If you want to make a custom dog shirt, this is the DIY project for you to try!
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DIY Dog Clothing
Dogs are said to be man’s best friend, right? And we want our pal to be comfy (and fashionable) when out.
This time, I’m going to teach you how to make a dog shirt from an upcycled old t-shirt for bigger dogs!
Why not make your own DIY dog clothes for your beloved pet and make it your next pet project. Here’s a great way to recycle and upcycle thrift clothing and turn them into cute dog clothes.
Take a look at this tutorial on how to upcycle a shirt into dog shirts! I bet you will make more than one!
Materials you’ll need for this easy DIY dog shirt:
- Old T-Shirt
- Scissors or Rotary Cutter
- Measuring Tape
- Safety Pins
Step 1: Measure Dog from Neck to Tail
First, using a measuring tape, measure your dog from the start of his neck onto where his tail starts.
Step 2: Do This if You Don’t Have a Measuring Tape
If you don’t have a measuring tape, we lay the shirt on the dog’s back and fold it to where you want the shirt to end. Leave the shirt folded so you would know where to cut.
Step 3: Cut Horizontally Across the Shirt
Lay the shirt on a flat surface with the logo you want to show facing up still folded if you used that method earlier. If you used a measuring tape, measure from the neck of the shirt down and cut horizontally at that mark across the entire shirt.
Step 4: Make the Body of the Dog Shirt
Next, we are going to make the body of the dog shirt. Grab a plate and place it over the shirt covering half the sleeve.
Start from the bottom and just follow and cut along the plate all the way through the sleeve.
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Step 5: Even both Sides of Shirt
To make sure that both ends are even, fold the shirt over to match the other side and cut the other side exactly the way you just did.
This way it would be the same measurements on both sides.
Step 6: Work on the Sleeves
This next step is optional depending on your dog’s arms. If your doggie has short arms, cut the sleeves off following the hem of the sleeves.
If your dog is larger (like German Shepherd), you may want to keep the sleeves on.
Step 7: Tummy Part of the Dog Shirt
To make it more comfy for your dog’s tummy, turn the shirt over, grab the top half of the shirt that is facing up and fold to where the beginning of the armpit should be. Cut along the top part of the shirt.
This should leave you with a cropped top of the top half of the shirt and the bottom should still be long.
Step 8: Sew the Shirt
If you want, you can sew this part of the shirt together so it stays in place or you can use safety pins. Slip the shirt on the dog with the logo facing up on their back.
Grab the ends of the shirt from underneath their arms and carefully safety pin those ends together. Be careful not to hurt your dog.
And we’re done!
You can also check the full video tutorial on how to make dog shirts from Fantasy Couch below:
I absolutely think that these guys are looking fabulous! What are you waiting for?
It’s about time you dress your dogs in a fashionable DIY dog shirt. Just follow the steps above and you’ll have your buddy looking good in no time!
What do you think about this DIY dog shirt tutorial? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 25, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.