How to Make Dog Sweaters out of Sweater Sleeves

Make fashionable clothes for your dog from your old sweaters.
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Sometimes tiny dogs get cold, even in mild weather ... all right, and sometimes you like to dress up your little friend just because it's so cute. It's easy to make a dog sweater from the sleeves of one of your old sweaters. She'll be fashionable and warm.

Step 1

Measure the length of your dog's back from the base of her neck to the base of her tail, using the tape measure. Also measure the width of her chest between her front legs and the length of her neck from her jaw to where her shoulders begin.

Step 2

Cut a sleeve from the sweater to the same measurement as your dog's back, using the scissors. For instance, if your dog's back measures 7 inches, use the tape to measure 7 inches up from the cuff edge of the sweater, and cut it at that point.

Step 3

Mark the sleeve with a straight pin to the same length as your dog's neck measurement. For example, if your dog's neck is 4 inches long, measure 4 inches from the cuff edge of the sleeve, and place a pin at that point.

Step 4

Cut armholes into the sleeve just below the pin marking the neck. Use the chest measurement to get the correct spacing. As an example, if your dog's chest measures 3 inches, then you will cut two 1-inch slits in the sleeve, making sure they are 3 inches apart.

Step 5

Remove all pins. Slide the sweater over your dog's head, and gently pull her legs through the arm holes. Fold over the cuff of the sleeve for a turtleneck if it is uncomfortably long for her.

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