Jersey Belle, my Boston Terrier, is named after a cow, due to her coloration. :) So I thought it would be appropriate to finally dress her as one! Plus, she loves chicken, so it has to be fate.
Step 1: Needs
Pink fabric for the udders.
Khaki fabric for the hooves.
White fabric for the tail.
Black fabric for the tail hair.
A cow bell.
Poster board or foam core board.
A $1 cow nose from Party City.
Sharpie, black paint.
Step 2: Udders.
I used a pink fabric that was part of a child's halloween costume that I got at the thrift store.
Cut out a piece that you think will be the right size...gland...for your pet. Then kinda free-hand it and sew it like I did. (Just make sure to sew right sides together, so you can turn it out, and have the seam on the inside.) I had no plan, I just made things up as a I went hahah. (I also stuffed a little cotton in there.) Once you have that done, take the seam of the fabric, cut pieces of that for the nipples, sew them on for best visibility. Then Add the elastic, make sure it will fit first.
Tip - my dog has random spots, so I put the udders on her, then I marked with a sharpie where she was black, so I could color that. The idea was good, but I don't know if I put it on backwards or what...didn't quite match up, lol.
Step 3: Nose.
Try on the nose, and check for a comfortable fit. Her nose was perfect!!! I didn't have to tighten it, or extend it...I just let the elastic kinda tuck on her collar and let her own nose, support the cow nose!
I used a sharpie to color the elastic black, so it blends in with her head. :)
Step 4: Tail and Hooves, Plus Bell.
I had this pair of khaki shorts that we got for free on craigslist, and they were perfect for this project. (A number of months ago, I cut out a pocket and used it for a hanging ferret bed, so the shorts were already...scraggly lol.)
I cut parts of the waist band for wrapping around her foot. I wrapped it until it almost met at the ends. Then I cut a piece of elastic that was a little longer, as you will see in the photos...then I sewed that onto the :hoof:, then sewed the elastic ends together. It was the perfect amount of elasticity to keep them on her foot, almost like bracelets. SO perfect. If you wanted to get into it, you could take the finished ones outside and spray paint them for uniformity. But .. I thought it was fine lol.
For the tail, I chopped off a black piece from my husband's old shirt. And for the white part, I took some pocket-liner from the khaki shorts. Just make sure it will be long enough for your..cow-dog. Kinda fold up the white fabric around the black part and sew up the tail, as well as the black piece. Once it was all sewn together, I took scissors and clipped up the black part to look like hairs. Now that the tail is done, take the tip/end without the hair, loop it into/around the elastic band for the udders and sew it up. (Tail to tail, only.) That way it is hooped onto the elastic and you can adjust it or move it as needed for fit.
For the bell...I just lucked out and found it at a thrift store for 95 cents. It was blue, so I spray painted it. Maybe try ebay. :)
Step 5: The Sign. (finishing Touch!)
I had some foam core in my craft room, so I just cut that up! I poked 2 holes in each piece after painting them.
I had to look on google for inspiration and the font style. Then I used a sharpie to write it out. Went over it in black acrylic paint - but you don't have to. :)
Since the ropes use knots to hold the sign in place, I did the same idea with strips of the khaki shorts, the knots were SUPER loose, but the sign is so light, that there was no pull. So it was a great match-up.
When you tie your knots, make sure that the signs have enough gravity, so they hang on the sides of your pet, like a saddle of some sort. That makes the perfect hold.
Oh, and I just got a white scrap and tied the bell to her collar. :)
Then you're done! Enjoy!!
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