It’s almost officially FALL so I’m getting a jump on our character parade costume for school! This year’s DIY Dogman Costume is one of my favorites and super easy to make.
Do you love DIY costumes but hate sewing as much as I do? If so, this costume is perfect for you.
If you have a little one who loves Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, this DIY costume is sure to be a hit. There’s absolutely no sewing necessary, it’s inexpensive to make, and it’s perfect for our 95° Florida Fall weather!
This year my 8-year-old son is really into Dav Pilke’s comic book-style books Dogman, Captain Underpants, and Cat Kid. He reads them over and over just like his favorite movies. Since he’s at a stage where reading is so valuable to his development, we really encourage him to read- even if it’s the same books over and over because reading is reading! If you haven’t seen these fun, crime crime-fighting, silly kids novels you can find them in box sets on Amazon and I’ve linked them at the bottom of this post.
Check out this post on how to make your own DIY Dog Man Costume.
DIY Dog Man Costume
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Materials Needed for DIY Dog Man Costume:
1. Blue Hat
This is a standard-size, adjustable snapback hat. It’s NOT kid’s size. If you need a kid’s/youth-size hat try this one instead.
This kid’s t-shirt is affordable, soft, and in my opinion, fits better than Gildan brand shirts. If you can’t find your size in this one, try the Gildan brand.
This package of felt comes in handy for all types of DIY costumes and crafts. I highly recommend this pack, rather than trying to find the right colors at the last minute.
This puppy kit is key for the entire costume. I didn’t end up using the tail but you can attach it to your kid’s pants or shorts if you’d like. In the past, I’ve attached tails with a safety pin and never had an issue. I know some parents may be wary of using a sharp pin near the skin so if this worries you and you really want the tail- hand stitch it on. If you try hot gluing it, just know that you may ruin your kid’s pants when you try and remove the tail later.
Removal Tip- I have removed hot glued on items from clothes using a hair dryer- sometimes it works great and leaves no residue. Other times, there’s a small residual amount of glue left on the clothing item.
Fabric scissors work best when cutting felt. I’ve made a lot of DIY costumes and T-shirts over the years and sometimes I try and use regular scissors and they never cut through quite as well as fabric scissors. I recommend these ones- the price is great and they last a while.
6.Hot Glue Gun or Fabric Glue
I used hot glue to apply all the felt pieces instead of sewing them on. You can also use fabric glue, however, I find that using hot glue dries much faster.
Use a black permanent marker to outline the shape to look more pronounced. This step is necessary but I like the way it looks.
DIY Dog Man Costume Tutorial:
- Cut a rectangle piece of blue felt 4.5″ wide by 3.25″ tall. This will be for the front of the hat. Draw and cut out a crown symbol from the yellow felt. The crown for the hat should be about 3.5″ wide by 3″ tall. If you’re not good at drawing freehand right onto the felt, then draw the crown symbol on a piece of paper first.
- Glue the yellow crown symbol to the blue felt and then glue the blue felt to the hat.
- Cut the dog ears away from the headband wire.
- Hot glue or pin ears to the inside of the hat.
- Cut 4-5 strips of black felt .5″ wide by 2″ long. Glue each felt strip around the shirt collar, folding .5″ of the strip over the collar and inside the shirt.
If you’re looking for something simple to make, then this is a great costume for boys and girls who love Dogman!
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Hi! I’m Meagan I just turned 40! I’ve been married for 14 years. I’m a proud boy mom, happily navigating my way through the little boy years. I met my husband over 20 years ago in high school; we got married 10 years later after graduating from the University of South Florida. I currently help run a family business with my parents while blogging about my life and love of DIY projects!
When I’m not at a kids sports game, I enjoy spending time with my family on a beach anywhere. I also love decorating and organizing, fun DIY projects, bargain shopping, and eating out or in! I also love Barbecue anything and a good show or movie on Netflix.