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DIY: Upcycled Dog Sweater

Holiday Dog Sweater

If you’re looking for something to do with that tacky sweater you bought for a holiday party, here’s an idea!  You can upcycle one sweater into TWO dog sweaters in just a few easy steps. I used a large men’s sweater to make sweaters that fit my 20 – 25 pound dogs.   Follow along with the directions below and check out the video (made for my Craft On series) to see the steps in action!


Note: Unless you’ve scored some XXL sweater from a thrift, these human –> dog sweaters will only work for dogs under 40 pounds.  Also, 100% wool sweaters are easiest as they don’t fray, but tight knit sweaters will work as well – just make sure to use a tight zig zag stitch when sewing.

  • Measuring tape
  • Large sweater – (washed + dryed in hot water, preferably 100% wool)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine + thread


Holiday Dog Sweater DIY
Step #1: Take the measurements for your dog’s length (from neck to tail), the neck diameter, and the distance between the front legs.

Step #2: Cut off the wrist cuff on the sweater, so this end comfortably fits your dog’s neck. Next, cut the sleeve close to the armpit of the sweater, fit to the length of your pup.

Step #3: Cut out holes on either side to accommodate the dog’s front legs, following your initial measurements.

Step #4: Using your sewing machine, make a zig-zag stitch around both arm holes, as well as the front and back openings.

To watch the video, just click on the play button below!

Holiday Dog Sweater Play