Thursday, October 4, 2012

Wolf Pup Costume Tutorial!

I can't believe I never posted these pictures of Abe in his Halloween costume last year. He really was an adorable wolf pup, and he LOVED his costume, especially the little black nose. 

And yes, it's taken me an entire year to get this tutorial up. Sorry to those of you who have been waiting! I'm not very good at writing patterns (or reading them for that matter), so feel free to ask if I seem to have left something out or the directions just don't make sense. 

As I mentioned in my original post, Abe was actually dressed as Ghost, Jon Snow's direwolf in Game of Thrones, so of course we had to put the Stark motto "Winter is Coming" on his candy bucket!

This costume could be adapted for any number of animals though (cat, dog, bunny, bear, sasquatch...); just adjust the color of the fur and shape of the ears and tail to match. 

Anyways, on to the pattern/tutorial! (You can download it here.) 

You'll need: 
  • 1-2 yards furry fabric (I used less than 1 yard for a 12-18 month sized costume)
  • matching thread
  • 18 inches 1/4" elastic (for the hood)
  • 2-3 feet 1" elastic (for the waistband)

I used a pair of Abe's pants and a hoodie as my pattern pieces. (Follow this tutorial for making a pattern for the pants.) For the hoodie, lay a sweatshirt or hoodie that currently fits your child on top of your fabric and cut around the bodice as shown to create the front and back pattern pieces. You'll need two of these pieces.

Line up the top edge of the sleeves with a folded edge of your fabric, and cut around the sleeve leaving the folded edge uncut. Make sure to cut out 2 sleeves.

Fold the hood in half and cut all the way around it. You'll need two pieces for the hood as well. Cut out the 4 ear pieces and 2 tail pieces included in the pattern, and follow the instructions in the pattern on how to assemble the costume. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or problems! Like I said, I'm not a pattern writer so my directions might not make sense to anyone besides myself.


  1. Well done! This is a perfect little Halloween costume, thank you for taking the time to share your pattern!

  2. Will be using this next year. So cute!

  3. Your costume looks so snuggly!! Love Game of Thrones and LOVE your idea!!

    We featured your costume in a round up of DIY Halloween costumes with tutorials. We would love for you to come check it out!

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. CUTE-AS-CAN-BE costume for a toddler on Halloween! FAB & clever idea to change the color of fabric and change the type & size of ears and tail, too . . . for a different animal. Costume is "snuggly" as Alicia mentioned. THANKS for sharing. Wish I had a toddler to sew this costume for. You're an inspiration for numerous MOMS to sew. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis