How to Make a Coat for a Pet Rabbit

How to Make a Coat for a Pet Rabbit
Image Credit: GeloKorol/iStock/GettyImages

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet access

  • Measuring tape

  • Sewing machine

  • 2 yards of fabric or less (depending on size of rabbit)

  • Chalk

  • Needle

  • Thread

  • Scissors

  • Fabric dog collar

  • Pins

  • Iron

Warning

Some rabbits do not enjoy wearing clothes, so proceed with caution. If your rabbit seems distressed in any way, remove the coat.

Tip

You can add ties to the coat by cutting two strips of felt or jersey fabric and sewing them onto the edges of the coat at the tummy. The ties can be knotted underneath the rabbit's stomach to secure the coat.

Making rabbit clothes can serve both decorative and functional purposes. If you're looking for a way to keep your rabbit warm or just keep her looking fancy, making rabbit clothes is a good hobby to try. Sew a coat first, and then you can move on to more complicated designs.

Step 1

Measure around your pet rabbit's neck, allowing at least one finger to slip under the tape comfortably. Record the measurement.

Step 2

Measure from the base of your rabbit's neck to the spot where its back begins to slope downward, and record that measurement as well.

Step 3

Fold a piece of fabric in half, and measure and mark the fabric horizontally along the fold with the measurement from step #2, adding two inches for a seam allowance.

Step 4

Measure from the beginning, middle, and end slope of your rabbit's back to its tummy (middle) or top of the legs (beginning and end slope) and record it. Using these measurements, draw chalk lines vertically from the line you made in step #3.

Step 5

Connect these new lines horizontally using your chalk, rounding them slightly with a free hand touch.

Step 6

Cut out the doubled fabric, unfold it, and hold it up to your rabbit's body. If some areas seem too long, mark them with your chalk and trim.

Step 7

Place your shaped fabric (right side facing away) onto a single layer of fabric (right side facing up) and trace around it using your chalk. Cut the new shape out and then pin the pieces together, with the right sides of the fabric facing inwards.

Step 8

Sew around the edge with a 1 inch seam allowance, using your sewing machine, and leave the neck area unstitched. Trim the seam allowance to .25 inches

Step 9

Turn the coat right side out and press, and then turn the edges of the unsewn neck section in about .5 inches and press.

Step 10

Use a needle and thread to stitch the coat to the back of the collar, and then put the collar on your rabbit to attach the coat.