DIY: Dog Raincoat From Upcycled Jacket

Are you sensing a theme with another raincoat post?  Yes, it’s still raining here in the Pacific NW.  I never thought I’d be someone who put a raincoat on a dog, but then I noticed that if it was raining on walks, Saffron would walk next to walls in their rain shadow and she’d linger a looong time under trees.  I realized if she were a feral dog left to make her own decisions, she’d be snuggled up under a porch or bush where it was dry.  Smart dog!  The least I can do is make her more comfortable, but her old coat is too short and doesn’t protect her ears at all.

So now Saffron needs a new coat and:

  • I don’t want to spend a lot
  • I can’t find a coat I’m satisfied will help keep her ears drier
  • I want a coat made from tough, weather-proof fabric not cheap vinyl
Quilted version

I’m going to have to make it myself, so I made a trip to my favorite thrift store and found an awesome women’s stadium coat with a hood for $9.99.  With the help of this great tutorial on how to make a dog coat from a recycled jacket, I’m going to turn it into a raincoat for Saffron.  I’ll let you know how it turns out!

In the meantime, check out the tutorial which can be used on any type of recycled jacket or with yardage.  There’s a printable pattern that’s in real size so you can print out the pieces, tape them together, & adjust the size to fit your dog.  And never fear, there are excellent printable instructions, that include tips on how to adjust the pattern to fit your dog.

(The creator of the tutorial is Diana Durkes from the super cool blog, Fine Diving–New Life For the Tossed & Found. If you’re in the Chicago area, check out her sister blog, Garage Sale Warrior.)

3 Replies to “DIY: Dog Raincoat From Upcycled Jacket”

  1. I’ll send you a pic when it’s done. I figured if I said “out loud” I was going to do it, then I would just have to. Thank YOU for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Well to me this hardly seems like a solutions to cold weather! Maybe her back keeps try but seriously you were laying it on so thick about the weather conditions one would think you’d actually consider them in your design. How does her ears stay dry with this BTW?

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