Need a dog costume in a hurry? If you’re fast, you could make this costume in under 30 minutes! best of all, NO SEWING required!! Most of the materials I scrounged from around the house, but this costume should cost you no more than 5 or 6 dollars to make. I bought the fabric from the odds and ends bin of my local fabric store for less than a dollar.
Tools & Supplies
You will need – a piece of craft foam, a pom-pom, some “fun” looking fabric, heat fusible interfacing, velcro, elastic, scissors, a stapler, a marker, a large piece of paper, an iron and a hot glue gun.
Making The Hat
Find a printable kids party hat template, download and cut it out. Place the template on the fun foam, trace and cut.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue on one side of the craft foam.
Roll the hat together and hold the ends for a minute or two while the glue sets.
Put a good dollop of glue on the tip of the hat and add the pom-pom.
Take one end of the elastic, place it inside the hat and staple, taking care that the staple crimps to the outside of the hat. Put the hat on your dog to see how much elastic you will need to keep the hat on your dog’s head. Make a mark and staple the other end of the elastic to the hat.
And you’re done making the hat!
Making The Pattern For The Collar
Measure the circumference of your dog’s neck. Now draw a giant bulls eye on your paper. To get the diameter for the hole of the collar, divide the circumference by 3.14. Take that number and center it on the bulls eye mark, up and down and side to side. To complete the circle, connect the marks with curved lines. Making the outer circle depends on how large you want your clown collar.
Cut out your pattern and we’re ready for the next step.
Making The Clown Collar
Lay your pattern out on the fabric, trace and cut.
Lay the fabric on the interfacing. It is important that the shiny side of the interfacing is facing upwards to the backside of the fabric. Iron the fabric on the highest no steam setting until the interfacing fuses to the fabric. Give the fabric a minute to cool and them trim the excess.
*NOTE* You can skip this step, but I like the extra weight that the interfacing gives the fabric
Cut the circle open and add a velcro tab. My velcro had adhesive backing, but you can use hot glue or staples to keep it in place.
An Extra Touch
If you want to give your dog the appearance of wearing cuffs, you can cut some strips of vet wrap bandaging and wrap then around your dogs pasterns. Vet Wrap is available at some pet stores and most horse tack shops.
Try It On Your Dog
Time to dress up your dog! Doesn’t Dexter look happy?