My Bostons have been through a couple training courses and I noticed the first time around, that there were only 2 caps for the entire class to share and they were ugly. No offense, PetsMart. Hahah. So, I decided to bring my own for their next graduation, that way I get to keep the caps, they can be used in their photos and they will match their dresses for their big day. It was a fun project and it worked out really well.
You can make caps or hats like this, with felt, for practically anything. :) Please post pics if you do!!
Felt (may need to buy some extra sheets for bigger dogs)
-I used stiff glitter felt from Michaels
Hot Glue, Glue Gun
Thin ribbon or a tassel
A Bow, not needed, lol.
Elastic to match your dog's head, I used black.
Cardboard, recycled from something, to support the top of the cap
Step 1: Sizing
First thing I did - I made a long strip and cut it out from the felt, I took it over to my dog and made a ring out of it. I held it over the crown of her head to see what size would lay nicely and not feel awkward for her. Once you have the right ring size, take it back to your table and hot glue it shut.
Check the height. If the ring is too tall, just trim it down evenly, you don't want a tall cap, you want it to be tall enough to be above the head, but not dorky-tall.
Next, lay your ring down onto the big piece of felt and trace your square. Cut it out and use it as a template to make one more. Then, put your flat cardboard support of some type - between the two shapes and hot glue the four edges. Don't glue the cardboard, it will be ugly. Now, you should have a flat and sturdy top!
From that point, figure out how long you want your tassel to be and cut it to size, measuring from the middle, top of the cap. If you're using ribbon for braiding it - make sure you make it a lil longer because the braiding will lessen the length.