is good for more than covering pillows!!!
My last post showed you (literally) our dog Puppy's new-to-him t-shirt to help keep him warm on cool days--- and how to simply and cheaply create a cool shirt to warm your pet.
But, like I had mentioned in the t-shirt post, since the hair on his lower back and belly has thinned so much and the temperature keeps dropping we knew he would need something more than just a shirt for his time outdoors.
This past fall we bought a king size quilt from the thrift shop to protect plants in our garden at early frost. The $5 quilt came with two pillow shams which we didn't want --- but neither did the thrift store.
I looked at the shape of dog coats at the store and made a paper pattern using Puppy's neck-to-tail and around-the-belly measurements from the t-shirt project --- remembering, this time, to cut the thigh area higher to avoid accidents when he lifts his leg.
I cut the coat from the quilted top of the pillow sham, covered the raw cut edges with seam tape, and sewed lengths of velcro-type hook and loop strips to the front neck pieces and the straps that fasten over his middle.
|For some reason the color doesn't show up here |
as the maroon it really is.
Pillow shams are large enough to make a vest or simple coat or a robe for a toddler or even slippers for a larger child or adult. These are the times (or finds) where . . .
|This is Puppy several years ago, and the first (and up to now)|
only wardrobe piece he owned.