DIY // The No-Sew Halloween Dog Costume

It’s not just kids and adults that dress up for Halloween, our dogs can get into the fun too! This easy no-sew Halloween dog costume is easy to make and can also double up as a warm winter jacket for them. Embellish it however you would like – my suggestion would be a dinosaur dog costume!

A dog in a no sew halloween costume base layer

Two hesitations about my (Lindsay) first Halloween as a dog-owner: the first is that I will spend a small fortune on a unique but uncomfortable costume my dog will tolerate for six minutes; the second is that I will spend days making a costume that will get only one night of wear. I don’t know how to use a sewing machine, I have no patience for hand sewing, and (tempting as it is) the Petco Lobster Costume isn’t going to cut it.

Easy DIY Halloween Dog Costume

If you feel where I’m coming from, let this No-Sew Dog Costume DIY (with printer-friendly templates) make your hound’s Halloween a little less frightening. Make it with craft felt with the pattern as a quick base for costume embellishment, then make it again with warmer fabrics later in the year for a cold-weather coat.

What You Will Need To Make This Halloween Dog Costume

  • Printer-friendly PDF (or full template JPEG)  You can get that here!
  • 36 x 36” square of craft felt
  • 12 x 12” square of craft felt (optionally, in a different color)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Iron-on Velcro strips
  • Iron
  • Marker

How to Make the Halloween Dog Costume

Print, cut, and tape together the printer-friendly PDF, then cut out the template outlines. Note that this template was made for a 25-pound dog that measures 20” from neck to tail – if your dog is considerably bigger or smaller, you can resize the full template JPEG or freehand the general shape to a piece of butcher paper.

No-Sew Dog Halloween Costume Template2. No-Sew Dog Costume Printables 

Line up the body template with the folded edge of your 36” felt and cut it out, such that the piece now unfolds into a sort of saddle. Cut out two copies of the strap from the smaller piece of felt. Using your dog’s body as a guide, mark on the inside of the “saddle” where the straps can comfortably connect under the belly.

Draw a generous line of hot glue on what will be the inside edge of the saddle, then attach straps. Lay out the Velcro on the far edge of the straps with the toothy side facing toward the work surface and fuzzy side facing you (when you connect the pieces on your dog, you want the toothy part to be close to the body, while the fuzzy side warps up to meet it).

Instructions for the velcro

Follow the instructions on the Velcro package to iron the pieces into place. Once the straps are attached, drape whole piece over your dog and attach the straps you just glued under his/her belly. Fold the arms of the U-shape around the chest and use a marker to note where two more pieces of Velcro will hold the arms in place.

Velcro fastening around the dogs legs 

Once all your pieces are in place, suit up your pup!

A dog in the finished base level of the Halloween costume

A fun dinosaur dog costume is perfect for Halloween!

This basic dog coat can then be dressed up and decorated however you like! I added a little hood and a tail and turned the simple design into a scary (or not!) dinosaur! Let your imagination run wild, you could transform it into lots of different animals, I’m thinking a zebra would be really fun! Or, you could simply add a tonne of sparkles!

The Halloween dog costume decorated as a dinosaurI’m technically going for a little more “Liz the Chameleon” from The Magic School Bus and a little less “Baby Bop” from Barney, but hey, that’s why you start these things on the early side!

A dog sitting down in the Halloween dog costume

A basic dog coat pattern

Once the weather starts to get cooler, I’m going to make another one of these coats to keep my little pup warm on walks. Use some thicker fabric, and maybe add some reflective strips so they can be seen on dark evenings. The whole thing came together in no time at all – at this rate I’ll need to make some space in my closet!

Top Tips to Make The No-Sew Halloween Dog Costume

  • Choose a soft fabric that will be comfortable for your pup to wear.
  • You can easily resize the design so that it fits your dog.
  • Have fun decorating it, but don’t use anything that may be toxic or a chocking if your dog eats it.

Be sure to check out these other fun Halloween costumes for the rest of the family!

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DIY Halloween || Chocolate Chip Cookie Costume

Are you planning to dress up your furry friend this Halloween? Let me know what your planning and what you think of this fun Halloween Dog Costume design in the comments below!

The No-Sew Halloween Dog Costume

This easy no-sew Halloween dog costume is easy to make and can also double up as a warm winter jacket for them. Embellish it however you would like - my suggestion would be a dinosaur dog costume!
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: dinosaur dog costume, DIY dog costume, dog halloween costume
Yield: 1 costume
Author: Jen Pinkston

Materials

  • Printer-friendly PDF or full template JPEG
  • 36 x 36” square of craft felt
  • 12 x 12” square of craft felt optionally, in a different color
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Iron-on Velcro strips
  • Iron
  • Marker

Instructions

  • Print, cut, and tape together the printer-friendly PDF, then cut out the template outlines.
  • Line up the body template with the folded edge of your 36” felt and cut it out, such that the piece now unfolds into a sort of saddle. Cut out two copies of the strap from the smaller piece of felt. Using your dog’s body as a guide, mark on the inside of the “saddle” where the straps can comfortably connect under the belly.
  • Draw a generous line of hot glue on what will be the inside edge of the saddle, then attach straps. Lay out the Velcro on the far edge of the straps with the toothy side facing toward the work surface and fuzzy side facing you (when you connect the pieces on your dog, you want the toothy part to be close to the body, while the fuzzy side warps up to meet it).
  • Follow the instructions on the Velcro package to iron the pieces into place. Once the straps are attached, drape whole piece over your dog and attach the straps you just glued under his/her belly. Fold the arms of the U-shape around the chest and use a marker to note where two more pieces of Velcro will hold the arms in place.
  • Once all your pieces are in place, suit up your pup!

Notes

You can download the PDF design here.
Note that this template was made for a 25-pound dog that measures 20” from neck to tail – if your dog is considerably bigger or smaller, you can resize the full template JPEG or freehand the general shape to a piece of butcher paper.

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  1. katie h.

    10/10/2013

    love this! i wish i was this handy. this guide does give me some hope for a cat costume for captain pedro this year

  2. I love this! How did you make the tail and hat?

  3. Hi!

    Such a beautiful costume and model!! <3

    I have a question, How can I do the hat?

    Regards!!