Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Dalmatian puppy costume tutorial

Hey All!
It's almost Halloween which means, costume crunch time!
Since starting this blog back when Brynn was a baby, the post that has gotten pinned the most, received the most comments, emails and questions especially at this time of year is Brynn's first Halloween costume.

For her first Halloween we went as fire fighters and her as a Dalmatian puppy.  Since then, I have gotten so many emails asking how I made this costume, particularly the ears.

This year Brynn has to dress up for ballet class and again for our church trunk or treat on Friday.  I didn't want to give away our Halloween costume for this year early so I decided both girls would go as Dalmatian for our church trunk or treat and we would decorate our white SUV as a dalmatian also! Save our new costume for surprise on Halloween.

I had Brynn's old costume saved, so I only had to make a new one for Brynn this year in a bigger size, and Jolie could wear her old one.  I took this opportunity to photograph the process step by step for anyone to refer to in the future :)  Hope this helps!

One wash cloth, some black felt, scissors, hot glue gun, elastic for headband and waist of tutu, tulle
marker, shirt or onesie, red bow.

Step ONE, Ears:

I start with a white wash cloth for the ears.  I like to use a wash cloth because one its only a dollar at walmart, and two it has a fuzzy look like fur.  I start by tracing out one ear shape. Then cut that out.

Then I place that ear on the wash cloth and trace it again to make sure I have two of the same exact size and shape ears.

Two ears, traced and cut.
(the wash cloth ends do fray and shed, but don't worry)

Next, the headband for the ears to go on.  Measure your child's head and then cut to size.  Cut one extra little piece.  This will be used to cover the seam.

With your hot glue gun, glue the two ends together.

Take your tiny piece and hot glue around the part that was cut to cover your seam and hold it together better.

Next, trace different size circles onto black felt.

Last step with the ears is to glue them onto the headband.  This is the trickiest part so hopefully I can make it clear in my directions.

Basically your are going to fold the top over to form a triangle.

Make a triangle with your hot glue, place your elastic headband through this triangle and then fold it over.

Here you can see the elastic going through the wash cloth.
Repeat with the other ear.

When your done it should look like this.  Hopefully that made sense.

Glue the black dots all over the ears.
I do hot glue a red bow in the middle to make it extra cute and girly :)

Step TWO, the tutu.
I think pretty much all girl moms know how to make a tutu these days, and there are a million tutorials online. But just in case...

Get some elastic and measure around your child's waist, then cut and tie in a knot.

Find something to fit your elastic around while you work, a paper towel roll, pillow...a pumpkin!
In this case I used Brynn's Belle doll pillow.

Cut strips of tulle.  These pieces will be folded in half.  So make sure that you measure where you want it to come to on your child and then double that length.

Take your piece of tulle and fold it in half. Hold on top of elastic.

Bring the two ends under the elastic and  back through the hoop at the top.

Here is a picture of pulling the tulle through the top hoop.

pull all the way though ...

Tighten and slide to the side so that each strand is side by side.  Continue until you fill the entire piece of elastic.

Hot glue some of your circles on the tutu or you can leave it plain white, your choice.

Step THREE, the onesie or shirt.
Easy peasy, hot glue your round felt circles all over front and back.

Finish it off by painting your little cuties nose black and you are all set!  Of all our costumes this was the simplest and easiest of them... all but my favorite :)

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!


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