I found a sweet little pattern for a dog coat on the Compulsive Craftiness blog here. Sarah worked up a great pattern for her little dog and was kind enough to share it. Our little Cupcake is a chiweenie (chihuahua/dachshund) and she shivers all fall/winter/spring. Not in a shaking, nervous chihuahua way but in a cold way. Problem solved. I downloaded the pdf, taped it together (super simple and great instructions), and went shopping. I got two 1/2 yard cuts of fleece for the outside and another 1/2 yard cut for the lining on both of them (the green dotted fabric). With the 40% sale I spent under 10.00 for everything!
Here she is doing a loooong (dachshund remember?) stretch in her blue owl coat. This fabric is minky-ish and fluffed up my nose a bit but it was worth the sneezing. She used to squirm out of her store bought coats but since she loves fleece she's actually started running to us when we hold them up to dress her.
Here's her strawberry coat (or Strawberry Cupcake coat as Joey has dubbed it). She likes this one too. Sarah's pattern was made for a dog in the 10 pound range so it's perfect for us but with just a bit of sewing savvy you could adjust it up for a bigger dog. Each coat went together in under 1/2 hour once I had everything cut and ready to go (I already had the velcro in my stash too).
And I had enough fabric left to make a pillow for her. She used to sit on this skuzzy old pillow form I had and it was kind of embarrassing. This is the same pillow form, but with a styling new cover we can all be proud of.
That was a fun little project and I feel like such a good doggie grandma (Cupcake is actually my daughter's dog) for making these. Thanks for the pattern Sarah!