T-shirt surgery:
Making a dog (or cat) sweatshirt from an old pair of sweatpants
EASY - NO SEW METHOD

I've seen patterns online for making various types of dog clothing. It occured to me that my daughter's sweatpants were about the same size around as our poodle. It also occured to me that a sweatpant leg naturally tapers. You would want the neck area of a sweat shirt to be a little more narrow than the back end.

I had a great outdoor sweater that fits our dog perfectly. But it's way too hot for indoors. So, I used it as a basic pattern. I've included a picture of it here, to give you an idea of how to cut your own pattern.


THE INSPIRATION


GETTING STARTED

Step one: I measured from my dogs collar to about where her tail starts. Then I added about 4 inches (see diagram) to the neck area. This extra 4 inches will be rolled down later to form a simple "turtle neck".

The sweatpant inside leg seam will be on the belly of the dog. If it's about the right amount around, just leave this seam sewn. I used a washable marker to trace my 2 cuts, and a circle for the armholes. I folded the material in half when it was time to cut the armholes.


DIAGRAM

Because I had chosen an old pair of sweat pants that was just about the right size around for our miniature poodle's stomach, I didn't need to worry about any closure system.


SABRINA IS WARM!

There was no sewing involved, I just slipped it over her head, put her arms through the easy to cut holes. I then rolled the extra 4 inches into what amounts to a "turtle neck" style collar (two folds).


EASY Dog Sweatshirt!
Less than 10 minutes!


Check out the roll down collar.


WHAT TO DO WITH THE OTHER LEG?
A few minutes later & the cat is warm too!!
(Probably not as happy as the poodle....but warm!)

TO MODIFY SIZE.

If you're working with a pair of sweatpants that is too large around for your dog - just sew the leg seam tighter, and cut away the excess.

If you're working with a pair of sweatpants that will be too narrow for your dog, use extra material from the other leg - to add an extra panel of fabric, or add extra strips and use a velcro closing system.

HAVE FUN!! GOOD LUCK!!