‘Tis the season to dress your pup in his or her holiday best! This DIY Christmas tree sweater for your dog is easier than it looks and will certainly amp up any seasonal gathering’s festive factor.
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DIY Christmas Tree Sweater For Your Dog
Remember: if your dog doesn’t like to wear clothes, don’t force it — and always supervise.
1.) Gather Your Supplies
You will need:
- Gold Ribbon or Rick Rack (to use as “garland”)
- One Star Applique or Patch
- Pom-Poms in Various Colors. (I used the 1″ size, but feel free to get creative!)
- Needle and thread (in matching colors, if possible)
- One Dog Sweater (see below)
A Note On The Sweater
There are various ways you can go about obtaining a sweater for your dog:
KNIT ONE: I knitted a variation on this pattern for the sweater shown in the above photo. Yarn cost me all of $3, and it took me only a couple of days to finish. We also have a post the includes Seven Free Dog Sweater Patterns if you would like additional inspiration.
BUY ONE: Of course, if you lack the skills or time, you can always buy one! Here are some of the best options for this project from Amazon:
1.) Lay Out Your “Garland”
To start, decide the approximate location of your “garland strands.” This may change later, but it will at least give you a guide for cutting appropriate lengths.
2.) Sew The “Garland”
This step is a little tricky — unless your ribbon or rickrack is stretchy, you will want to account for the amount that the sweater will stretch once it’s on your dog.
Think of those old-school scrunchies: when they’re relaxed, they’re bunchy. When you stretch them, the bunching disappears. Your ribbon should be slightly bunched until the sweater is on your pup — if it isn’t, it won’t have any more stretch in it and the sweater will be too tight!
3.) Keep Stitching!
Make small, frequent stitches if possible to keep the garland looking neat. If it isn’t neat, don’t sweat it.
Sharp eyes may notice that my sweater has sprouted an additional garland in the above photo. Keeping the ribbon bunched, stitched, and in the intended location turned out to be a bit harder than I anticipated. I needed a fourth garland to account for a large swath of unclaimed real estate in the bottom half.
My point is: don’t be hard on yourself if it doesn’t go perfectly. You can also add something else to fix it, and I promise that you dog won’t notice or care!
4.) It’s Pom-Pom Time!
I promise that this step is much easier than the last! In fact, the hard part is all over. Pick your pom-poms and lay them out on the sweater in the general layout you would like for the final sweater.
Next, stitch ’em down! I stitched each pom about three or four times. Tie a secure knot, and trim your thread. Repeat with each pom.
5.) You’re a Star!
Time for the finishing touch! Stitch the star applique anywhere near the sweater’s neck. I chose the ribbed cowl neck, but do what works for you!
You have successfully made a DIY Christmas tree sweater for your dog! Send up photos of your finished projects — we would love to see them!
This is the BEST Christmas sweater ever!
Thank you! I had fun making it, too! 🙂
Using that pom pom link next time I order! Love the size & color.
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