Keeping our furry friends warm with Maywood Studio's Woolies Flannel
We all have fabrics that we hold onto waiting for the ideal project. I know I personally have fabrics that I haven’t dared cut into because I love them too much to possibly use it for anything less than the P E R F E C T project. Then there are times that the right project and the right fabric just happen to arrive at nearly the same time and it is the quintessential sewists dream.
Jaylynn, my partner in crime on the Nancy’s Notions marketing team, and I were looking at new fabrics that were arriving and we saw the Maywood Studio Woolies Flannel and she said, “That would make a cute dog coat.” Done. Didn’t have to ask me twice.
Our rescue, and absolutely beyond spoiled pooch, Walter, came to Wisconsin on the bark bus from Alabama and has yet to acclimate to any hint of cold. I knew deep down he might not love a coat, but I sure would, and who knows, maybe he would actually love it. A mom can dream, right?
After some searching, I found an incredibly well done pattern at Wholefully.com by Cassie Johnston. The pattern had a worksheet for measurements and it was absolutely spot on when it came it fit.
After taking Walter’s measurements, I drew the pattern onto wrapping paper. (I tend to be using wrapping paper a lot lately for sewing projects that don’t have a printed pattern. It is strong enough to draw on, but tears easily...plus, I always tend to have old wrapping paper around that I just don’t love anymore.) I then transferred the pattern onto a piece of fabric that was a bit easier to maneuver and would be easily reusable - you know, just in case he loves it and I end up making more…
For our spoiled boy, I envisioned a classic, preppy, argyle-esque coat. To achieve this, and to please my always prominent quilter brain, I pieced it out of a single color family from the Woolies Flannel line.
For his size (55-60 lbs), I cut five inch squares and set them on an angle to achieve that argyle feel. I laid all the pieces on top of the fabric pattern to gauge size and pieced it. It was a bit of “guess and check” because I didn’t want to end up with a lot of wasted fabric and I ended up tacking on a few extra edge pieces once all was assembled. Sometimes I forget how quick those ¼” seams add up when piecing!
Once it was pieced together, I quilted it with one layer of wool batting and two layers of polyester batting to make it super warm and (hopefully) give it a puffy look. I then followed the rest of Cassie’s great directions to finish it up.
Also, because I just can’t let good scraps go to waste… he has a matching bow tie. :-)
We can’t wait to see what you make with your Woolies Flannel fabrics! Happy Sewing!
Because I can never let good scraps go to waste...
Progress Photos. (Left) Pattern on wrapping paper & fabric pattern, (Right) 5" squares arranged on top of fabric pattern to gauge size.
Quick Reference Links: Any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to us on social media or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Below are links to the pattern and fabrics used.
Nancy's Notions Maywood Studio Woolies Flannel:
Wholefully.com Dog Coat Pattern: https://wholefully.com/dog-coat-tutorial/