of the sides of the sewn seam.
Once done, fold up the small piece of fabric then start sewing. When sewing, be sure to start from the inside of the onesie so that the sewed part looks neat from the outside. Repeat this procedure for the back or front side of the onesie depending on the side you started.
Step 4: Tighten and clean up the edges
The last thing you have to do is to tighten the thread so that it stays put. Be sure to get rid of the excess thread so that the finished shirt looks neat. Once everything is done, go ahead and put the shirt on your dog. That should be a cheap, quick, and easy way to offer your dog something he can wear, whether to keep him a little bit warm or just look stylish.
Other doggy costumes to consider
When it comes to making garments for your furry friend, the options are endless. All that matters, in this case, is your creativity. Here are some ideas for that unique look on your dog:
# Custom shirts
If your dog is quite large to wear onesies, you should use sweaters or even large blank t-shirts. If you are after a matching look, you can always get two shirts from the store; one that is your size, and a smaller one for your dog.
Extra small dogs or puppies should also not be left out. If your dog is considerably small, you can even use a sock to make them a shirt for a snug fit. All you have to do is cut the heel and toe, then make some short cuts from the foot part of the sock for the front legs of your dog.
If you’re just interested in making a simple fashion statement, you can get a bandana for Fido. Rather than buying one, you can make your own without much effort. Besides, making a bandana is quite easy as you can do it with almost any fabric you prefer.
# Knitted wear
If you’re a knitting or crocheting fan, you can make a unique dog sweater for the chilly seasons. You can even make two sweaters for a matching look with your pup.
# Custom collars
There is no need to get a collar for your dog from the store when you can always make one. All you need is a sewing machine, measuring tape, nylon webbing, tri-glide glide, spray starch, fabric, iron, and a contoured side release buckle. You should, however, use material that will remain strong even with the wear and tear that’s involved.
Getting some clothes for your dog is not a hard thing to do since you can always make some. When designing costumes for Fido, however, be sure to get fabric materials that are comfortable for the dog. You should also avoid making costumes that obstruct your dog’s vision.
It’s also not a good idea to leave your dog unattended while wearing their costume. All in all, making custom garments for your dog is an easy and fun thing to do if you want to save a few bucks.
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