How To Make A Pilgrim Costume For Your Dog

Look who came over on the Mayflower!

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This pilgrim costume for dogs will have your canine buddy ready for both Halloween and Thanksgiving photo-ops. It features a black shirt with white collar, cuffs, a buckled belt, and even a pilgrim hat to complete the outfit. And you’ll be thankful for how easy this costume is to make.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Black infant t-shirt

  • White felt

  • Pen

  • Scissors

  • Hot glue gun

  • Small paper cup

  • Black felt

  • Yellow or orange felt

  • White elastic cord

  • Hook and loop fastener

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Step 1: Draw the Collar

A black infant t-shirt is the foundation of the costume. For my dog, who is about 14 pounds, I used a t-shirt that was sized 12 months. You can adjust the size of the t-shirt to fit your dog.

To make the wide pilgrim collar, fold a 9-inch by 12-inch piece of white felt in half. Then draw a half-circle at the top that is approximately the size of the t-shirt opening, along with two collar points starting from the top left and right corners. The collar should resemble a large “W.”

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Step 2: Cut Out the Collar

Using scissors, cut along the lines you’ve drawn on the felt. Because the felt has been folded in half, you will get a symmetrical cut when you unfold it. You will then have a left collar and a right collar.

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Step 3: Glue the Collar

Glue the two pieces of the collar around the neck opening of the t-shirt with a hot glue gun. Do not glue the two collar pieces to each other. Keeping the two pieces separate allows the opening of the t-shirt to remain stretchy, making it easier to get your dog’s head through it.

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Step 4: Cut the Cuffs

Cut two pieces of white felt approximately 3 inches by 9 inches each.

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Step 5: Glue the Cuffs

Fold the white cuff pieces around the sleeves of the t-shirt, overlapping about an inch, and hot glue them into place. The pilgrim shirt is now done!

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Step 6: Make the Hat

A small paper cup makes a perfect understructure for the pilgrim hat. Turn the cup upside down, and hot glue a circle of black felt to the top of the hat, allowing the felt to extend down onto the sides.

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Then hot glue black felt around the sides of the cup.

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Step 7: Make the Band of the Hat

Cut and hot glue a 1-inch strip of white felt to fit the widest part of the hat. Cut a 1 ½-inch square of yellow or gold felt with a one-inch square opening, and hot glue it to the white strip to create the buckle.

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Step 8: Make the Brim

Cut a circular piece of black felt that is about an inch wider than the circumference of the hat opening. Then cut a hole in the middle that is a little smaller than the hat opening.

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Hot glue the bottom of the hat to the brim, and we have a pilgrim hat!

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To help keep the hat on your dog’s head, tie a piece of elastic cord to the felt on opposite sides of the hat to create a chin strap.

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Step 9: Finish with the Belt

A belt with a buckle completes the outfit and raises the adorability factor, but it also helps cinch the t-shirt so it’s more tailored to your dog’s body. Measure your dog’s waist, and cut a 3-inch strip of white felt to that measurement, adding an inch or two for added flexibility. Sew some hook-and-loop fastener to the ends of the white strip to allow for easy on and off of the belt.

Tip: If you don’t want to break out the sewing machine, cut a longer piece of felt for the belt so you can just tie the ends together.

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To make the buckle, cut a 4-inch square of yellow or gold felt with a 3-inch square opening, and hot glue it to the center of the belt.

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When you’re ready to dress up your dog, put on the shirt first, and then tie the belt around the waist with the buckle on the back. Finish the costume with the hat, securing it with the chin strap.

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And if you have two dogs, pair the pilgrim costume with a turkey costume and have yourself a Thanksgiving parade.

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