Recycled Wire Hanger Yarn Dog

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January 3rd, 2009, 12:12 am #1

  • Lightweight Wire Coat Hanger
  • Light Cardboard for template
  • About 1 4 Ounce Skein 4-Ply Yarn Color of Choice
  • 30 inches of Ribbon
  • 3/4 inch Black Pom Pom for nose
  • 2 wiggly eyes 15 MM
  • White tacky glue or hot glue
  • Small piece of red felt for the tongue
Bend the hanger using the photo as a guide. First stretch it out then bend according to measurements shown. These measurements are not critical, but make sure the "legs" are stable. The tail should be higher than the back.
Cut a template that is 2 1/2 inches wide and 4 inches long. Cut slots in the edge about an inch from the top.
To make the ties, wrap the yarn around the long side 20 times, then cut along the bottom. This will make 8 inch ties. Repeat for the rest of the ties. You will need approximately 135-150 ties.
Place a tie through the slots on your template, and make 20 wraps around the long side for an ear. Pull the tie up to the top, slide off the cardboard and tie tightly at the top with a double knot. Repeat for the second ear.
For Body Bundles, wrap 20 times across the short side of the template. Carefully slide off the cardboard and lay a tie under the middle of the bundle. Tie tightly around the bundle with a double knot. You will need about 135-150 body bundles. This may vary according to how tightly you pack them as you tie them onto the frame. The dog shown used 137 bundles plus the two ears.
To Assemble, start with the circle for the head. Starting at the bottom front of the circle, tie on about 8 bundles, tie the ears in and then finish filling the circle with bundles. Next start tying bundles on the front legs. It is easiest to do work on both sides as you proceed from the front to the back of the dog, finishing at the top of his tail. Just tie them and keep pushing them together as you go. Cut a rectangle of red felt and round one end. Put a dab of glue on the square end, and tuck it in place pressing the yarn loops against it to hold it in place. Add the pompom for his nose and the wiggly eyes, using the photo for a guide.
Tie a bow around his neck, and give him a little "haircut" ~ trimming the ends of the ties that are sticking out all over.
I forget to time myself when I make a craft, but would estimate that it will take about 3 hours to complete this project.
By Harlean from Hot Springs, Arkansas