DIY Dog Hoodie With Pocket

May 31, 2021by CR810

DIY Tutorial: How to Make a Dog Hoodie

Dog hoodies are amongst the most popular accessories for your four-legged friend. Not only hoodies are functional, it is a very versatile clothing for your pet dog or cat. By all means “versatile”, a dog hoodie can actually be your basic style, with that, you can turn into numerous themes, such as bumble bee, ladybugs, dinosaur, panda, or bunny. Well, let your imagination soar and the sky is the limit when it comes to creativity.

The options that you find in pet stores and your local grocery shop are often made using cheap materials that can irritate your dog’s fur, and they might not appeal to your style. You can choose your favorite colors or get inventive with embroidery.

With our DIY dog clothes patterns, you can make the accessories that you’ve been wanting for your pet. Sewing dog clothes is easier than you think! This DIY tutorial is beginner-friendly and perfect for your first sewing adventure.

This DIY tutorial shows you the step-by-step of making a dog hoodie, covering everything from DIY dog patterns to the tools you need. Make sure to bookmark this page to come back to when you’re ready to start sewing.

If you need a little extra help, you can follow along with our video tutorial as well.

Before we jump into the step-by-step, you’ll need to make sure you have the right tools and materials on hand for your project.


Materials and tools you need:

  • Sewing machine
  • Rib-knit fabric (3/4 to 1 yard, depending on your dog)
  • Cutting pattern
  • Pins to secure your fabric
  • Interfacing to stabilize the fabric
  • Bias/binding to sew the curve
  • Hotfix for the embroidery


How to modify your pattern

You might make this DIY dog hoodie for the first time when they’re a puppy, and then want to update it as they grow bigger. If you need a wardrobe update, you’ll want to modify your pattern. You may also decide to add a pocket to carry a few treats for your furry friend.

Start by taking your existing pattern and making amendments to suit your dog’s current needs. If you’re using a thicker fabric, it’s a good idea to add an extra inch to the circumference – by adding a ½ to the full panel and ¼ inch to the half-panel.

Pro-tip: Always double-check your measurements and add a seam allowance if you’re not sure.

Use 1/3 of the height of the panel to create the pocket. It should be around the size of a doggy bag, but you can always adjust to your preference.

You want to add at least 1.5-2 inches more to the neck area to accommodate your hoodie design.

Allocate a 160-degree angle and draw two lines; the first is 100-degrees, while the second is 60-degrees. These angels will make up the hoodie opening for your dog’s neck. Once you’ve done all your measurements and lining, you can start cutting out the panel for the neckline.


Putting your hoodie together

Take your hoodie and cut it using the pattern panels that you have made. As you’re cutting, make sure that you’re accounting for the seam allowance and not working too closely to the panel. You want to leave a little extra room, otherwise, you might find that the fit is not what you intended.

It’s a good idea to lay a ruler down on the panel while you’re cutting to stop it from moving, ensuring that you get the correct shape for your fabric.

Repeat this step until you have all your fabric panels cut and ready to go.


Assembling your hoodie

If you’re using a hotfix for embroidery, apply them to the pre-cut fabric before sewing together. Doing this first gives you more control over your embellishment placement.

Before you start sewing your pieces together, get working on the pocket.

You want to apply interfacing to the pocket, sewing it to the main piece of fabric. Interfacing is your best friend when sewing the pocket, as it makes the sewing smoother and nicer looking. You also want to sew the center-line of the hoodie at this stage.

Once that’s done, apply binding to the brim of the hoodie using your sewing machine. You can then move on to sewing one side of the shoulders, followed by the other shoulder.

After sewing, apply the ventral panel binding to each of the shoulders, making sure that the binding is smooth as you bring it across your sewing machine. Do this step by working on one shoulder at a time.

Once the shoulders are complete, repeat this step by adding binding to the hem. Make sure to fold the binding on both sides of the fabric, keeping it as smooth and even as possible.

After all the binding is complete, you want to sew both sides together. Make sure the panels like up evenly, sewing on both sides of the fabric to bring them together.

Now that we’ve assembled the body, we need to move onto the neck. It’s a similar process to putting the body together, starting with sewing the two neck pieces. You want to pay attention to keep the fabric as smooth as possible for an even stitch.


Sewing dog clothes 101

When the neck is sewn to the body, you’ll be ready to go! These hoodies are perfect for putting on your furry friends from autumn to spring, especially if you’re heading outdoors.

This DIY dog pattern and tutorial is one of the easiest for beginners looking to start sewing clothes for their fur babies. If you need extra help to follow along with the steps, don’t forget to check out the accompanying video to see the process in real-time.

If you make this DIY dog hoodie for your furry friend, don’t forget to grab a picture and tag us in it on social media. You can see more of our DIY tutorial for sewing dog clothes by visiting our video archive. These videos cover everything from making dog masks to easy sewing ideas and how to turn old shirts into dog clothes. Whatever your sewing skills are, you’re guaranteed to find DIY dog patterns to try at home.

Are you looking for DIY dog clothes patterns? Keep an eye on our new arrivals to our online store, which will soon include every cutting pattern you need for your sewing projects.

Posted on May 31, 2021 by CR81

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