No Sewing Needed: 6 Easy Steps to Making a Dog T-Shirt

They say the couple that matches together stays together. Whether or not it’s true, it’s nonetheless very fun to match with your dog. And matching can come in very different forms. You can do something simple, like wearing the same colored-bandana together. Or, if you’re into something girly and sparkly, you two can both wear the same glittering bow.

Of course, you may want to take your matching to a different level. You may, for example, want to wear matching t-shirts instead. That definitely elevates your matching game.

Yes, it’s sometimes expensive and time consuming to find a place that allows you to customize human and animal shirts to match. Fortunately, there’s a cheaper method: doing it yourself. Fantasy Couch, a  football-related account on YouTube, illustrates the steps to creating your own DIY dog t-shirt. Before you begin, you need the following materials:

  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Plate
  • Matching t-shirt

Step 1: Measure Your Dog

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Using the measuring tape, measure your dog from his neck to the beginning of his tail. Take note of his measurement as this will be an important part of creating the t-shirt (obviously).

If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can instead lay the shirt over your dog’s back. Fold the bottom of the shirt where you want the shirt to end. For example, if you want it longer, you can fold it on the spot right before his tail begins. If you want it cropped shorter, you can fold it mid-belly. The choice is yours. Mark where you folded the shirt using a fabric marker or pencil.

Step 2: Cut the Bottom of the Shirt

First, lay your shirt on a flat surface. If you used a measuring tape, place the beginning end of the measuring tape from the neck and measure down. End your tape one the right measurement. For example, if your dog is 12 inches long, end your measurement at 12 inches. Then cut horizontally.

If you folded your shirt, lay your shirt with the bottom still folded. Then cut the bottom of the shirt at the fold.

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Step 3: Create the Shirt’s Body

To create the shirt’s body, take your plate and place it over half the sleeve of the shirt.

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Starting from the bottom, cut along the plate, all the way to the sleeve.

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Fold the shirt over, then cut the other half of the shirt, using the first cut as a template. Cut along the first cut you made.

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Your shirt should look like this:

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Step 4: Cut the Sleeves

Next, cut the sleeves of your dog, keeping the height of your dog in mind. For example, if your dog has short legs, then cut the sleeves shorter. If he has longer legs, you don’t have to cut as much.

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Step 5: Crop the Back Part of the Shirt

Fold the shirt over, then fold the back of the shirt facing up to the beginning of the shirt’s armpit. Cut horizontally at the fold. DO NOT cut the front part of the shirt. The end result should have the back of the shirt cropped and the top of the shirt long.

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Step 6. Glue the Sides Together

Using fabric glue or a glue gun, glue the sides of the shirt back together to keep it intact.

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You’re Done!

Voila! You’re done! That was easy, wasn’t it? Now you match with your dog without having to search for a retailer that does customized designs or pay money to get the matching shirt.

If you need more help with this DIY tutorial, you can watch the full DIY video by Fantasy Couch on YouTube.

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