as its been requested by a couple of other users from the collars thread on how I had made my harness i figured i would make it a thread to help them out.
Instructions for furry/ sled harness
What you will need:
Webbing material: you will need a good length of webbing for the harness; you can get any diameter/pattern/color that you want. I was able to get all the materials supplies from strapworks.com you can probably get the materials you need form any site I only got them from the above site as it was cheap enough, had many options and they take PayPal.
2 metal rings: the metal rings for the center front and center back points of the harness that hold everything together, you will need to get a ring that has a diameter big enough to have 4x of the strap widths that you select fit inside of it.
4 male and 4 female strap buckles: these need to have receivers that fit the strap width you are getting, you can either get these in all plastic, all metal or a hybrid of a plastic male and a metal female set, I recommend the hybrid as its more durable and enables the harness to be used for pulling.
8 metal tri slides: once again you need to get these in the right size to fit you’re webbing width. They have the plastic and metal versions however the metal is recommended as they will hold up to pulling. The slides allow for size adjustments of 1.5x the length of the strap either tighter or looser depending on how you set it up initially.
Sewing materials: you will either need a good sewing machine (industrial) or a heavy duty needle and thread with a pair of pliers. Try to match the colors of the thread with the color of the webbing to make them blend together and look better and always use a non cotton thread if possible as it seems to hold together better.
A electric hot knife/webbing cutter or a good pair of scissors: you will need something to make clean straight cuts in the webbing. If you use a hot knife or webbing cutter it will cut and seal the webbing. If you use scissors you will also need a heat gun with a low setting.
Heat gun with temperature settings: you will need this to seal the ends of the webbing to prevent it from unraveling which will cause the webbing to fall apart. When you seal the ends after a scissor cut use the low setting and avoid shrinking the webbing as much as possible otherwise it will be impossible to sew through as it will be a solid and inflexible strap. (You do not want this)
Building your harness:
Depending on your body type and size you will need a different amount of strap/ webbing to make your harness the way you want it. Below is a crude way to estimate the amount that you will need, you should use a fabric tape measure found in most sewing boxes/kits to make the measurements, if you don’t have one a piece of string and a yardstick will work.
Center of Chest to Shoulder Tip left and right
Center of Chest, Diagonal to Hip left and right
Hip to center of back left and right
Center of back to shoulders left and right
Add an inch for each piece of hardware that will need to be sewn on about 14 inches, multiply measurements excluding the additional 14 inches by 1.5 for the adjustments to fit a larger body or a little less 1.1-1.2x for a smaller fit, this allows for small adjustments of all the straps.
From the picture you should be able to figure out the way the webbing attaches to everything if not I will try and get detail pics and instructions that show step by step illustrations.
When attaching a piece that is on the end of the webbing straps fold about ½ an inch over to allow for sewing together. Use a box type pattern and a tight stitch to keep everything together go back and forth a couple times to get a better reinforced stitch. When you are certain a section is stitched together properly you can use a low heat from the heat gun to slightly shrink the webbing and seal all the thread into it securing it all together. Good luck
harness hand made