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Christmas Fleece Dog Sweater Tutorial

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Meet Shelby.
Shelby is our 3 year old boxer who rocks our world! She is the sweetest, most lovable & loyal friend a family could ever have! She has very short hair & is always cold! I have purchased so many sweaters, jackets, you name it but she’s either allergic or they just never fit right! So, I bought some Christmas themed fleece & used her cozy jacket (that looks like a horse blanket) as a template for a sweater wrap! I cut the fabric similar to the template jacket.
Dog sweater
I folded the collar 2x and stitched it together so make a thick fun looking collar
I then flipped it over & pinned the collar & pinned the bottom 2 inches in from the tail . I left the middle “unstitched” because she is so high chested that anything stitched is to tight when she sits & if it’s any bigger (and stitched) she climbs out of it!!!
Hole in the middle stitch near tail & collar
You can see the hole for the neck here where I pinned the collar. I tried this on her unpinned and marked with a marker where to pin. I stitched from the inside and then flipped it out so you couldn’t see the seam.
I then slipped it on (I slip on from the tail side first b/c that end is smaller and won’t go over her chest) made some adjustments and that’s it!
By leaving the belly open and just stitching the collar and a couple inches underneath (tail area, you can’t see it stitched) she has plenty of room to move!
My husband walked in as I was making this & taking her pictures …..lets just say he thinks I have lost my mind. He’s probably right ! Smile
Dog fleece sweater
Dog fleece sweater 2
Miss Shelby was a trooper!

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  1. Jessica! Your dog is soo cute. From the minute I saw her face I knew I would love ya! Boxer lovers are kindred spirits, right? Your sweater tutorial is so cute. And Shelby looks so sweet in it.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog this past weekend. Hope you're having a wonderful day!


  2. Lori @ Lori May Interiors says:

    Oh my gosh Jessica, she is adorable! I think we've talked about this before, but I have a 3 year old boxer as well. Her name is Lucy. She hates the winter. I may have to try this for her!

  3. I must start off by saying you have the cutest dog ever. It is hard to find clothing for large dogs. We have a lab and bull mastiff. Not even the extra extra large will fit our bully. Thank you for the tutorial. I love your blog. I'm your newest follower. Would love you to stop by DIY Home Sweet Home

    P.S. I have a linky every Monday would love you to stop by Monday and link up.

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