Crafts To Keep You Busy
And Your Dogs Warm
Now that the holiday shopping is over, it's almost time to play with our pups outdoors! There's still a chill in the air, so our dogs need a little something extra to stay warm. Here are a few craft ideas to keep your dog warm and keep you busy when the sun's not shining.
Knitting, Crochet And Sewing
If you already know how to knit, crochet, or sew, grab some of your favorite yarn or fabric and make your pup a new sweater. Dozens of patterns are available free online. They have all sorts of knit and crochet patterns that range from the basic knits to sweaters that double as cute costumes. Soft polar fleece can easily be sewn into a dog coat or sporty hoodie that is warm enough for the coldest weather. If your dog travels a lot, a soft and durable car seat protector gives him comfort while keeping fur and scratches off your interior.
DIY Dog Sweater
Even if you are not an experienced crafter, you still can create fashion for your dog. Start with one of your old sweaters or a thrift-store find and transform it into something cute. Deconstruct it piece by piece for different crafts. Use the sleeves as a sweater for small dogs. With the narrow end for the neck and the length for the body, cut two holes for your pup's front legs. Hand-stitch the cut edges so it doesn't fray. In addition, you can recycle a T-shirt or sweatshirt into adorable canine gear.
Handmade Dog Bed
After a long day of playing, your pet will need a warm place to rest. Make them a unique dog bed by upcycling some other items. A suitcase can easily be turned into a pet bed with style and it does not require any sewing. Use an old suitcase of your own, or work with a thrift-store find. You also can make a dog bed out of a pillow and an old sweatshirt. For dogs who are going places, turn two towels into a comfy cushion for home or the road by sewing them together and stuffing them with other repurposed cloth or stuffing from around your home.
There are many ways your can combine your love of your dog with your creativity. Use your imagination, and you can keep yourself busy and your best friend cozy.
Shopping for your pet is easy with The Lakeside Collection. We have a huge selection of toys for both cats and dogs, as well as food bowls, beds, and more. Keep your pet busy and happy with The Lakeside Collection! Be sure to browse our selection of crafts for yourself, too!