DIY “Thank You” Pet Halloween Costume

September is the time to start thinking about Halloween costumes – even for our pets.

This is Tucker, my adorably snuggly, and extremely shaggy Cocker Spaniel. He’s never been cooperative when it came to wearing a Halloween costume, so his costume has to be simple. He would much rather have the freedom to charge around the house in monster fashion, barking and growling each time the doorbell rang. The “Thank You” tag is similar to the ones you see on the adorable stuffed animals my granddaughter loves so much–and the perfect “costume” for Tucker.

Skill Level for this project: Beginner
Time to complete: 2 hours

You will need:
• Kunin® Friendly Felt 9” x 12” – Red & White
• Cricut® Maker™ with Rotary blade
• Pink fabric mat
• Tacky glue
• Needle and red thread, or embroidery floss

Instructions:
1. Upload the tag artwork to Cricut Design Space, or create your own. It’s a simple heart with letters in the Comic Sans font. I added T & Y for Thank You, but you can add initials, a fancy monogram, or simply a star.

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2. When the design is uploaded, select ‘Simple Shape.’

3. Delete the areas around the heart and the letters.

4. Save as a ‘Cut File’.

5. Upload the design one more time into CDS, but this time do not delete the letters, only the area around the edge of the heart. Both designs will now be in CDS.

6. Upload both designs onto your canvas. Size the heart with the letters to a width of 3” and the second heart to 3 ¼”. I added a tiny star using the “shapes” feature on the left side of the canvas. “Attach” the images, then copy and paste a second set below the 4” line on the canvas. “Select all” and “Attach” once more.

7. Cut a 4” x 12” piece of red felt and place it at the top of the mat. With edges touching, place a 4” x 12” piece of white felt on the mat below the red. Cut using the rotary blade with the materials setting for Felt, Acrylic Fabric and More pressure.

8. After cutting, remove excess felt from around the shapes.

9. Remove the red letters from the red heart then place the letters from the white heart into the openings in the red heart.

10. Glue the red heart onto the white heart. Let dry thoroughly then attach to the collar.

Tucker passed away recently. He was my BFF (Best Furry Friend) for almost 16 years, so in truth, this is more of a “Thank You for being my friend” pocket tag rather a costume. So, before gluing the red heart on top of the white one, I stitched the plain white heart and the plain red one together using a blanket stitch. I only stitched the edge of the white heart along the top so there would be an opening for his original metal name tag.

You can now find an expanded color line of Kunin® Classicfelt; Kunin® Premiumfelt and Corduroy non-wovens fabrics in cut by the yard at your local Walmart; please inquire as to what is available in your area.

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