If your special fur-child doesn’t have a costume yet, you may find just the right one here. Even if the cuddly heart of the family won’t be trick or treating this year, scroll through this post anyway. You’ll enjoy the smiles and grins and get some four-paw ideas for the next canine costuming occasion!
Originally designed for Martha Stewart’s dog, this Light-Up Dandelion dog costume is over-the-top amazing. The tutorial written by InStitch for the Instructables blog is detailed with excellent instructions you can easily follow. If there’s a yearly pet parade in your town, this is the winning costume! Don’t let the fiber optic headdress scare you – the tutorial wiring instructions are marvelous. Coats Button and Craft Thread plays a prominent role in the successful couture assembly – click here to see the selection. You’ll find great doggy measuring instructions to ensure that Ms. or Mr. Fluff gets a proper fit, too. Top off the costume with giant yellow poms and (hopefully) you’ll have an incredibly happy pup like the one shown here! Click here for the fabulous Instructables tutorial.
Echo is a seasoned costume model and enjoys the services of her personal canine couturier, Ms. Kittle. This smashing Walrus Dog tutorial was also shared on the Instructables blog. The wonderful measurement directions are key to producing a happy, well-rounded walrus. Plan on lots of batting and stuffing for blubber creation and plentiful rolls of whale goodness. The step by step instructions are super comprehensive and I love that they include the thought process of dog costume creation. Ms. Kittle’s ingenious method of harmless tusk attachment is marvelous! Click here for the tutorial and stitch your pooch into high seas Halloween adventure.
Almost quicker than making the real thing, this delicious Sushi Dog costume requires just an hour or so of your time. Made mostly from easy to sew colorful felt, you’ll have your diva dog looking like fresh sushi in no time. I particularly love this dog costume since its made to look like my favorite Japanese treat – minus the dog, of course. Jen of the Eat, Sleep, Make blog created this for her fur-nephew, Atari, who was, as she notes, clearly thrilled! Click here for Jen’s delectable tutorial and start rolling.
Simple Dino Dog
If you’re just flat out of time, Scout the Stegosaurus is sporting a super-simple dog costume you can still make. Scout’s personal sewist, Kristen of the Next Bird blog started with a t-shirt, waved her magic wand over a few pieces of craft foam and POOF – a gigantic Dino Dog appeared! Click here to read her magic making tutorial.
Quick Cupcake Dog
Yes, quick! Good news, right?! Even if you just have a day left before the Halloween party, your home dog can be stylin’ in no time as a yummy-good, chocolatey cupcake. Erika of the Sew Doggy Style blog stirred up this adora-dog costume using the Dog Coat Tutorial available on her blog. Look for the link in the first line of the Cupcake Dog post! And, once you have the coat tutorial, there’s no stopping you. So much fabric, so many dogs, so many costumes. The world is your Milk Bone! Click here for Erika’s choco-licious tutorial!
So….I’m just going to leave this last link right here…..Because if you need a good laugh now or later – this is it! And, if you still need some dog costume inspiration before you go barking mad, this might do it! Click here and enjoy a whole gallery of incredible canine costumes on Bored Panda. Happy Howl-o-Ween!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community.