As Halloween quickly approaches, I thought I would give you a look at my dog's handmade pirate costume this year. This costume is inspired by Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Carribean.
Ok, my total dork confession. I love taking photos of my dog. As some of you may know, my pup Rocket has an Instagram account. Yes, I'm one of those people. Rocket has such a laid-back personality, as long as treats are involved he happily poses for the camera.
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Before you check out the photos, have a peek at this video of Rocket in his costume. I convinced my husband to get involved and we put together this fun (and totally cheesy) “movie”. I have to wonder what goes through Rocket's mind when I do this stuff to him. He puts up with so much and I appreciate him letting me be such a goof!
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The majority of his costume is hand-made with the exception of the hat and wig. I purchased that from Target for $4.99 and then added my own beads. The rest of the material is scrap fabric that was lying around the house.
I used an old pillowcase for the base of the outfit and a dog sweater for my pattern. Then, I cut out a piece of square fabric and glued the vest and belt onto it. I put velcro on the back to make it stick to the main part of the costume.
I wrapped a piece of fabric around his waist for the belt and added a piece of white material to create the sash. The entire costume took me about 2 hours to make.
Of course, no pirate is complete without his treasure so I bought chocolate covered coins from the store and this little wooden crate for $3.00.
Total Cost: $12.00
If you are into DIY, I highly recommend rummaging through your house to use leftover fabric, old shirts, pillowcases, etc. to save money.
What is your dog being for Halloween this year? Let me know in the comments below!