After much debate, I decided to make Whiskey a Taco Costume this year. He loves to wear anything that has straps like his winter coat (he seriously jumps for joy when I dig out his sweaters.) It was a blast to make, and has been a smash hit around town today. Can’t wait for him to strut his stuff at the Halloween party tomorrow.
And of course I had to share this with all of you, so here is a tutorial on how to make a Taco Costume for your own dog.
- Felt (tan, brown, green, yellow and red)
- Embroidery Thread (tan, brown, green, yellow and red)
- Velcro (the kind that you sew on, not the kind that has the adhesive)
- Poly Fill
- Measuring Tape
- Washable Marker
You’ll need some felt:
- Tan for the taco shell
- Brown for the beef filling
- Green for the lettuce
- Yellow for the shredded cheddar cheese
- Red for the tomatoes
You can use normal cotton thread for the stitches (and even use your sewing machine), but I prefer to use different coloured embroidery thread and hand sew the pieces together. You can match the embroidery thread and felt really well, or even have some fun with contrasting colours.
Measure the length that you want the taco shell to be. For Whiskey I measured on one side from the arm to the leg, which was about 9 inches.
On a piece of stiff board, cut a “taco shell” shape (half circle), the length that you measured on your dog, and half that for the height. Cut the shape out twice.
Lay one of the pieces on a length of tan felt. Measure a 1/2 inch border around the cardboard. Use this felt piece to cut 3 more pieces out of the felt.
For each taco shell you should have one cardboard piece and two felt pieces. Take the board, sandwich it between the felt pieces and pin in place. I used a backstitch to go around the entire piece. Try to get as snug to the cardboard as you can. Repeat with the other side.
For the lettuce leaves, cut a piece of green felt in a 10″ x 2″ strip. Draw on a “lettuce leaf” edge and cut it off. Take some green thread and do a gathering stitch the length of the felt piece. For a gathering stitch, do a running stitch, then pull the thread, gathering up the fabric and knot the end. make 3 more lettuce pieces (2 for each taco shell side)