How To Make A Dog Costume
Some occasions call for special attire for your pet and you may want to know how to make a dog costume. A dog costume should always be simple enough that your pet can move around normally. A good costume should also be easy to take on and off your dog. These instructions are for a pumpkin costume for your dog, but they can easily be adapted to make other costume ideas.
To make a dog costume, you will need:
- Tape measurer
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Orange and green fabric (the amount will depend on the size of your dog)
- Orange thread
- Two sets of Velcro strips
- Permanent marker
Measure your dog. Begin by holding your dog still and measuring from his shoulders to a few inches above his tail. This will be your length measurement. Next, measure across his back from the one edge of his stomach to the other. This is your width measurement. Last, measure across your dog’s stomach between the last measurements so you can make the strips that will keep the costume in place.
Cut the fabric. Add two inches to the length and width measurements. Mark a rectangle of this size on the orange fabric and cut it out with your fabric scissors. Next, cut four strips of orange fabric two inches longer than the length of the stomach measurement and double the width of your Velcro.
Hem the edges. Turn over a half inch and then another half inch on each edge of the rectangle and hem the fabric on your sewing machine to make clean edges. This is important to prevent loose threads from ending up in your dog’s mouth. Turn the strips of fabric under and stitch them in half to make clean edges.
Attach the Velcro. Sew the Velcro strips onto the orange strips of fabric for the stomach. Stitch these onto the sides of the rectangle to make two Velcro closures that will hold the costume in place. The Velcro will also make it easy to take the costume on and off your dog.
Make the trim. Mark the width of your orange rectangle on your green fabric. Cut out a border in the shape of the green leaves at the top of a pumpkin. Use your sewing machine to attach this along the top edge of the orange rectangle.
Check for fit. Try the costume on your dog. You will be able to adjust the stomach strips to fit snugly on your dog. You should always check to be sure your dog can see, walk and breathe normally; this will ensure that your dog doesn’t spend the day trying to get out of his costume. No parts of the costume should touch the floor and you should be careful to trim extra threads or fabric that he may try to pull or eat. Never leave your pet unattended in a costume.
Decorate. You can leave your pumpkin costume plain or use a permanent marker to add a Jack-o'-Lantern face or other decorations. Take the costume off your dog and lay it flat before you add any additional artwork.