Dog Sweaters, Cat Costumes, and More Projects for Pets
From clever and cute to completely cra-cra, you’ll find some of the trendiest, nerdiest, and funniest crochet and crafts for dogs and cats here!
Cold Weather Sweaters and Jumpers for Dogs
My dog vibrates when the temperature drops below 60 degrees, and we avoid running any heat for as long as possible, so it’s important that she’s protected from the elements inside and outside.
The easiest, least expensive solution is to take an old sweatshirt or sweater and repurpose it into two (yes, TWO!) dog sweaters for her.
|Sew Delish has some very simple, no-sew instructions on how to upcycle a sweatshirt into a dog sweater|
Here’s the way I make mine…
And here’s the end result. It took less than 5 minutes, and she’s much more comfortable.
The Juno Jumper
CHRISTMAS TREES Dog Sweater
Dog sweater (lambs too!)
knitting pattern by Kristin Nicholas
Sock Monkey Dog Sweater
Maddi’s Sailor Dog Sweater
Suzi by DROPS Design
Rain Gear for Dogs
Wet dogs are smelly. And often cold. Blech. I don’t know about yours, but my little dog doesn’t like to go out in the rain to take care of necessary business, so the pack (meaning we humans) has to go outside with her.
You can make a simple, inexpensive dog raincoat with some waterproof fabric, velcro, and sewing supplies.
Instructions for this DIY dog raincoat by Jenny Lee
Matching Raincoats (source)
Kick it up a notch (or ten)
Speaking of Kitty Wigs…
This stylin’ dog looks like a cross between Anthony Bourdain, Steve Tyler, and a female actor I haven’t placed yet. By Candice Cunningham, available as a poster.
Hearts Like Lions
|Lion Dog Costume by scoochmaroo
|Lions Mane costume by Downunder Dog Designs
|King of the Beasts (Lion) Dog Sweater
by Lion Brand Yarn
The Bjork Swan Dress costume modeled by Mamma Biscuit. I love the tongue.
The Chia Pet Dog Costume by Stacie Tamaki
The cat costumes above are the work of Takako Iwase, whose philosophy regarding costuming cats boils down to:
1. Costuming your cat is necessary. Tell your cat, “this, too, will pass.”
2. Taking a good quality photograph of your costumed cat is important for the prosperity of your family (and cat).
3. Remove your cat’s costume immediately after photographing. Be sure to express proper gratitude to your cat; flood your kitty with praise!
I’ve paraphrased, of course. Perhaps someone versed in Japanese can better translate.
Dog and Cat Sci Fi, Fantasy, and Superhero Costumes
Sci-Fi themed kitten costumes by Wendy Robbins (folkwynd on Flickr)
|Captain America Cat Costume Crochet Pattern|
The “My Poor Kitty” department at liftedgeek.com features Fibby the cat (the Fib stands for Focused Ion Beam), who models crochet creations by Riri, a chemist, gamer, cosplayer, and crocheter.
Dog bed and bandana