Making a Coat Hanger Yarn Dog

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Use an old hanger and a skein of yarn to make a yarn dog This is a page about making a yarn dog.


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This is something I made for my children when they were little and am now making for my great grandchildren.



  1. Bend the hanger using the photo as a guide. First stretch it out then bend according to measurements shown. These measurements are not critical, but make sure the "legs" are stable. The tail should be higher than the back.

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  3. Cut a template that is 2 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Cut slots in the edge about an inch from the top.
  4. 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.

  5. Place a tie through the slots on your template, and make 20 wraps around the long side for an ear. Pull the tie up to the top, slide off the cardboard and tie tightly at the top with a double knot. Repeat for the second ear.
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  7. For body bundles, wrap 20 times across the short side of the template. Carefully slide off the cardboard and lay a tie under the middle of the bundle. Tie tightly around the bundle with a double knot. You will need about 135-150 body bundles. This may vary according to how tightly you pack them as you tie them onto the frame. The dog shown used 137 bundles plus the two ears.

  8. To assemble, start with the circle for the head. Starting at the bottom front of the circle, tie on about 8 bundles, tie the ears in and then finish filling the circle with bundles. Next start tying bundles on the front legs. It is easiest to do work on both sides as you proceed from the front to the back of the dog, finishing at the top of his tail. Just tie them and keep pushing them together as you go. Cut a rectangle of red felt and round one end. Put a dab of glue on the square end, and tuck it in place pressing the yarn loops against it to hold it in place. Add the pompom for his nose and the wiggly eyes, using the photo for a guide.
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  10. Tie a bow around his neck, and give him a little "haircut", trimming the ends of the ties that are sticking out all over.

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

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November 12, 2011

I'm looking for the instructions on how to make a shaggy dog out of yarn.

By Ashley from Fort Drum, NY


February 10, 20143 found this helpful

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.



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July 15, 20141 found this helpful

I too would love a copy of your pattern! Can you post it here?

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September 20, 20151 found this helpful

I too would love to have this pattern if you could email it to me thanks

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February 28, 20180 found this helpful

I am also searching for the shaggy dog made of yarn pattern. I found this pattern on a red heart yarn label back in the 90's. I made a couple of them and they turned out absolutely adorable! If anyone knows where to locate this pattern or even better have this pattern would you please e-mail it to me? Thank you very much, Jessi

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April 20, 20180 found this helpful

I would love to have the pattern ,if someone can email it to me would be much appreciated

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January 29, 2016

How do you make yarn dogs and cats on coat hangers from back in the 60s?


January 31, 20160 found this helpful

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.

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February 13, 20160 found this helpful

I use a 3" card = wrap 20 times with yarn - tie in middle then tie onto frame. Take 2 skeins of yarn min. I remember the cats but can't think how the frame was made and can't find it either.

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February 3, 2012

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


June 21, 20141 found this helpful

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

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I am looking for the instructions for the recycle wire hanger yarn dog.

By Deryl McGuire from Greenwood, SC

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February 9, 2017

This is a cute project you can make without knitting or crocheting with the right pattern and yarn. This is a page about making a shaggy dog out of yarn.

Shaggy Dog
Out of Yarn

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June 5, 2018

Trying to find the old pattern for making a wireless yarn dog can be daunting. This page contains a few leads you can try. This is a page about the pattern for a yarn dog that doesn't use a wire hanger.

White yarn dog.

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October 27, 2010

How do you make a yarn dog out of hangers?

By debbie from Connersville, IN


Coat Hanger Yarn Dog

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)

By kathleen williams

Coat Hanger Yarn Dog

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: (12/13/2009)

By Harlean

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January 4, 2011

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


Coat Hanger Yarn Dog

Search for it in Thriftyfun search bar. That's where I got mine from, there are several. (11/03/2010)

By barbara

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