No Sew Dog Coat From Old Sweat Pants

No Sew Dog Coat From Old Sweat Pants

This dachshund fashion creation requires no sewing (unless you want to sew a hem, some fancy trim, or elastic on the garment).

What you need

1 Old pair of sweat pants


Step 1. Measure your dog from the base of the neck to the base of the tail. Then measure the sweat pants leg from the elastic ankle cuff to match the previous measurement of the length of your dog – mark this spot with a line in chalk across the pant leg.

Step 2. Cut the sweat pant leg off the sweat pants along the chalk line.

Step 3. Put the sweat pant leg on your dachsie so the elastic cuff is around your dog’s neck.

Step 4. With a chalk, mark the spots where you need to cut leg holes for his/her front legs.

Step 5. Take the sweats off the dog and cut the leg holes. Cut a slit about 3 inches long for each leg hole so the dog has comfort of movement.

Step 6. Put the sweats back on the dog.

Step 7. For boy dogs only: measure, mark, and cut out an upside-down V in the bottom edge to accommodate his little “winkie”.

(optional) You can sew a hem around the bottom edge to prevent fraying, but I have found it really unnecessary as it launders quite well without it.

(optional) You can sew some decorative lace or edge binding around the neck, leg holes, and bottom edges for a more finished look.

Notes: Use the sleeves from old sweatshirts to make wiener wraps for chihuahuas, mini dachshunds and puppies.

You can also cut the wraps a little longer in length so you can cut a slit for the tail to go through if you dog doesn’t mind the fabric around his tail.

Don’t have any old sweat pants? No problem, you can buy some used ones very inexpensively at your local thrift shop (Goodwill). Even K-Mart and Wal-Mart have new ones that are cheap enough to cut up. Of course, wash and dry them before you start your project.

This project was contributed by Dena Delgado, Coordinator, Southern California Dachshund Rescue and Flint River Ranch Super Premium Pet Foods.

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  1. Great idea, going to try it for both of my doxies!

  2. Jeanne Black says

    I think this is a great idea!!! Every sweater we bought fits, but their short front legs always slip out and eventually we find the sweater on the floor. Very frustrating!!! Will save alot of money and looking forward to trying it.

  3. I love this craft idea. It’s quick, super simple, & inexpensive..makes for a great gift.

  4. I made this for my dachshund puppy with a sweater sleeve (she’s too small for sweat pants!), and it was so simple and turned out awesome. I am going to buy tons of cheap sweaters & make her more colors!!

  5. AuntieKim says

    Have something like this for Destiny my Puggle…and if you know Puggles…she’s growing out of it…can’t wait to try this one…think I’ll try one for Karma my Golden Retiever…maybe 2 legs together…wonder if Mighty Mendit would work…I love that stuff…works great:) I’ll post it…

  6. my big kitty would look good in that 🙂 i made something like that and she loved it, nobody that saw her thought it was crule.

  7. I did this when my doxin was little, it works great:) Renee

  8. haha this would work for my chihuahua too as she is about the size of a wiener dog! thanks!

  9. cuppyxcake clearly knows nothing about animals… people with those kind of opinions usually know nothing about anything they are just self opinionated and stupid.

  10. if you have a big dog you can still use this idea you will just have to do patch work. -TippieTiff

  11. my dog is so happy i made it for him thanx

  12. cuppyxcake says

    cute dog but i think dressing animals should be considered crule and unusual. lol but cute doggy.

  13. I Use my sons Sweats that he out grows 🙂

  14. I have a 135 lb. akita – wish there was something to make for bigger dogs.

  15. I just did it and my dog loves it! SO cheap and easy!

  16. What a GREAT and simple idea!

  17. I love this idea!
    We have a dachsund but shes a little large and we can never find anything that fits her “perfect”!
    Thank You!!!

  18. Interesting…

  19. Cute

  20. This is so easy to make!!! I love it!!

  21. How stinkin’ cute and so easy!!! LOVE IT!!!!

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