January 12, 2014

Dog sled harness for American Girl Doll

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What you need

  • 3/8" x 26" ribbon (this will fit the Douglas 8" Husky dog, for other dogs, length will vary)
  • 3/8" D-ring or paper clip to make a D-ring
  • thread and needle or sewing machine
  • velcro (only for dogs with hard bodies like AG Pepper)

How to make the dog harness

I was using an 8" Douglas Toy Husky. His whole body is flexible. If you use a different dog, you will need to adjust the length of the ribbon and if the dogs legs are stiff (as is with AG Pepper), you will need to add velcro in the front in order to be able to put the harness on and take it off.

1. Put D-ring on ribbon and fold ribbon in half. Secure with pin.
    If you don't have a D-ring, take a paper clip and form one.

2. Put D-ring on base of tail

3. Go under front leg

4. Go around front leg and back over shoulder.
    Repeat steps 2 - 4 for other side.

5.  Pin front together.

6. If you have a dog with fixed, hard legs, fold the front over, where velcro will be added later.

7. Cross ribbon across back and tuck under sides. Hold in place with pin. Then sew.

8. Sew front part in step 5 together. If you need to add velcro, cut the front and add velcro.

Normally there is an additional cross, but the dog is too small for it, so I omitted it.
I try to stay as close to the real thing as possible but sometimes you just have to cheat a little.

You are done !!! 

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