Making a Coat Hanger Yarn Dog

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.

  2. 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.
  3. 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.

  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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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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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March 10, 2020

I have a wire coat hanger animal that is red with white spots and a little hat. I need the directions on how to make them.


March 11, 20200 found this helpful

Right here on Thrifty Fun they have great instuctions on how to make a wire coat hanger dog if you want a cute pattern check this out.

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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?

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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!

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