Use an old hanger and a skein of yarn to make a yarn dog This is a guide about making a yarn dog.
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
I am looking for the pattern for the yarn dog with "no" wires. I love that pattern and would like to make it for my grandbabies. Pictured is the one I am looking for. Can anyone email me a copy of it?
By Michelle B.
I wish mine turned out this cute. I made my first one tonight... LOL well, I'll show you a photo and if you want the pattern just let me know. I did a horrible job gonna get someone to help me next time. I tried to make a yorkie for my friend.
Can You give me a pattern for a YARN-Dog- without the wirehanger
I found a pattern on Amazon by McCall patterns it's...McCall 2627 shaggy dog stuff/dog pattern vintage 1986 13 or 16 in. Good luck
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.
Can someone please tell me how I can dust a yarn dog. My 17 month old has just been given one that is 30 years old and it is very dusty
No way to dust. You must soak it a pan or pail of warm water with a bit of Dawn or other mild dish detergent or Woolite is good too. Hair shampoo works too. Swish gently and rinse several times in warm water swishing gently. Gently squeeze as much water as you can and roll in bath towels pressing a bit to remove excess water.
When nearly dry blow dry on low setting to fluff and to remove all water so wire armature does not rust. You can add a bit of white vinegar or hair conditioner or fabric softener to the final rinse to soften and vinegar helps to deodorize and remove any remaining detergent residue. Finger comb and arrange yarn when done. These are yarn cleaning directions. Works for all yarn.
For a dusty ball or skein of yarn that was in storage you must wind it into a circular skein around whatever you have and tie it in several places with short lengths of yarn around the skein and then wash and hang by one of the ties to dry. Can be blow dried too on low to fluff and remove any dampness once nearly done. Then wind into a ball by hand or with a ball winder.
I would throw the dog in with perhaps a one half dryer sheet, I like unscented Bounce, and a dry towel, a kind of thread worn one...lol and put the dryer on air dry!
You could try this place in small kitchen garbage bag , grab and gather in hand and hold over the wand of your vacuum cleaner. Then suck the air out being careful not to get too close to the yarn.
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?
I too would love to have this pattern if you could email it to me thanks
I am looking for the pattern for the shaggy yarn dog. I have the pattern that uses a wire hanger. Thank you.
Can you be more explicit in your request please? I have a few patterns, but not sure exactly what you are looking for.
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 have never seen the horse and cat one. Could someone send me a picture, would love the patterns for them but without the wire because they would be for children. Thank you
I am looking for the pattern to make a shaggy dog. It is in Coats and Crafts #Art j17 Book 0713. It is titled Animal Bazaar Book. There is no wire is in this dog. I am desperate to find either the book itself or at least the directions to make the dog. He is so so cute. Thanks to anyone who can help.
By shaggyjean from Park Ridge, IL
Check etsy.Com/it's a place where crafters sell there wares. It works like ebay. So go to the site and put the pattern number in and see if they have it.
I would like to know to get a copy of the Animal Bazaar pattern from the Coats and Clark book number Art J17 0713? Please help me. Thank you.
By Bonnie from Athol, ID
Here's a pattern complete with pictures:
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)
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)