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CatDog Puppy or Cat Costume

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Since I don't have any children yet, my puppy is my child.  His least favorite time of year is Halloween because it is my favorite time of year.  I am always looking for costume ideas for him.  This year, I decided to make him CatDog from the Nickelodeon cartoon.

Materials for a small dog:
2 - 4 sheets newspaper (for pattern)
1 YD yellow felt - this will be more then enough for a small dog and will leave extra in case your measurements are off
1 6X6 inch red felt
2 pipe cleaners
stuffing
sewing machine or hot glue
 
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Step 1: Make the pattern

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To make the top side of the costume:
Measure the length of the animal from the neck to the tail end.
Measure the width of the animal by the neck from halfway on the side and by the tail end from halfway on the side.
Start by making this rectangle on your pattern paper.  
Measure from each leg to where the neck starts and mark this number minus about 1/2 to 1 inch on the rectangle for each leg.
Make a half circle to form the neck.
Measure from the neck to the front leg the length and mark this on the rectangle.
Make a slightly slanted line from the end of the collar to the leg spot.
Measure the length of the shoulders on each side so that you can see how close the the tail end they are.
Mark this on the rectangle and make a half circle to connect the slanted line to the second mark.
Cut this shape out.

To make the underside of the costume:
This is almost the same as the top side except:
Measure the length of the anmal from the underside of the neck to a few inches before the privates so that it doesn't get wet from pee pee breaks.
Cut this shape out.

***These two pieces should have their half circles for the legs and neck meet up.  The difference is the backside should be shorter then the front side.***

The face:
Since I have a puppy I made a cat shape which was an oblong rectangle with the top as two small triangles for the ears.  I haven't tried making the dog side's head.
The head should be about a half inch bigger then the animals head to allow for a seam allowance and make it believable as a second head.
Cut this shape out.
zazenergy2 years ago
Oh my gosh, this is so adorable! Any chance we can get that a video of your dog in it?
blossom9283 (author)  zazenergy2 years ago
I will try to see if he will cooperate
blossom9283 (author)  blossom92832 years ago
its a no go on the cooperation..i left the costume on the couch and he got it and chewed the head so now I have to fix it before halloween :(
adamazing2 years ago
Hilarious! I recorded a couple of episodes last week and made my wife watch them with me last night...then this pops up! Awesome! Not sure my cat will go for it though...
Flintlock2 years ago
Nostalgia is great. I remember watching this when I was growing up.

I'll have to make a dog version for my cat!
blossom9283 (author)  Flintlock2 years ago
:) Good Luck the dogs head looks like an odd shape. I used to love Catdog. You can add a hood to the top for your animals side so he/she is yellow if you wanted, but I know my puppy would go crazy, so I let him slide (there).
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