How to Make an Ugly Christmas Sweater for Your Dog

Learn how to turn a plain doggie sweater into a festive holiday coat.

Dog in Christmas Sweater

Dog in Christmas Sweater

Photo by: Tiffany Corbett

Tiffany Corbett

Instead of knitting or buying a holiday sweater for your dog, embellish an existing one using designs from a human sized ugly Christmas sweater.

Tools and Materials

  • ready-made dog sweaters
  • ready-made ugly Christmas sweater
  • fabric glue
  • scissors

Step 1

Christmas Sweater Tree

Christmas Sweater Tree

Cut out the design from a human sweater. (Nothing is uglier to a dog than a cat on their sweater.)

Step 2

Christmas Sweater Tree

Christmas Sweater Tree

Use fabric glue adhere the applique to the sweater. Allow it to dry completely.

Step 3

Sweater Dog Party

Sweater Dog Party

Photo by: Chelsea Laine Francis

Chelsea Laine Francis

The options for embellishing dog sweaters are just as endless as they are for people.  Add decorative trim, sparkles and when in doubt put a pompom on it. If you already have a holiday dog sweater, add pompoms and other pieces of garland or bling. 

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