Harness for Piper
I have been sewing a lot for the kids lately and I wanted to make something special for our 11 week old Boston Terrier puppy, Piper. I perused the web and stumbled upon this really cute one from Dog Under My Desk. I used the pattern for the 13.5″ around chest harness, printed it out, and cut it down slightly. Since Piper’s chest measurement was around 11″, I cut 1″ off of each end (four total) and trimmed a little here and there until it wasn’t too bulky on my pup. After I was satisfied with the size and fit, I traced the harness pattern onto my main fabric, flannel for the inside (part that touches the dog’s fur), and the interfacing. I only had lightweight interfacing on hand, and it turned out well, but if you want something a little more sturdy, I would use a stiffer interfacing. I cut all three out. Then I ironed the interfacing onto the wrong side of the main fabric. Now we need to add some support to attach the D ring. In the posting by Dog Under My Desk, she had the D ring attach further down the dog’s body, toward the behind, but I placed mine much closer to the dog’s head. I had a 1″ D ring so I cut a piece of fabric 2.5″ wide by the length of the dog’s harness. I folded one side in, then the other, until it was just under a 1″ width to fit inside the D ring. Then I took a piece of interfacing under 1/2″ in width and the length of the dog’s harness and placed it onto the back of the strip of fabric. Then I grabbed the main fabric pattern, folded it in half width wise, and made a crease for the center mark. Then I placed the strip of fabric on the crease and adjusted the D ring to where I wanted it and ironed it in place. After that, I sewed up each side and on either side of the D ring to hold it in place. Now I have 2 pattern pieces, the flannel and the main fabric. Placing them right sides together, I sewed around it using a 3/8″ seam allowance and left 2″ to turn it right side out. After clipping little notches around the curves, I turned it right sides out and topstitched. Now to add the velcro, I placed the sewn harness on my pup to get the right placement.