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20 Creative & Stylish DIY Dog Sweaters Anyone Can Make (With Pictures)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Your four-legged friend is lucky enough to have a built-in coat of their very own, but that doesn’t mean they never get cold! Taking the time to learn how to make a dog sweater is a great way to bond with your pup and ensure that they stay warm in all types of weather.

Don’t let the thought of sitting down to craft a dog sweater from scratch scare you. There’s a pattern or tutorial out there for all skill levels, so you can find one perfectly suited to your experience and what you already have on hand.

Ready to get crafty? Below are 20 dog sweaters you can make today.

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1. Knitted Harry Potter Dog Sweater by Handy Little Me

Materials: Three skeins extra-bulky yarn (primary color), Yarn for the letter (coordinating color)
Tools: S. 15 straight knitting needles, S. 15 20- or 24-inch circular knitting needles, Scissors, Darning needle, Tape measure, Stitch markers
Difficulty: Moderate

Whether you consider yourself a Potterhead or just a casual fan, this Handy Little Me knitted dog sweater pattern makes an excellent DIY project for any four-legged friend. While this sweater is inspired by Ron and Harry’s monogrammed Christmas sweaters — hence the Gryffindor colors — you can customize this sweater to reflect your pup’s own Hogwarts house!


2. The Juno Jumper by Alice in Knittingland

Materials: Chunky yarn
Tools: S. 10.5 circular knitting needle, Darning needle, Stitch markers, S. 10 crochet hook (optional)
Difficulty: Moderate

Inspired by her own Jack Russell Terrier, Alice in Knittingland’s Juno Jumper from Love Crafts is a great pattern for small dogs in need of a cozy sweater. This is a great project for knitters who have some experience under their belts but want to tackle something a little more challenging than a scarf or potholder.


3. No-Sew Upcycled Dog Sweater by The Thrifty Couple

Materials: Used sweater, sweatshirt, or sweatpants
Tools: Scissors
Difficulty: Easy

Fortunately, knowing how to knit, crochet, or sew isn’t a requirement when it comes to creating a DIY dog sweater of your very own. This no-sew sweater from The Thrifty Couple is a quick and easy way to transform an old piece of clothing into something new and fabulous for your pooch!


4. Easy DIY Dog Coat by Ricochet & Away!

Materials: Paper pattern, Outer fabric, Lining fabric, Batting, Fleece, Velcro
Tools: Scissors, Sewing machine or needle and thread
Difficulty: Advanced

Many dogs handle the winter weather just fine while indoors, but what about when outside on a walk or just to go potty? Ricochet & Away! has easy-to-follow instructions for making a winter coat that will keep your dog warm during the coldest months. You can even buff up the weather-protection offered by this jacket with waterproof fabric.


5. Cute Bumble Bee Dog Sweater by Crochet Guru

Materials: Black medium yarn, Yellow medium yarn
Tools: S. 9 crochet hook, Darning needle, Measuring tape, Scissors
Difficulty: Moderate

Who says dog sweaters can’t be functional and fashionable? This Crochet Guru sweater pattern will have your dog looking like an adorable bumble bee while staying warm and cozy during the winter months.


6. Fancy Dog Sweater Vest by Herstoria

Materials: Fabric, Bow (optional), Paper pattern
Tools: Scissors, Sewing machine or needle and thread
Difficulty: Easy

Herstoria has put together a tutorial for sewing a personalized sweater vest for your four-legged companion. You can even add a bow or other accessory to personalize your dog’s new sweater to their own style. This is a great project for beginners with little sewing experience.


7. DIY Flannel Dog Sweater by Sew DoggyStyle

Materials: Old flannel shirt, Fleece, Paper pattern
Tools: Sewing machine or needle and thread, Straight pins, Scissors
Difficulty: Advanced

Do you have an old flannel shirt lying around that’s just begging to be repurposed? This DIY tutorial from Sew DoggyStyle shows how to turn an old flannel button-down into an ultra-fashionable puppy sweater.


8. Knitted Turtle Shell Dog Sweater by Lion Brand

Materials: Medium yarn in light yellow, dark yellow, light green, medium green, and dark green
Tools: S. 9 knitting needles, S. 8 double-pointed knitting needles, S. 8 16-inch circular knitting needles, Darning needle, Stitch markers, Stitch holders, Scissor
Difficulty: Advanced

Lion Brand knows a thing or two about designing adorable dog sweaters — just take a look at this turtle-inspired pattern. With this comfy sweater, your dog will be ready for dress-up at a moment’s notice. Plus, everyone will be asking where you bought this one-of-a-kind creation!


9. Crocheted Ruffle Dog Sweater by Cattieluver Crafts

Materials: Medium yarn in solid pink and variegated pink
Tools: S. 8 crochet hook, Scissors
Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re on the hunt for an adorable, girly sweater for your pooch, then prepare to get our your crochet hook. Cattieluver Crafts designed this simple crocheted sweater — complete with a ruffled skirt — for dogs who prefer a more feminine touch.


10. Simple Bone Dog Sweater by Mimi & Tara

Materials: Knit fabric, Contrasting fabric for bones (optional), Paper pattern
Tools: Sewing machine or needle and thread, Scissors
Difficulty: Moderate

Mimi & Tara offers a straightforward tutorial for dog owners interested in sewing a sweater from scratch. You can keep it basic, add bone appliques for style, or even sew an attached hood. The possibilities are practically endless.


11. Custom-Tailored Dog Sweater by Sew What Alicia

Materials: Paper, Fabric, Velcro
Tools: Measuring tape, Straight ruler, Scissors, Sewing machine or needle and thread
Difficulty: Moderate

Dogs come in all shapes and sizes. If you’re having trouble finding dog attire that fits your pup, Sew What Alicia has put together detailed instructions for drafting and sewing your own dog sweater from scratch.


12. Button-Down Cardigan Dog Sweater by Berroco

Materials: Two skeins of yarn, Two buttons
Tools: S. 6/U.S. 7 knitting needles, Stitch holders, Scissors
Difficulty: Moderate

Berroco offers a free pattern for knitting your dog a dapper, button-down sweater. This sweater will fit dogs with a back measurement of around 16 inches, but experienced knitters can adjust the pattern to fit their pooch.


13. Striped Crocheted Dog Sweater by Yarnspirations

Materials: One or two balls of yarn
Tools: S. 6/U.S. 7 crochet hook, Scissors
Difficulty: Moderate

This Yarnspirations pattern is great for intermediate crocheters interested in crafting a DIY dog sweater. It even offers pre-made sizing adjustments to fit a variety of dog breeds.


14. Hooded Octopus Dog Sweater by Lion Brand

Materials: Yarn in dark blue, medium blue, and orange
Tools: S. 8/U.S. 9 knitting needles, S. 8/U.S. 9 double-pointed knitting needles, S. 9 16-inch circular knitting needles, Darning needle, Stitch markers, Stitch holders, Scissors
Difficulty: Advanced

Lion Brand is at it again with a fun and unique dog sweater! This hooded octopus pattern is great for Halloween, photo ops, or just for the fun of it. Unaltered, this pattern will fit most small and medium dogs.


15. Comfy Hoodie Dog Sweater by Paw Culture

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Materials: Used hooded sweatshirt
Tools: Measuring tape, Paper clips, Sewing machine or needle and thread, Scissors
Difficulty: Easy

Everyone loves lounging about in an oversized hoodie, which is why Paw Culture designed this comfy dog sweater. With this tutorial, you can easily transform an old hooded sweatshirt into a new piece of clothing for your pooch.


16. Heavy-Duty Outdoor Dog Sweater by Sew Can She

Materials: Piece of scrap fabric, Outer fabric, Lining fabric, Batting, Bias binding, Velcro
Tools: Sewing machine or needle and thread, Scissors, Marker
Difficulty: Advanced

Not all occasions call for a soft, knitted dog sweater. Sew Can She offers instructions for a custom-tailored pattern that will create a durable, weather-resistant sweater for those times when your dog is outside during the winter months.


17. Ugly Christmas Dog Sweater by Sew DoggyStyle

Materials: Basic dog sweater (like the one from Mimi & Tara), Two yards of ribbon, Button, Gift tag
Tools: Sewing machine or needle and thread
Difficulty: Moderate

Sew DoggyStyle is back with another fashionable dog sweater that’s perfect for the Christmas season. This ugly holiday sweater is surprisingly easy to make — it also makes great “wrapping paper” for any dog being given as a gift.


18. Knitted Dog Sweater for Beginners by Saga

Materials: Heavy worsted yarn in dark green and mustard yellow
Tools: S. 6/U.S. 8 knitting needles, Stitch holder, Darning needle
Difficulty: Easy

Learning to knit is a great way to boost your DIY abilities. With this basic knitting pattern from Saga, you can create a warm and stylish sweater for your dog — minimal experience required. While this pattern is designed for a Welsh Terrier, it can be adjusted to fit almost any dog.


19. Canine Carhartt Dog Sweater by Instructables

Materials: Chunky yarn
Tools: Seam ripper, Heavy-duty sewing machine or needle and thread, Scissors, Pins
Difficulty: Advanced

Carhartt is known as one of the most durable outerwear brands in the United States. With this guide from Instructables, you can take an old Carhartt jacket and turn it into a heavy-duty sweater for your dog. Now, you and Fido can match wherever you go!


20. Easy Recycled Dog Sweater by Resweater

Materials: Paper pattern, Used sweatshirt(s)
Tools: Sewing machine or needle and thread, Scissors
Difficulty: Easy

If you have multiple old sweatshirts no longer being worn, Resweater offers an easy-to-follow tutorial for making custom-sized dog sweaters. This pattern can give your old clothes a new lease on life in the form of a fashion-forward and cozy sweater sure to make all the neighborhood dogs jealous.

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Conclusion

Creating your own DIY dog sweater offers a chance to design something that you know you (and your dog) will love. Many of the sweaters mentioned above can be custom-tailored to fit almost any breed.

So, why not take the opportunity to flex your knitting, crocheting, or sewing skills? Or upcycle old clothes taking up valuable space in your closet?

Of course, you don’t have to settle on just one of these designs. You can learn how to make dog sweaters of all kinds if you like — maybe you’ll even make all 20!

Which of these DIY dog sweaters is your favorite? Have you made any of these designs for your own pup?

If you still can’t decide, take a peek at our collection of 25 Stylish DIY Dog Coat Ideas You Can Make Today.

See also: 7 Best Christmas Sweaters for Dogs


Featured Image Credit: Daria Photostock, Shutterstock

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