I present to you Project 1 of 52 for the GHU52 - an Upcycled Dog Sweater.
For this project, I repurposed an old sweater of mine into a toasty, warm doggie sweater for Shawna. As you all know, I love to take old things and give them new life (see here, here and here just to name a few). So this project was right up my alley.
After being groomed last week, poor Shawna could not stop shivering. Before the grooming, she was basically a wooly little sheep and was then sheared down to nothing - no wonder she was cold! To help her out, I lined her doggie bed with a heating pad, covered her with blankets and started searching for another alternative to keep her warm. I finally found this tutorial at CraftSylish and, in about an hour, Shawna had a custom doggie sweater - tailored just for her! Doggie couture :)
For this particular project, I won't go into the step-by-step details as I pretty much followed the directions found in the post. It is really well written and the measurements worked almost perfectly for Shawna. She is a little skinny around her waist so I ended up having to take in that area, but otherwise, it was a perfect fit!
For anyone wanting to try this out for their pups, this is a super-easy and quick project. I think the hardest part was actually getting the dog to hold still for the measurements! I would say the sewing skill level is "beginner" for this project, as it really doesn't require any special stitches or hems. And seriously, if I can sew it - anyone can!
While Shawna wasn’t thrilled to put the sweater on initially, she soon discovered that the it helped subside the shivers. Mommy to the rescue!
I hope you enjoyed the first of the GHU52...only 51 more projects to go :)
The Green Horned Unicorn Project 52 (GHU52) is a personal challenge to create, photograph & post 52 craft projects in 2012. You can read more about in this post.