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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Happy Howl-o-ween ~ Dog Costume

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Oct 15, 2015 3:13:55 PM

Happy Howl-o-ween ~ Dog Costume
We put a lot of thought, time and effort making creative and unique Halloween costumes for ourselves and our children. But don’t forget your four-legged friends. Cats and dogs also like to be center-stage when the festivities start.

Penny is an adorable Shih Tzu. Like most dogs, she loves attention. She’s also a Packer fan. So when it came time to deciding what sort of costume she should wear, green and gold immediately came to mind. But I didn’t want to just put a jersey on her. She’s a little glamorous and a bit of a diva. So she’s the official Packer Queen Bee.

I bought a child’s striped Rugby shirt ($2.99) and a crochet scarf ($.99) in green and gold at Goodwill. A knit shirt works best. It doesn’t unravel, so it won’t need hemming.

I took Penny’s measurements around her belly

(15 in.) and from neck to tail (14 in.). Then I cut an 8x16-in. section of the shirt. The extra inch is for overlap.

I attached stick-on Velcro to the sides.

I cut up the scarf and sewed the pieces to the shirt to create a ruffle. I hand-stitched the sections, but you can use a sewing machine or glue.

I found fairy wings in the Halloween department at Goodwill, but they weren’t quite “gold” enough, so a little spray paint solved that problem. I tied it around Penny’s belly using the elastic straps that came with it.

Every bee needs antennae. So, I twisted green chenille stems around a pencil to get the curl. Then I attached gold balls or pompoms to an end with hot glue.

Putting the antennae to your dog will depend on how long its hair is. Penny’s hair is too short for a clip so I wrapped the chenille stems to a stretch headband and tied that around her head.

She was such a good sport. She sat still while I took lots of pictures. She may never wear the antennae head band again, but I know she’ll be dressed and ready for Sunday’s Packer game and for trick-or-treaters!

Topics: Halloween costumes, Merri Cvetan, Goodwill home interior expert Merri Cvetan

  • Halloween Dog Costume

    Penny is an adorable Shih Tzu. Like most dogs, she loves attention. She’s also a Packer fan. So when it came time to deciding what sort of costume she should wear, green and gold immediately came to mind. So she’s the official Packer Queen Bee.

  • Halloween Dog Costume

    I bought a child’s striped Rugby shirt ($2.99) and a crochet scarf ($.99) in green and gold at Goodwill. A knit shirt works best. It doesn’t unravel, so it won’t need hemming.

  • Halloween Dog Costume

    I took Penny’s measurements around her belly (15 in.) and from neck to tail (14 in.). Then I cut an 8x16-in. section of the shirt. The extra inch is for overlap. I attached stick-on Velcro to the sides.

  • Halloween Dog Costume
    I cut up the scarf and sewed the pieces to the shirt to create a ruffle. I hand-stitched the sections, but you can use a sewing machine or glue.
  • Halloween Dog Costume

    I found fairy wings in the Halloween department at Goodwill, but they weren’t quite “gold” enough, so a little spray paint solved that problem. I tied it around Penny’s belly using the elastic straps that came with it.

  • Halloween Dog Costume

    Every bee needs antennae. So, I twisted green chenille stems around a pencil to get the curl. Then I attached gold balls or pompoms to an end with hot glue.