We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate National Taco Day and the month of Halloween than a taco costume for your dog. The truly creative Mags, from Unleash Creative got her craft on and prepared this tutorial just for you. This taco has all the good stuff: meat, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce!
Let’s get started!
Supplies for Dog Taco Costume
- Ruler or tape measure
- 2 x large sheets of warm yellow felt (I used two 70 x 60cm sheets)
- 1 x large sheet of green felt (I used one 70 x 60cm sheet)
- 2 x A4 sheets of lighter and or darker green felt
- 1 x A4 sheet of red felt
- 1 x A4 sheet of light yellow felt
- 2 x A4 sheets of brown felt
- A roll of kraft paper
- cardboard from a large used packing box or carton
- sewing thread in coordinating colours
- hot glue gun (optional)
- Sewing elastic
Taco Body: measure the length of your dog as well as the diameter around its body just behind the front legs and in just front of the hind legs
Halve the measurement of your dogs body length and use a string attached to a pencil or marker to draw a circle onto a large sheet of paper – I just used a roll of kraft paper.
Cut the circle out and then cut it in half. At this point you should check the size again your pooch to make sure it’s the right size. Make any adjustments here. The transfer the half circle pattern onto a sheet of cardboard twice and then cut it out.
Lay each cardboard template onto a sheet of yellow felt folded over in half. Mark around the outside of the template with a 1/2 cm allowance for stitching. Cut out your half circle yellow felt pieces – you should have a total of four.
Sandwich each of the cardboard half circle pieces between two pieces of the cut yellow felt and stitch around the edges using a blanket stitch.
Take a sheet of brown felt and measure it against to top of your pets’ back then cut to size and mark up on the taco insides. Stitch it in place on both sides of the taco shell sides which will create a type of saddle that will sit over your pets’ back (with the taco shell on either side).
Cut four equal pieces of elastic (I cut mine 17 cm). You’re going to use these pieces to secure the body of the taco onto your pet, under their body and directly behind the front legs and in front of the hind legs. Cut hook and loop velcro to half the length of the elastic. You’ll need two pieces of hook and two of the loop. These need to be stitched onto your elastic and then the hook and loop needs to be “kissed” together to form two sections of two elastics meeting. Stitch each of the free ends into place at the bottom of the taco shell pieces, using measurements from the inside diastase of your pets’ front and hind legs.
Meat: cut one sheet of brown felt in half length ways. Round off all of the edges (remove the points) and make random short (around 1-2cm) stitches 3-4 cm from the edges, then pull the thread tight to make the edges wavy
Cheese: cut strips lengthways from the yellow sheet of felt approximately 2 cm in width and then cut them into pieces approximately 5 cm in length to resemble grated cheese
Tomatoes: cut large circles from the sheet of red felt and then “slice” your tomatoes into halves. I used 5 x circles for mine.
Lettuce: freely cut wavy lines into your sheets of green felt in varying sizes. Make random short (around 1-2cm) stitches 3-4 cm from the edges, then pull the thread tight to make the edges wavy. I made 11 pieces of lettuce for my taco.
Attach your meat filling to one end of the the brown “saddle” piece which connects the two taco sides using either hot glue or a needle and thread. The end with the ruffled meat pieces will become the back end of the costume. Fold each lettuce leaf in half and attach them around the inner curved edge of each taco shell side. Then add additional lettuce pieces into the centre “saddle” piece of meat to fill in the gaps inside the taco. You can cover any visible freehand stitches in the lettuce pieces by attaching piece of cheese as well as slices of tomato over the top in the same method (either by stitching or gluing them down).
Let’s taco bout how much fun this was! If you make this costume, we’d love to see a photo in the comments below. If you have a suggestion for our next tutorial or DIY, you can also add that in the comments.