DIY Dog (or Toddler) Tutu

Tutorial for an easy DIY Dog Tutu [pinit]

 

Halloween is right around the corner, so if you're looking for a cheap and easy DIY tutu, here it is! It's perfect for dogs (and kids) of any size. :)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1-4 spools of 6" wide tulle (find these near fabric and ribbon at your local craft store)
  • Velcro (we used the self adhesive strips, but you can also glue or sew these on)
  • Elastic (at least 1" wide for medium to large dogs, 1/2" wide for small dogs)
  • A pair of scissors
  • A ruler

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Instructions:

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

1. Measure and cut the elastic that will go around your dog's waist. You can stretch it just a tad so it stays put, but leave extra room for the overlap where your adhesive Velcro strips will go.

2. For a medium or large dog, cut about forty 24" strips of tulle. For a small dog, start with about a dozen 12" strips. Adjust the length according to your needs, keeping in mind that you'll need a strip that is twice the desired skirt length. Our 60 lb. dog required 40 strips for her 18" waist; therefore, we used about 27 yards of tulle total.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

3. Fold each strip of tulle lengthwise and make an angled cut (like you're cutting ribbon). In the photo above, the folded edge is on the right and the open edges are on the left.

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

4. Now it's time to tie the tulle to the waistband. Fold each strip in half, then pull the ends through the loop (see the coral ribbon in the photo). Repeat until your elastic is almost filled. Alternate colors, use one color, or make it random!

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

Keep going...

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

5. When you get to the ends, attach your Velcro. (The adhesive strips we purchased didn't stick very well, so you may have to reinforce the Velcro with hot glue.)

DIY Dog Tutu // a cheap and easy costume!

6. Last step: Break out the dog treats, try on the tutu, and take a photo. :)

In general, Nani is really patient about getting "dressed up," but this tutu didn't seem to bother her one bit. I think it's because it only goes around her waist and she can sit down and move about without a problem. Hats and such, on the other hand, will only stay on for a minute or so.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

DIY sushi roll costume for pets | bearded dragon

DIY pet sushi roll costume, lizard, bearded dragon [pinit]

 

Sooo, I may have gotten carried away with the Halloween DIY this year, BUT I still love this. After making one of these for our dog, I decided to make a *mini* version for our bearded dragon. (She was in a bad mood because the dog was staring at her, so we only left it on for a few minutes.)

Supplies (for 1 mini salmon sushi roll costume):

  • 3 small pieces of felt: black, white, and orange
  • 12 inches of peach ribbon (I used velvet ribbon)
  • a pair of scissors
  • thread
  • a needle
  • hot glue gun (and a hot glue stick)
  • cotton or synthetic stuffing (cotton balls would also work)

Instructions:

  1. Trim all of your felt pieces so that they fit your animal: 1 long black piece for the seaweed, 2 rectangular orange pieces for the salmon, and 2 rectangular white pieces for the rice. The black piece should be wide enough to go around their middle (with space to spare). You basically make two felt pillows for the rice layer and salmon layer, so measure accordingly. Keep in mind the rice and salmon pillows should be wider than the seaweed.
  2. Stitch 3 of the 4 edges together on the pillows, then stuff them. Sew up the opening.
  3. Decide how you want to place the ribbon over the orange pillow, then trim into 4 pieces. Attach the ribbon with hot glue. Be sure to glue all the way to the edges. Trim the excess ribbon.
  4. (OPTIONAL) I stitched the two pillows together to flatten them a bit. This helped them stay on her back.
  5. Since this is only a temporary costume, I wrapped the black felt around her belly with the pillows on top. It stayed on long enough for a few photos. (If you have trouble keeping it on there, try tying a soft piece of black yarn around the sushi roll.)

*No animals were harmed in the making of this costume. :) DO NOT keep this on your small pet/reptile for more than a few minutes, and keep an eye on them the whole time.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

 

DIY *Mini* Dog Party Hat

DIY Dog Hat for Small Dogs [pinit]

 

Remember the DIY Dog Party Hat we posted a few months ago? Well, I made a mini version this past weekend for a little dachshund. Isn't it cute?

Basically, follow the instructions from our previous post, but cut the cone much shorter. For this pink hat, I folded up the bottom edge and hot-glued a felt ribbon on top. (The ribbon was made with 4 tiny strips of cut felt - nothing fancy there!) The gray felt flower was pre-made by Jolee's Boutique: I found it at Michaels.

We don't have any small dogs at home, so I had Nani model it for you...

DIY small dog party hat | pink and gray felt flower hat

DIY Dog Party Hat

DIY Dog Party Hat [pinit]

 

Ever since I was little, I've enjoyed dressing things up...my baby brother, my dogs, and now, my husband. :) Today I'm going to share an easy, 10-step project for a dog party hat. I made the first two hats probably 2 years ago. I put them on the dogs as part of a birthday surprise for my husband (then boyfriend). Since then, we've broken them out for all sorts of celebrations...

The hats are dog friendly (i.e., shred-proof, soft, and flexible) as well as super easy (and cheap) to make.

Supplies (for 1 dog hat):

  • 1 8.5" x 11" sheet of felt (you can buy packs of these at craft stores, WalMart, Target, etc.)
  • a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • a pair of scissors
  • 2 strips of ribbon (each strip should be at least 12" long, but it depends on the size of your dog)
  • additional scraps of felt (optional)
  • additional ribbon (optional)

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Instructions:

DIY Dog Party Hat

1. Start out with 1 sheet of felt.

DIY Dog Party Hat

2. Fold the top right corner down and to the left until the corner meets the bottom.

DIY Dog Party Hat

3. Apply hot glue on the singly-ply part of the sheet.

DIY Dog Party Hat

4. Now, fold over the single-ply strip to seal that side of the sheet. Fold over the small remaining corner (seen in the left photo above). Then trim the open end of the sheet so you're left with a cone shape.

Tip: If you have a small dog, just cut the cone shorter for a smaller hat. This hat should fit a medium to large dog, anywhere from 50 to 100 lbs.

DIY Dog Party Hat

5. After trimming, you should have your basic hat. If you're pressed for time, you can simply make a bunch of these in different colors. If not, you can add details and decoration with scraps of ribbon and felt...

DIY Dog Party Hat

6. Here, I added a scrap of pink felt to the top of the hat. Be sure to play around with the placement of the felt before applying your glue.

DIY Dog Party Hat

7. After finishing the pink top, I cut out strips of white felt to add a fringe trim along the bottom.

DIY Dog Party Hat

8. Since you're dealing with a cone shape, it's easiest to do the bottom trim in two pieces. Here, I cut out the fringe with a bunch of short vertical cuts. Then I glued the trim to the hat.

DIY Dog Party Hat

9. I've been waiting a looong time to use this felt ribbon I bought on sale at Michaels...

DIY Dog Party Hat

10. Last step: glue your strips of ribbon to the inside of the hat. Don't forget to measure your dog's head first - make sure your strips of ribbon are long enough.

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Here are a couple other polka-dot hats from previous years...

DIY Dog Party Hats

In my experience, dogs keep them on for about 30 seconds while you tell them to stay. After they get their treat, they usually tilt their heads to make it slide off... but it's worth it for the photo opps!