For the past few weeks, I have had very little time to craft. I’ve been dealing with some terrible litigation for my parents (finally the cases have been resolved and dismissed), come down with dermatographia (unknown cause but getting better slowly), and started on a ketogenic diet to try to cleanse/reboot my body and lose some weight (so far 13 pounds down in 3 weeks!). I am so thankful that we seem to be through the worst of things lately and I am especially thankful for my sweet little Bandito. He always makes me smile and I am so grateful that I still have him after the loss of my dearly departed Biscuit. In his honor, I crafted a Halloween costume that I thought I could whip up in a couple of hours with things I had on hand.
I didn’t have a pattern or anything like that, but I figured I could just doodle a candy corn shape onto some white, orange and yellow felt with a marker and hand fussy cut them out. First I cut the whole candy corn shape out of white felt (measuring about 8.75″ x 12″), then I cut additional colored segments out in yellow, orange and white felt with a slight curve at the top and bottom of each so that the candy corn would have a rounded look. I didn’t want to bother with lugging my sewing machine out, so I used Beacon Fabric-Tac to glue the pieces together.
Then I thought about how I was going to attach this around my Bandito’s torso and neck. The easiest way I could think to do it was to add straps. For the belly straps, I cut 4.5″ wide orange felt straps that I folded over and glued length-wise (with a 0.3″ overlap) for added durability. One side was 10″ long and the other side was 5″ long (lengths will vary depending on your pet’s girth). For the neck strap, I cut a 4.5″ wide white felt strap that I folded over and glued length-wise (with a 0.3″ overlap) again for durability.
All that was left was to figure out the closure. I thought the easiest would be to use 3/4″ hook and loop Velcro sew-on tape. I could have used sticky-backed Velcro tape (then there would have been zero sewing!) but because I had used felt rather than regular woven fabric for the costume, I thought the sew-on type of Velcro would work better and be less likely to tear the costume. I didn’t have any of this in my stash so I had to run out to the store for it, but after that quick errand, it was super easy. I sewed two strips of the Velcro to each of the straps (double-checking my measurements for placement before sewing), and voila! It was so easy, and now I have a unique candy corn costume for my pup! Doesn’t he look adorable?!
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This costume is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Halloween/Spooky Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Halloween/Spooky Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes With Optional Use of Purple Challenge
Just Keep on Creating Anything Goes Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday Give Thanks Challenge
Crafty Gals Corner Halloween Colours Challenge
Crafter’s Castle Anything Goes With Optional Winter/Christmas Challenge
The Corrosive Anything Goes October Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
this is so adorable, your furry pal looks so cute, thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, hugs kath xxx
Awww thanks so much Kath! He looks adorable any day, any moment, but I love that I got to make him a Halloween costume to reflect his sweetness too! 🙂
Bandito looks very pleased with his Halloween costume! He does indeed look adorable! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore “Anything Goes” October Challenge. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
Carole x DT
Thanks so much Carole! He’s a cutie patootie!
Heee I saw your pup in the link up and just had to pop over – what a cutie! His outfit looks fab!
Thanks so much Lynne! I really appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to leave such a kind and encouraging comment.
Oh my, what a fun craft idea! Also, your fur-baby is too cute! Thank you for joining the Crafter’s Castle’s October Challenge! –Tasha ☺
Thanks so much Tasha!
This costume is simply adorable, your dog looks so so cute. Such a great idea.
Thanks so much for sharing your creation at the
October 2018 Anything goes link-up at Just Keep On Creating.
Thanks so much Susan!
So cute and looks like the pup love wearing it! So glad you joined us at Creatalicious Challenges!
Thanks so much sweetie!
This is absolutely adorable. Besides keeping your fur baby nice and toasty warm. Thank you for joining us over at Crafty Gals Corner Challenge. Best of luck and hope to see you again soon. DT~Jana Forrest
Awww thanks so much Jana!
Lovely projects!!!! I love so much your dog
Thanks for joinig us at Corrosive Challenge blog
Ana Isabel DT Coordinator.
Awww thanks so much Ana!
A great project!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional use purple” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
Thanks for the lovely comment! Happy New Years!