How to Make a Recycled Sweater for a Dog

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May 11th, 2017     

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This old vest may not have been flattering on a human, but it looks adorable on Gertie!

This old vest may not have been flattering on a human, but it looks adorable on Gertie!

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This ill-proportioned vest is about to get a second wind.

This ill-proportioned vest is about to get a second wind.

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Here are the pieces youll cut to make the dog sweater.

Here are the pieces you'll cut to make the dog sweater.

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This old vest may not have been flattering on a human, but it looks adorable on Gertie!

This old vest may not have been flattering on a human, but it looks adorable on Gertie!

Photo: Cal Patch

Refashioning old or thrifted sweaters into dog sweaters is easy and fun. You'll be amazed at how even the ugliest sweater can take on a whole new look as canine couture! Case in point: this vest. I picked it up at the thrift store because the details in the knit are adorable, but this style would flatter no human! My little Gertie, on the other hand, will look smashing in it.


This ill-proportioned vest is about to get a second wind.


1. Start by measuring the pooch you intend to make it for. You'll need the following:

(A) neck circumference + 1 inch
(B) chest circumference (right behind the front legs) + 1 inch
(C) length from collar to tail + 1/2 inch
(D) underside length from collar to (just short of) the business end + 1 inch
(E) distance from collar down to front leg
(F) front leg circumference x 1/2

2. Now we can cut out our pieces. Utilizing the bottom rib, if your sweater has it, or the finished bottom edge, as the neckline, cut a rectangle that measures (A) wide (along the rib) by (C) long. Find the difference between (B) and (A) and add 1 inch to it. In my case, (B) – (A) was 3 inches, so adding 1 inch gave me 4 inches. From another piece of the sweater, cut a triangle this wide by (D) long. This will be the underside piece. Finally, cut off the neck or cuff rib of the original, to be used to finish the back edge. This is optional; it can also be hemmed or even left raw if the sweater is felted.



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