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Since Halloween is just around the corner, I wanted to make a costume for Jersey, and not just *any* costume either. So here's a sample of my creative efforts. I'll be adding more costumes all this month on my blog, Bloggie Stylish. I've entered this costume into the Halloween contest so please vote for me if you like this 'ible. I *want* that sewing machine!!!

Just a quick note! This isn't a costume for a fearful dog. I had a balloon accidentally pop when I was fitting the costume. I know that Jersey doesn't look to thrilled in the pics, but she doesn't like doing anything that's not her idea. She's used to wearing clothes & hearing loud noises. Before you take your dog out in a public place, practice wearing the costume & walking around with it on. That way, the both of you will have a fun Halloween night!

Step 1: Tools and Supplies You Will Need

The supplies for this costume are pretty cheap. You'll need some cheap purple broadcloth, purple balloons, some green felt, velcro, needle and thread, zip ties, a flexible measuring tape, a marking pen, scissors and a some sort of string.

I already had the zip ties & velcro, but I got all the other supplies at "malmart" and a dollar store for about $5.00. If you had to buy the rest of the supplies, this costume would easliy cost you under $10.00, which is way cheaper that buying one.

Step 2: Measuring Your Dog

You'll need to take two measurements. One from the begining of the shoulder blades to the begining of the rump and one from the middle of the spine to the bottom of the chest.

Step 3: Cutting the Broadcloth Into a Coat

Making the coat isn't an exact science and it doesn't have to be perfect. It just needs to fit *okay* and serve as a place to attach to balloons. Cut a semi-circle neck hole out of the top right corner of the folded cloth. Now take your back measurement and measure along the top of the folded cloth and make a mark. From the top of the folded cloth, take your side measurement and make a mark. Now cut the cloth.

Step 4: Shaping the Coat

Put the coat on your dog and close the front so that the two ends overlap. Take a marking pen and make a mark where the two ends overlap.

Step 5: Adding the Velcro Closure

Place the velcro on the coat to the left of the mark that you have made and sew it down with a needle and thread. On the UNDERSIDE of the other panel of the coat, place and sew down the other piece of velcro.

Step 6: Marking the Position of the Balloons

Around the neck hole is the most important place for balloon placement. you want it to look even and not have any empty spaces. Place a blown up balloon where you want it & make a mark with the marking pen. I used three balloons on either side of the neck holes.

Step 7: Cutting the Holes for the Zip Ties & Adding Balloons

Where your black marks are, cut two little holes for the zip ties to fit through. Make sure to have the locking part of the zip tie on the outside of the coat. Now put the zip tie together and slip the tied end of a balloon through. Make sure that the zip tie locks above the balloon knot so that the balloons will stay in place. Once you are done with the neck hole, just eyeball the placement of the other balloons.

Step 8: Making the Grape Leaves

Draw outlines of a leaf on each of the pieces of felt and cut them out. Place them together in whatever arrangement that you want and pierce all three pieces with two holes, we're going to be using more zip ties in the next step.

Step 9: Putting the Grape Leaves Together

Run a zip tie through the three leaves and flip the leaf cluster over to the back side. Cut a piece of string that will be long enough to tie around your dog's neck comfortably. Place the cord under the zip tie & fasten closed.
<p>I have never seen anythng like it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p><p>I will make this next holloween</p>
<p>I could not think of a holloween costume and this is the best idea!:)</p>
<p>cute^.^</p>
I love the idea
Its a shame I didn't make this for Halloween for my dog - for some reason it is always after the holiday that I find the best ideas.
i'd hate to be a dog stuffed in blonse aswell, but I don't know what blonse are
So, what if you fill those with helium? Dog lite?
If I want to make wine of it, do I have to crush the entire grape?
is there a way not to use balloons my dog would pop them <br> <br>
here's ide about the hot dog.
The &quot;bun&quot; is 2 inches thick and a couple inches shorter then the length. There is 2 inch padding connecting the buns, (depending on how wide the dog) is make the height so the dog can move comftably. If you want you can make ketchup and mustard strips out of 2 inches of thick cardboard.
what if the balloons pop!
This is a unsual idea will it work on humans
I've made a full grape costume for a little girl. It's the same concept- just use a leotard instead of the coat and put purple balloons all over it instead!
Lol, eating WAL-MART cheap bulk buy dog food $10 is torture. I hope mydog likes this. She likes wearing clothes and such
Ahh! I don't even want to imagine what they put in that food.
Ooh! Do I spy a Vizsla?
its kind of like lady gaga's champagne bubbles!
ha ha funny was thnkin uff that 2
that is soo cute.
after looking at all the dog costumes, i have come to the conclusion that your dog is the coolest little pup ever. so calm. I can only imagine the endless self chasing if I tried to attach balloons to my dog
Your costume ideas are original! <br />
&nbsp;cute send me a message
You could probably make either a banana or a hot dog costume.
<p>banana, not that's an idea! stay tunes for next halloween!</p>
Plus it might not startle Jersey.
<p>Make a purple cone around the collar to prevent the dog from choking on the balloons.</p>
i don't have a kid, but if i did, sure, why not?
say r u sure that my dog won't just float to space.
This is great!!&nbsp; everyone sounds concerned for the dog...but it looks like he/she doesn't mind...I have a dog that looks sad all the time and the most excitement he ever shows is a gentle wagging of his tail no matter what,&nbsp; as far as safety, I'm sure your smarter then the guy that said balloons and dogs don't mix and would know if your&nbsp; dog was in trouble.&nbsp; I often wonder just how many dogs and babies actually choke on balloons anyhow, I never see it in the headline news.&nbsp; Anyhow great costume and keep up the good work!<br />
thanx, she did have a fun time!
I'm curious... <br /> Would you put your baby in this costume? <br /> Jersey looks as if she would like a say in this... a nae say.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br />
OMG&nbsp;my first grapes then corn then a fish WHAT&nbsp;next a squid? LOL
Hahahaha, my dad went as a bunch of grapes in the early 80s. The dog looks much better as grapes. ;) <br />
LOL, My wife was a bunch of grapes herself one year when she was a child.<br /> <br /> I love this.<br />
Pictures!<br />
Hahaha, my dad did too!&nbsp;I agree though the dog looks better as grapes :D<br /><br />Great instructable!<br />
I'm not sure about doing this to your poor dog, but I did this for mydaughter about 11 years ago.&nbsp; <br /><br />Got her a purple sweatsuit to pin the balloons on, then found a pair ofdark green tights and used those for a &quot;skull-cap&quot; type ofthing and added some dark green pipe cleaners for the tendrils, andadded some dark and medium green leaves made out of felt sheets.&nbsp;She won a costume contest, so it went pretty well.&nbsp; It was kind ofhard for her to put her hands down, though.
Sounds cute!&nbsp; If you still have pictures you could put up a slideshow.<br />
I love vizslas soooo much! I have a nine month old boy vizsla pup named Jasper. I suppose no costume would work on him considering he will either eat it or be deathly aftraid of it!<br />
im putting helium in mine so my dog can fly o 3o hehe. but this is aserious question. does anyone know they physics to tell me how manyballoons filled with helium it would take to life a small jack russle(ps mine is fat LOL)<br />
If its over 30 kg you need a fair 200 if under 100 should do fine. Imdressing my dog as the house in up. She seems to like the clothing,helium ballns 80 of them for my dog,a&nbsp;and she kinda jump-walsks.
I have a deaf dog that would put up with this....after popping all the balloons!<br />
My dog will bithe the ballons, bad dea<br />
&nbsp;the only thing is that, my dog is afraid of balloons. whenever shesees one, she runs as far away from it as she can.<br /><br />Do you know a way to prevent your dog from being scared? if you do, youshould make it an instructable.<br /><br />btw, great idea for a costume!
my dog is afraid of balloons, like if you have a balloon he will run and hide from it! lol
I know what the dog is thinking &quot;Why Me!!!&quot;<br />But it is original though.
yeah, i'm sure that jersey was thinking exactly that. she wasn't the most willing participant!
That is so cute, what a great costume!<br />
Very nice looking.&nbsp;I would make this for my dog, however he'd eat every last balloon. lol.<br />

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