Kids Craft: How to Make Woven Sweater Pets

Paper weaving is a fun technique that allows for creativity and lets young children practice fine-motor skills.

Olivera Bratich
This easy-yet-adorable project requires construction paper and basics such as markers and glue.

It’s cold outside, and this simple craft incorporates weaving to make an adorable sweater for a paper pet. Paper weaving is a great way to practice fine-motor skills with young kids, especially over winter break. You can add just about any animal to the mix, making your own sweater-clad menagerie!

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Construction paper in various colors
  • White paper for template
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Glue stick
  • Markers

HOW YOU DO IT

1. Cut an 8.5x11-inch piece of white paper in half, so you have two pieces that are approximately 5.5x8.5. (Craft tip: Using a white piece of paper to draw and cut out templates before using construction paper is especially helpful for kids who like to plan out their designs or are anxious about making mistakes on the “real” paper. Templates are explicitly for practice.)

2. To make a cat, draw two pointy ears and the top of the head. For a dog, round off the top of the paper for the head and draw floppy ears on another piece of white template paper.

3. Cut out the template and trace it onto a piece of colored construction paper. Then, cut the animal out of the construction paper.

4. Use a ruler to measure the paper into thirds and make a tiny mark about one-third of the way down from the top.

5. Fold the bottom of the paper up to the mark you just made.

6. Cut 1-inch slits through the fold, stopping to leave about a half-inch at the bottom edge of the paper. Unfold and lay the animal flat.

7. Cut three 1-inch strips from various colors of construction paper.

8. Take one of the strips and weave it under and over the slits, all the way across.

9. Take a second strip and alternately weave it under and over the slits, all the way across. Repeat with the third strip.

10. Glue the edges of the strips to the pet’s body to secure them. Cut off any excess strip paper.

11. Use markers and/or construction paper to create a face for your pet.

WHO CREATED IT

Olivera Bratich owns Wild Cat Gift & Party, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features gifts, handmade goods and party supplies from more than 400 vendors, plus crafty workshops and parties for all ages. For more information, call 614-420-6603 or go to wildcatgiftandparty.com.

This “Hands On” craft project is from the Winter 2021 issue of Columbus Parent.