Instructables
Picture of Lion Dog Costume
liondog2.jpg
Tucker had always dreamed of being a lion.  He imagined languid days on the Serengeti, punctuated with thrilling hunts, watching the lionesses chase down wild antelope, and then moving in for his share.  When he thought about it enough, he could even feel the hot, dry wind blowing through his luxurious mane.

While Tucker may never be a lion (and we don't need to let him know lions are cats, after all), at least part of his dream could be fulfilled. He could dominate his pack of friends with the most glorious mane of them all.

And this is how Tucker got his mane.  
 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Get measurements

Picture of Get measurements
Tucker1.jpg
Tucker4.jpg
Tucker2.jpg
Tucker3.jpg
Tucker6.jpg
Since Tucker (a 3-yr-old Golden Retriever)  lives in NYC and I live in SF, we had to rely on email and texting for all communication.  Fortunately, Tucker's people are very savvy and were able to send me great photos of him getting his measurements taken.  You can tell how much he'd been dreaming of that mane by how very patient and well behaved he was during his measurements. 

From these, I was able to construct a mock Tucker head out of paper and tape. 

Step 2: Making the base

Picture of Making the base
fit.jpg
hood.jpg
Once I had a suitable Tucker head model based on his measurements, I could go to town figuring out how this thing was going to work.

I draped a soft lycra piece around the head and collar to use as the foundation for the fur.  The collar piece closed on the side with strips of velcro.

Then I was able to play around with the fur until I could get it to look like what I wanted.
1-40 of 85Next »

Where did you find the fur? I'm having a heck of a time finding the right stuff in the right color. And I only have till Sunday to finish! Eeek!

basketpam15 days ago

You should contact the website Craftsy, which has instructors teach ALL sorts of lessons from Cake Decorating, Sewing, Woodwork, Photography and much more. You SHOULD contact them and see if they would take you on as an instructor in the sewing section to teach this. I bet they would. They are constantly adding new things and this is the perfect time of the year. If you do, please let me know. Thanks!

abbey.mac.7 made it!18 days ago

I saw your amazing lion's mane after I had ordered a cheapo one online. When it came (and it was pretty lame) I used your ideas to augment it, adding extra layers of pleated craft-fur. It turned out pretty well--not quite as nice as yours. Next time I will start from scratch. Thanks for the great idea!

Dolly Lion 2014.jpgDolly lion on the run 2014.jpegDolly the lion 2014.jpeg
szq103125 days ago

How much fabric did you purchase for this?

This made my day, great job

Saw this just in time for Halloween. Turning my aunts dog into a lion now. This is awesome!!
RushNafikov29 days ago

Very cute !!

He is adoorable.

saskfire1 month ago
best thing ive seen all day.!
smolkster1 month ago

Not fair, your dog would win every costume contest. And if you said it was my friend dressed as a dog in a lion costume...you could bring him to the bar.

tenchman1 month ago
Awesome make . looks really kool

awesome

catlily1 month ago
Cool! tucker is SOOOO cute! I made a loin mane for my cat. Twinzes!
BLR_RAVI1 month ago
love it..its so new refreshing idea..very well made...literally you transformed a dog to a lion..
gjulia32694 months ago
Awwwww so cute
Jackiebain7 months ago
Awesome! I have a toy chihuahua I'm going to make this for- will post an update...
Creativeman9 months ago

Just found this scooch, it's great! I don't get notices of new projects of authors I follow???? Did that policy change or is it on my end?

That's ace and the dogs adorable :-) :-p
pandyboohoo10 months ago
Soo funny it made the app example in the app store
rsevacko1 year ago
I'd like to know if you could glue the fur
aimeee1 year ago
This is pure awesome. I must try this for precious puggle Charlie
scoochmaroo (author)  aimeee1 year ago
I can't wait to see it!
RedGuff1 year ago
L.O.
It's so fun that I want to become a dog, in order to be disguised as a lion!
hi!! I was wondering where you got the faux fur! I'm looking EVERYWHERE and I cant seem to find it. please let me know!
I actually got some of the fur for my dog and the local Goodwill, but Walmart has 'fur' throw pieces that you can use to cut up. Works well, and the author of this is amazing.
lolson11 year ago
Wonderful job, you are amazing!!
hammer98761 year ago
Executed well. Documented well. Absolutely adorable.

Congratulations on being part of the 31 Days of Halloween.

Waiting for you to figure out how to do the lion tail.
bwolfe08261 year ago
How did you sew on the front piece to hide the stitching? Did you use your machine to sew on all strips? I am afraid it would get harder as you get to the top! Did this stay on the dog well? Thank you
beme20131 year ago
That's so adorable!
Haha agh I hate people who are so savvy with sewing and making such cool stuff
Holy sh*t my dogs a lion
martinroca1 year ago
Fantastic!
This is hilarious. I mean that in a good way ;) The first picture is too funny.
This is just to AWESOME!!! Wonder if I can make one for my cat (((wink wink)))
stefanya891 year ago
I have a 3.5 year golden retriever too, THE best dogs! This is so cute & hes about the same size, do you make these & would you ship to Australia?? :)))
where can i order one of these from i want one for my dog!
Ur doggie is soooo cute????
scoochmaroo (author)  AndrewryanSears1 year ago
If that's a question, the answer is yes!
breal4ever1 year ago
This is soooo cool :) I have a boxer and would to see him wear this..U my dear have Skillz!
meismeems1 year ago
That is ADORABLE!!
1-40 of 85Next »