Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Make A Quick No Sew Sweater for a Chihuahua Puppy or Small Dog - Tutorial

This is my latest sewing, well actually non-sewing project! Tell me what you think!

Make Chihuahua coat no-sew puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

It has been a while since I have needed to make puppy jumpers, and during a cold spell here in the middle of summer I needed a couple of coats for the puppies in a hurry. By the time the cold sets in here for winter I expect I will need to make some larger ones!

I would have loved to share pics of both of our chihuahua girls sporting their new clothes, but Bell just does not sit still enough to photograph! So here is Tinker modeling her Pink Spotted No-sew Baby Sleeve Sweater!

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

Tools Required:

Measuring Tape
Scissors
Sleeve from a baby, toddler or child's sweater (see step one)

Method:

1) Measure your puppy's neck and around the chest. This will give you an idea for the size sleeve you need. I used the sleeve from a baby jumper, but you may need one from an older child or adult depending on the size of your dog or puppy.

2) Cut the sleeve from the garment you are using. The top should be as long as your dog from the back of the neck to the start of the tail. If you have a male dog the part underneath the coat (where the seam is) will need to be shorter to allow them to go to the toilet without soiling the jumper.

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

3) Make sure the wristband will fit over your dog's head. If it fits, great go onto the next step, otherwise do as I did. I cut the ribbing (wristband) from the sleeve, as it was too small to fit over my little chihuahua's head. I rolled the neck to hide the cut edge and make it softer around the neck.

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

4) Measure from your puppy's neck to the top of the front legs, and also the distance between the front legs. These will help you work out where to cut the holes for the paws to fit through. Make sure they have room to walk and play safely in them. If the holes are too big the paws can get stuck inside the jumper making it impossible for them to walk. Cut the holes in the sleeve and then your dog is ready to try on his or her new outfit!

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

Chihuahua coat make no-sew jumper puppy dog sleeve sweater pattern

NOTE:
Putting on a dog coat should be a positive and fun experience for your puppy. So whilst your puppy is learning to behave getting dressed, offer lots of rewards of praise and food treats.

20 comments:

  1. What a cool and frugal project! I love how you upcycled an old sweater into the new doggie coat. Excellent idea for someone who may not have a sewing machine or know how to sew.

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  2. That is gorgeous, she is one very fashionable little doggie, lovely work and a great way to recycle, love it. Margaretxxx

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  3. Aww she looks so cute, what a great way to use an old jumper

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  4. Oh this is too cute! Such a great idea especially if sewing on a machine is not your thing. Thank you for sharing this :)
    ciao,
    Elena

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  5. these are really cute puppy jumpers hunny, i love them and little pup loks eve so adoreable too x

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  6. Great idea! Such a cute dog!!!!!

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  7. I saw this idea and immediately made a sweater for a short-haired new puppy we need to potty-train in this freezing cold weather! What a terrific idea--thanks for sharing it!

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  8. Wow this is such a great idea! I was having so much trouble finding a small enough sweater for my tea cup chiuauah...this really helped

    Tip: I used a reversable swearter and now she can change up her outfit a little more :0)

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  9. I was going to sew a coat for my chihuahua but there's honestly so much to do that I really doubt I'll have time so this is perfect! Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Wow what a ausome idea i should try (if i had a puppy) lol

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  11. Thanks so much for this tut, I have unsuccessfully sewn a few sweaters for my daughter's chihuahua and they all have been to large. This looks like just the ticket and I'm looking forward to making one very soon.

    KathyR

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  12. This is great! I just got a chihuahua 2 weeks ago and ended up getting her brother Saturday...Can't wait to make them a snuggly sweater! Thanks

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  13. Made these yesterday for my Chis...So easy! Thanks so much!

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  14. Brilliant idea. Just made two for my puppy and her sister. She seems to like it as shes curled up fast asleep now.

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  15. Thank you so much for posting this! I just read "Small Furry Prayer" by Steve Kotler. He writes about the rescue mission he and Joy run in northern New Mexico called, "Rancho de Chihuahua". I was inspired to make coats for his dogs but needed a "pattern". Wonderful! Now I have one thanks to you. Rosa

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  16. Love it! Just made one real quick for my Teddy Bear. Nala loves it! It isn't too snug like the pet store ones and she is nice and warm. Thanks!

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  17. Outstanding!!
    Rescued a little maltese/terrier last month and she was so badly matted they had to clip all her hair on her body. Needless to say Ontario Canada is a chilly place in the winter so this was the perfect fix to keep our wee girl warm.

    Thank you so much for sharing :)
    Debbie D.

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  18. This is really cute. Do you suppose a pant leg from a pair of sweatpants would work for a slightly larger dog like a Jack Russell Terrier?

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  19. So cute!! Pup looks so precious in his outfit..... Will try one on my malti poo pup.....

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