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This is something I made for my children when they were little and am now making for my great grandchildren.
To make the ties, wrap the yarn around the long side 20 times, then cut along the bottom. This will make 8 inch ties. Repeat for the rest of the ties. You will need approximately 135-150 ties.
I forget to time myself when I make a craft, but would estimate that it will take about 3 hours to complete this project.
By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas
This is a cute project you can make without knitting or crocheting with the right pattern and yarn. This is a guide about making a shaggy dog out of yarn.
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I'm looking for the instructions on how to make a shaggy dog out of yarn.
By Ashley from Fort Drum, NY
I do have one, but I have not made it yet. It's a red heart pattern . I'd be happy to email it to you if you like.
I too would love a copy of your pattern! Can you post it here?
How do you make yarn dogs and cats on coat hangers from back in the 60s?
Do a search for it. I posted the pattern in detail a few years ago. In fact as I post this there is a link to it on the right side of this page under "Related Guides.
Harlean from Arkansas
Editor's Note: Here is the link to Harlean's project.
I need instructions on how to make the wire form for the coat hanger dog. The horse and cat are really cute, too.
By Carol from MT
I am looking for the instructions for the recycle wire hanger yarn dog.
By Deryl from Greenwood, SC
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How do you make a yarn dog out of hangers?
By Debbie from Connersville, IN
Moderately Easy Instructions
Things You'll Need:
To make a yarn dog, the following items are needed: two or more balls of yarn (of any color), a metal hanger, a large two or three inch sewing needle, and a pair of scissors.
Step 1- Making yarn dogs involve tedious work and sound concentration. The amount of time you have will determine how long it takes for you to finish your yarn dog. The first thing you do is form the yarn dog skeleton. You do this by stretching the metal hanger so that it resembles a short snake with a hooked head.
Step 2 - Next, at the section of the metal hanger where the split begins, start folding the metal hanger so that it creates a figure. The first two legs should resemble spiked folds with the neck and head of the yarn dog longer than the hind portion of the yarn dog. The two hind legs should resemble smaller spiked folds with a hump to represent the back of the yarn dog and a loop for the yarn dog's tail. If the yarn dog skeleton is created correctly, then it should stand level and evenly on any surface. If your yarn dog skeleton is not standing evenly, then re-adjust the folding of the metal hanger until it reflects an even, standing structure.
Step 3 - Now that the yarn dog skeleton is ready, it's time to start adding flesh to the yarn dog. Start by taking a piece of yarn and place it between your thumb and your index finger. Next, turn your right hand or left hand, if you are left handed to the side. Slowly, begin wrapping the yarn around your hand at the top near your thumb. Do this procedure twenty times. Using the scissors, cut the yarn.
Step 4 - In creating the tail and the ears, create the same yarn bundle, tie a piece of yarn to the bundle on the inside of the bundle so that one side of the bundle is bound, while the other side is not unbound. Tie the yarn bundle with the bounded side to the yarn skeleton. Afterward, take the pair of scissors and cut the unbounded portion of the yarn bundle, which should be hanging downward from the yarn skeleton.
Step 5 - If you have followed the procedures illustrated properly, your yarn dog should turn out well. It will become a source of great conversation and many people will either want to take it home or have one made for them. Either way, cherish your creation because now you have made a yarn dog, not man's best friend, but a best friend for anyone.
good luck. (12/04/2009)
In 2006, I submitted step by step instructions with pictures and measurements for forming the hanger shape. You can print this out if you go to this link in the Thrifty Fun archives.
Just copy this into your browser: thriftyfun.com (12/13/2009)
Good afternoon everyone, hope all is well! I am looking for the shaggy dog pattern made out of yarn. I would love to have this for our church Christmas bazaar. I had the book and pattern, but evidently I have misplaced it. Thanks so much!
By pejoef from Louisa, KY
Search for it in Thriftyfun search bar. That's where I got mine from, there are several. (11/03/2010)