For this Halloween I decided to make our own costumes for our dogs (okay I’ll be honest, Target’s pet section was sold out the night before Halloween).
I thought it would be fitting, considering our recent move to Lexington, to dress them as racehorses this year. The dogs might not be super thrilled, but the costumes came out really cute and got tons of comments and pictures taken!
To make your own racehorse, head to your nearest Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or other craft store. You will need to purchase:
– 1 yard of white jersey fabric
– Black fabric paint (I used Tulip brand)
– Sponge brushes for painting the fabric
– Thick black yarn
– Red flower garland
Alternatively you could buy small roses and string them together, it was cheaper and easier for me to just buy a small garland.
I used vet wrap from my vet truck to wrap the dogs’ legs. You can use fabric or ribbon, or leave this part out completely.
I put the jersey fabric on top of a trash bag to protect my table (the paint WILL bleed through) and sketched a saddle with stirrups and a number on each side using the paint and sponge brushes. Then I carefully laid the fabric over the dog kennels to dry (so the fabric could air dry on both sides).
I let the fabric dry overnight, but it really should have been dry within a few hours.
Next I cut small holes inside the stirrups and in the front edge of the fabric and tied one piece of yarn through the holes in the stirrups and under their bellies. I tied a second piece of yarn around their chests and through the holes in the front edges of the fabric to keep the “saddles” from slipping back.
I doubled the garlands up to make them wider, and knotted them under the dogs’ necks. I also made tiny bridles with yarn by wrapping it over their noses and then tying it behind their ears.
Voila! Racehorse costume for under $20! Enjoy! :)