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Grandpa's old sweaters never looked so good...not even in the 80's...sorry gramps! I was o-so super lucky to find this wool sweater in someone's trash on city trash pick up day.

Just follow these easy steps and learn how to re-purpose a Large men's sweater into a Large doggie sweater.
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Step 1: Gather Supplies

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You will need:

Sewing machine

Large Men's sweater


Measuring tape (if you don't have one a piece of ribbon or yarn will do)


Step 2: Remove Sweater Arms and Sew Armhole

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1. Turn sweater inside out and remove arms at a diagonal. 

2. Measure the area surrounding your pup's arms at the body, add 2 inches and divide # by 2. With sweater laying flat, measure this # up from the pit of sweater and pin. (Refer to Note 1 in photo.)

3. Sew from the collar to pin making sure to back stitch beginning and end. (Refer to Note 2). Hem the opening and sew or stitch to make arm holes.*

* I recommend a zig zag stitch to prevent fraying along all cut edges from here forward!

Step 3: Cut and Sew

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1. Fold the sweater in half a hamburger,  to find mid section. Mark with a pin along R and L vertical seams.

2. Cut the top layer vertically (bottom to top)  2 inches from the seam on both sides up to the pin.

3. Cut top layer side to side from the 2 inch allowance.

4. Fold the excess 2 inch fabric over the existing seam and pin to produce a hem.

Step 4: Cut and Sew... part 2

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1. Fold sweater vertically to lay a hot dog

2. Using a ruler as your edge, cut from the collar to the open body.

3. Now sew like you mean it!

Step 5: Finished Dog Sweater

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Tada! Now your doggie will be as hip as you in your ugly sweater. And you were o so smart to keep them warm as well. Always be mindful of the temperature, as excessive exposure to the cold can cause frostbite to their eyes, ears, nose and toes. 

I do not get it....nice idea though but I do not understand the still photos...and instructions...

MiMero2281 year ago
Just curious, how big is your baby? My Stonie weighs 110, he is a lab and he is a big boy (not fat). Do you think this would work for him? Not sure how big of a sweater I'd need....maybe an extra large? Thanks, I love this and WILL do this for my baby boy.
jessimata (author)  MiMero2281 year ago

Hi there! At the time Fergie, a bull boxer, was a mere 50 ish pounds. The sweater was a size M. I do believe a XL will suit Stonie's needs.

MiMero2281 year ago
Love it!
happy2bmom2 years ago
Love it! Just two things, I need to find some sweaters and I hope I can follow/understand your instructable well enough to make some of these! Thank you again for sharing! Pinterested this one too! :D
jessimata (author)  happy2bmom2 years ago
Wow, Thanks! Reading through the 'ible is a little hard to follow. Once you actually go thru the motions it actually comes together! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions!
I love this idea and have been wanting to reuse some sweaters for my dog Gargoyle. Could you explain steps 3 and 4 a bit more? Or maybe even a video link?
jessimata (author)  curbsidecrush4 years ago
hi. thanx for the comment. please view my previous reply for clarification. i will try to upload a video link as well. happy sewing and thanx for viewing!
desya4 years ago
not sure what you mean here.....need more detail
jessimata (author)  desya4 years ago
hi. sorry i didnt take pics to heres my best:

1. folding the sweater helps to find the mid point fr top to bottom
2. measure about 2inches inward from each seam of the sweater top to bottom
3. cut up to the mid section keeping 2 inches away from the seam
4. cut across from side to side to the cut made 2 inches from the seam
5. fold the excess 2 inches over to make a hem

lemme know if that sorts any confusion out! thanks for viewing!