DIY Upcycled Sweater Pet Bed

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DIY Upcycled Sweater Pet Bed
Shannon King, Charity Director

Looking for a fun and simple craft to keep the kids occupied this summer?  This super easy craft lets you upcycle sweaters that you have been meaning to donate and create a cozy pet bed.  Don’t have a pet or need another pet bed? No problem!  Your local ASPCA, Humane Society, or animal shelter will love to accept your donated creation and so will a lonely doggie or kitty! This is a fantastic and easy service project for your Cub Scouts, Brownies, or youth group.

Here are the materials and tools you may need:

  • Old sweater;
  • Pins;
  • Polyester or cotton fillings;
  • A flat pillow;
  • Scissors;
  • Needle (a large plastic needle easy and safer for smaller kids);

Let’s get started!

  1. Lay your shirt out flat with the arms out. Sew the neck closed with a blanket stitch. *Yarn is best when using a sweater.  When finished knot it off and trim any extra thread or yarn.

Blanket stitch how to:

  1. Stitch a simple seam from armpit to armpit, across the chest. When finished, knot it off and trim any extra.
  2. Stuff the arms and upper chest with stuffing / filling.
  3. Place a flat pillow in the tummy or lower portion of the shirt.
  4. Close the waist with the same blanket stitch as above. When finished, knot it off and trim any extra.
  5. Insert one sleeve into the other.
  6. Stitch the sleeves together. When finished, knot it off and trim any extra.
  7. Flip the bed over and stitch the bottom of the waist to the sleeves. When finished, knot it off and trim any extra.

That’s it!  Now you have a great pet bed that any pet will love!

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