2014 St. Patrick’s Day Dog Outfits

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I have created a list of my favorite St. Patrick’s Day dog outfits.

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This cute t-shirt by Canine Causal that says “Kiss Me I’m Irish!


This green harness is a cute and functional way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


This adorable bandana says “Lucky Charm” and is a great way to celebrate without your dog having to wear a lot of clothes.

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This dog barrette is a cute addition to any dog’s wardrobe.

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Turn your pup into a leprechaun with this adorable costume.

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This cute headband from Old Navy will be sure to get you and your dog in the spirit.

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For those still having cold weather, this shamrock fleece is just perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day dog outfit!

st patricks dayOr if you aren’t into fleece maybe your pup can wear this cute knit shamrock sweater.

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How to Make a Bird Costume for a Dog

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I wanted to make a fun bird costume for Rusty for a while now. I just had no clue how. I decided to make it up as I went a long.

First I scribbled all over a few pieces of paper trying to work out in my head how to do this. I went with a red dyed body, which turned out pink, made of muslin with paint, and fabric pastels to color the face and glued the feathers to the muslin.

Here’s the Pattern for the body. It’s my very first time creating a pattern!  Well all I did was draw  half of the pattern on the fold of the muslin. I didn’t think I could make it exact on both sides. Then I went over it in a dark marker and traced it onto paper. Hopefully it can be easily followed.

Rusty’s measurements for this were:

  • top of the head to base of the tail: 29 inches
  • middle top of head down to mid neck (for head of parrot): 7 inches
  • middle of back down to top of front paw: 17½ inches
  • length I wanted tail feathers that would start as base of tail: 7 inches

I made the head of the bird to sit more on Rusty’s neck instead of on top of his head because he hates wearing clothes but hates it even more to have things on his head, so I decided to be nice.


  • 1 1/3 yards of dyed muslin, 45″ wide or red cotton fabric
  • matching thread
  • fabric dye sticks
  • fabric paint
  • feathers
  • fabric glue, such as Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive or E-6000
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • velcro
  • sewing machine
  • iron and board


1. Wash and press fabric

2.  Cut out pattern, Pin to fabric and cut

3. Cut out 4 ~ 14″L x 2″W strips, length may very depending on size of your dog, these are for the velcro straps to go on their belly.

4.  On 2 of the 4 pieces, plan out and attach velcro according the package directions, I used Fabric Fusion velcro, I ended up using 4 pieces of velcro because my first measurements were a bit off. Guess the saying is true, “measure twice, cut once” or something like that

5. Pin right sides together and sew three sides of the pieces together, (2 long sides and 1 short side). Turn inside out, so velcro is on the outside.

6. Sew the velcro pieces onto the body piece and then try it on your puppy to make sure it fits.

7. Next do a zig zag stitch around the edge of the body piece.

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Velcro and Elastic

8. Cut 2, 1 3/4 inch long pieces of elastic. With a tight zig zag stitch, attach to wing/arms parts of the body piece. You want to place them so they are above where the legs bend so it doesn’t affect how they walk.

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trying it on

9. With Dye Sticks, draw on eyes and follow package directions to set it. Sewing on felt eyes would also be a cute idea, giving the costume more texture.

10.Lay the bird on some cardboard or newspaper and carefully paint on beak.

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eyes and beak

11. While the paint is drying, lay out the feathers on the pattern piece before you attach them to make sure you have enough and to allow you to figure out how you’d like your feathers to be arranged. Take a picture so you remember your pattern.

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12. Next thing I did was put a tiny piece of cardboard between the elastic straps and the fabric just in case my glue bled through the fabric. I then started gluing my feathers onto the fabric starting with the bottom and working my way up. I started a new row by lining up the end of the feathers to the end of the quills so the quills wouldn’t show. I also let the feathers hang over the edge of the fabric. At the top row, I cut off the quill and applied the glue to the base of the feather. Then I let the glue sit over night before trying it on Rusty to make sure adhesion to the fabric.

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starting to glue

– Alternatively, you can sew the feathers on by pinning the rows, starting with the bottom row first like if you were gluing, to the fabric with a piece of tissue paper between the fabric and feathers and tearing away the tissue after they have been sewed on. This is probably the best choice to make sure the feathers don’t fall off but I decided to re-watch Glee season 1 and my sewing machine is not in my living room. 🙂

13. After the glue has dried, try it on and enjoy your adorable bird dog!

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Valentine's day outfit

Top Ten Valentine’s Day Dog Clothes

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Even though Rusty isn’t a fan of clothes, I find dog clothes to be adorable and themed ones are even better. Normally I say “make your own, be creative” but that can’t happen all the time. So if you don’t have time to make a bandana, tutu, or stamp a heart onto a doggy shirt, no big deal!

Here is my ten favorite Valentine’s Day Dog Clothes:

valentine's day clothes Love Letter Collar

The perfect accessory, found on Amazon, for either gender and is for the pup who wants to celebrate Valentine’s Day without being loud about it.







valentine's day dog clothesThe Monkey Daze Heart and Arrow Dog Hoodie.

This adorable hoodie, complete with heart shaped ears, can be found at doggievogue.com and can be worn by both sexes and keep your puppy warm on the cold February mornings.





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Couture Velour Pajamas- Pink/Yellow Hearts

Who doesn’t love comfy PJs? These can be found at poshpuppyboutique.com



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Be Mine Dog Tee


This tee is cute enough to eat! Can be found at Amazon and Jake’s Dog House.







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Hot Pink Tie Tee Shirt by Olivetini 

This is perfect for the doggy man in your life! Simple tee with a hot pink tie and he’s ready for Valentine’s Day. It can be found at yuppypuppyboutique.com.








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Black Tux Bib with Satin Bow Tie


This adorable tux bib and bow tie will keep your perfect gentleman all night. It can be found at  doggyduds.com








Red Sweet Heart Festive Dog Collar


This collar is perfect for your pup to make a grand entrance wherever she goes.








Full of Heart Tutu Dress


This tutu dress by East Side Collection and can be found on Amazon is adorable! Every girl should where a tutu at least once in their life.





Two Hearts Antenna 

This is for your pup with a goofy and heartwarming personality. It’s probably my favorite of the outfits, it can be found at LovADog.







Valentines day dog clothes Valentines Day dog ClothesThe last, and best model 🙂 for my favorite Valentine’s Day outfit is a simple bow tie from my husband’s closet. Rusty looks so handsome and ready for a night on the town.

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How to Make a Lion Mane Dog Costume Version 2

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I made another version of my lion mane dog costume for Rusty because I had bought way too much fake fur and I didn’t know what to do with it. I decided to be a little more adventurous with it this time. I actually used my sewing machine on the fake fur and I sewed fleece. Two things I have never done before. I basically made a doggy ski mask and then sewed layers of pleated fake fur onto it.

I lost all of my pictures of each step :/   But I took some other pictures that will hopefully help out.

Things I used:

How I did it:

1. Take a LOT of measurements the dog’s head and neck. If all else fails drape the fabric around the dog and mark the fabric.

2. Cut a ski mask out of a base material, I choose lycra. I did this in two pieces one to go around the head and one to go around the neck. I then sewed the neck piece to the head piece using a tight zig-zag stitch, since lycra is a bit stretchy. If your fabric snags, try adding tissue paper under the fabric and then tear it away after the seam is created. Also, I didn’t finish the edges of the lycra, mainly because I can be lazy.

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inside of the mane

3. Fuse the velcro into the correct positions. Hopefully you can see what I did in the picture.

4. Next, cut 1 inch to 2 inch wide strips of fur (it depends on the amount of volume and work you want to do, my strips were 2 inches wide) that are about 4 inches longer than the mask.

To cut the fur mark on the back where you want to cut and then use a straight blade like a box cutter or a razor blade to prevent trimming the fur and creating a huge mess. I, unfortunately, didn’t have either one of those and used scissors. BIG MISTAKE fur everywhere! and because the scissors trimmed the fur and created a weird raw edge I needed to fold over the edge and sew it down. Something I wouldn’t have had to do if I had just went out and bought a box cutter.

5. Next step is to pleat and pin the fur to fit the mask. If you don’t know how to pleat, here is a drawing I did that might help. Pleat whichever way is most comfortable to you, I find the knife pleat to be the easiest.

box, inverted, knife pleat

Drawing of different pleats for sewing

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Sew the layers, fur side down on the machine,  onto the lycra mask, starting with the bottom layer first working your way up so the layers don’t get in the way. I did the layer that goes around Rusty’s face going in the opposite direction to create more volume around his face.

6. Repeat for around the neck, I only did 2 layers for that part.

7. Fold fleece into fours, to where there are 4 layers of fleece and draw out an open bottom oval and then cut along your lines.

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lion ears

8. Next, combine two of the pieces and sew as close to the edge as possible, turn inside out and repeat for other ear. Pin onto mask for placement and hand stitch the ears to the mask.

Finally you have a lion mane dog costume!

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Manne modeling it

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Manne model shot

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Lion Mane Dog Costume

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Happy Halloween! Yesterday I showed how I made Rusty’s lion mane dog costume. Here is the finished result!

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Top View

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He is a very scary lion! Or an adorable one!

Ready for the day!

I love how his ears turned out in this costume!

Hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween!

Check out a second version of a lion mane dog costume here!