Paw-jama Party

How to Make Paw-sitively Fetching Pet PJs from Scrap Fabric

When you have a pet, you want to treat it just like any member of your family. That means feeding it, bathing it, and providing it the cushiest life possible. I never thought I would be one of those people who dresses their dog, but when your furbaby gets chilly easily like mine, you can’t help but buy them an outfit or two (or 10).

My dog is 3 pounds of skin and bones with very short hair and a belly like a peach. So, it can be very difficult to find her something that fits her unique figure. In fact, her first outfit was a “custom” sweater made from an old sock. Think about that—an old, lonely sock. OK, not everyone has a 3-pound dog that can fit in a sock, but what about an old ripped sweater or T-shirt you were planning on throwing away?

According to CalRecycle’s 2014 Waste Characterization Study, an estimated 1.2 million tons of textiles end up in California landfills each year, making them one of the most prevalent material types in our waste stream. With this tutorial, you’ll be able to transform on old tee from trash to dog fashion. And don’t worry if you can’t sew. You can use fabric glue, or you can check out the links at the end of the page for some no-fuss, no-sew pup-cycling projects to reuse your old items and prevent them from ever seeing a landfill.

Materials:

  • Old T-shirt or scrap fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle & thread (or a sewing machine)
  • Pins

First, measure around your pet’s neck and chest, and measure its legs and length. You can print out a larger or smaller version of the pattern to match your pet’s size.

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Cut out the pattern, pin it to your fabric, and cut it out around the paper. Both the back and chest pattern must be cut with the fabric folded in half. The sleeves must be cut like mirror images. 

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Sew the shoulders of the chest and back.

Sew the sleeves to the shoulders of the front and back.

Sew the sleeves and the chest all in one seam.

Sew a hem around the belly, sleeve, and leg cuffs.

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You’re done! Not only do you have the cutest little pet PJs, you have also prevented textiles from ending up in the trash!

For more earth-friendly pet projects, check out our Pinterest board. https://buff.ly/2AhqPGe

— TC Clark
Posted on Jan 11, 2018

Summary: When you have a pet, you want to treat it just like any member of your family. That means feeding it, bathing it, and providing it the cushiest life possible.