Sewing Coats For Alpacas by Recycling Raincoats This Video Has How-To Overview on Coats For Alpacas

Sewing Coats For Alpacas by Recycling Raincoats This Video Has How-To Overview on Coats For Alpacas


sewing coats for alpacas
i started to make our own coats for the animals on our farm during the first winter that we had alpacas here i noticed that one of our females that happened to be our oldest
female was shivering i wasn’t prepared for this i wasn’t sure what to do so i went online to one of the
instructional website s
about alpacas and i remember reading that at the first sign of shivering put a
coat on the alpaca
well i didn’t have a coat and so i researched further and i found suppliers where i could
purchase one but i had a thought that maybe i could try something to help this animal right away i went to a bedroom closet and i found an old raincoat and I started thinking about what i could
do i tried taking the old raincoat and i cut it into large sections to start
out with and this i cut right along the seam and i ended up with a large portion of fabric i did the same thing in another large section and so forth then i took all the pieces that i had just cut up and i shaped them into what would become the outside layer of my coat and
that worked pretty well so i kept going i found an old blanket and i shaped this as well into a middle
layer and i found another blanket that was softer and used that for the layer that would be closest to the
alpaca so then i ended up with three layers which i sewed together but
i needed something on the outside edge of all of these layers and this is what i ended up doing i made a binding to do this i cut up some more of these pieces
that were still left from the old raincoat and with the pieces i made strips a very long strip sewing little sections of the strips together and this strip would be about three inches wide and very very long it could be up to fifty inches in length and then take this strip and fold it in the middle i folded it and also ironed it so that it
would stay into a
steady fold then each half of this strip i
folded towards the middle like this and then i ended up with three folds that became a binding with this binding it worked really well to go on the whole outside
edge of the alpaca coat and then i needed
one more important thing i needed a way to keep it on the animal and looking at the picture from the suppliers i realized that velcro would work really well so i made a velcro to fasten underneath the front of it to go underneath the neck
of the animal and then another velcro which would go on the side of the coat and then this would go under the belly of the alpaca and it it would be a little bit
adjustable if there was a smaller or larger one so that first coat turned out pretty well but it wasn’t shaped quite right the piece that went under the females neck was drooping a little so i remember thinking it looked a little
weird but i kept it on it was functional
and then i started to think about other animals that might also be cold so i went to a thrift shop and bought more old raincoats and did the same thing as i made more coats i improved the shape and it turned out a whole lot better also as the winter was ending i prepared for spring births
because crias will need a coat even on a warm summer day if you’ve got a
breeze or if it
starts to rain that newborn cria can get cold and so i made several cria coats so that we would have enough for all of
our birthings that summer and the following winter i made
more now we’re into our third winter and i’m pretty well prepared for the am
ount of the animals that we have in case some of them would be getting cold as the winter temperature drops i don’t believe that all alpacas need to have a coat if the alpaca is healthy and has lots of fleece they’re probably just fine but i keep my eye on crias that
have been born that summer and this is their first winter they just need that extra help that extra
protection from the cold and i also watch the pregnant females that are using up lots of energy and they may also just need that extra little
bit of help so it takes a little time to do this type of project and it turns out really well it is a resourceful way to help your animals
out with colder weather have fun with it try it i’d be happy to share my ideas and i hope that you might try even making coats for your pets
or alpacas linda’s article about making these coats for alpacas can be read on the following
web page http://www.strawberryhillalpacas.com/sew-coats-for-alpacas/ diy sewing coats for pets animals alpacas

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