Dog Pirate Costume

This dog pirate costume won first place at the PetSmart® Halloween contest. You can make one too!

These instructions are for a medium sized pooch. You will obviously have to make some adjustments if you are the proud owner of a Saint Bernard or on the opposite end of the scale and have a Chihuahua.

OH, and long legs versus short legs are going to change the length of the socks. I'm sure you can figure that out though. Just use this as a general guideline. 


Age: Adult

Difficulty: Medium

Time Scale: 3 out of 5


  • Black craft foam
  • small skull and crossbones printed from computer or a sticker
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • white glue
  • small satin blouse with 3/4 length sleeves
  • kids cotton pants with elastic waistband
  • 1/4 yard of Black and white striped stretchy material
  • black yarn
  • comb
  • 1/2 yard of Black satin material
  • 1/4 inch wide elastic about 6 inches long
  • velcro
  • 2 wire coat hangers
  • wire cutters
  • duct tape
  • masking tape
  • small paint brush
  • small plastic sword (dollar store)
  • sewing machine (or can hand sew)
  • sewing needle
  • black thread
  • white thread
  • large feather in bright color
  • fiberfill
  • scissors
  • tape measure or ruler
  • craft paint in:

            flesh color


Dog Pirate Costume Instructions

To make this Dog pirate costume, start with the hat. Cut a black piece of craft foam into a circle that is 11 inches across. Cut a smaller circle out of the center that is about 5 inches across.

Cut a strip of the craft foam about 2 inches wide and long enough to go around the edge of this smaller circle. 

Hot glue this all the way around the smaller circle and glue ends of this strip together. Make sure the glue gun is not too hot!

You will want to make a tricorn hat. To do this, bend up the foam on the big circle and glue to the small strip.



Turn all the way around and pinch foam together, so it comes to a point at the front of the hat. Glue each side to the smaller inside strip to hold in place.


Cut black yarn to about 10 inches in length. Comb it out to separate the yarn, so it looks like hair. Glue this to the underside, around the edge of the opening of the hat.

Print out or draw either a small skull and crossbones or do the head of a dog with the crossbones underneath. Glue this to the side of the hat using white glue.


Cut a piece of 1/4 inch wide elastic about 6 inches long and attach to the bottom on each side of the hat. This may need adjusted. Check to see if this will hold the hat on your pooch and not choke!  You want him to like his dog pirate costume, so make sure it is going to be comfortable. 


Glue the end of a large plume feather to the inside edge of the hat. Have the feather leaning back slightly, not standing straight up.


Sew up the side seams of a small satin blouse to make it even smaller. If the sleeves are longer than 3/4 length, they will have to be shortened so the arms on the dog pirate costume aren't too long.

Cut open the back of the collar on the blouse. Use a zigzag stitch around the opening, to keep the material from fraying.

Use black velour or satin to make a vest. There will be a front and a back. The back is attached to the front only at the shoulder seams. 

The piece from the back will have to be cut so it will wrap around the dog. Use velcro to hold this piece together, under the belly of the dog.

Sew the front side pieces of the vest to the side seams on the blouse.


Sew the front and the back of the blouse shut, all the way across the bottom so the length from the neck to here is about 9 inches.

Cut a jagged edge on a pair of kids cotton pants with an elastic waistband so the legs are about 9 inches long.

If you have a puppy with shorter or longer legs you will have to adjust the length to fit.


Sew the bottom edge of the blouse to the front, inside of the elastic on the pants. Only sew the front, not the back. The back needs to stay open.


Stuff the blouse body and arms with fiber fill. Sew the front, bottom edge of the collar to the back of the blouse. The back of the collar should still be open (where it was cut earlier) and not attached to the back of the blouse.


Cut two pieces of black and white stretchy material into rectangle shapes that are 4 inches wide by 8 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew a seam up the sides. Turn right side out. These are the socks for the dog pirate costume. Once again, adjust this measurement to fit your pooch. The feet are left open at the bottom so the dogs foot can slip right through. This will be more comfortable. It won't be slippery and the sock won't get all dirty on the bottom, when out for a gallivant around the neighborhood.

Hand sew the front, top of the socks to the inside of the leg of the pants, to keep them from slipping down.


Use wire cutters to cut a coat hanger to about 5 inches long. Bend into a hook. Wrap with 2- 3 layers of duct tape.


Cut 5 pieces of wire into 4 inch lengths. Wrap each wire with masking tape. Clump together on one end and wrap with more tape. Keep wrapping until the tape is built up enough on the wire to resemble a hand with fingers, thumb and a wrist. Bend fingers and thumb, so they will hold a small plastic sword.

Paint the hand with flesh colored craft paint. When dry, add white paint for fingernails. When paint has dried, bend the fingers of the hand around a small plastic sword.


Hot glue the hand to the one sleeve on the blouse. Make sure the thumb is facing the right direction and you didn't make a right hand and put it on the left side or vice versa.

Attach the hook to the other sleeve. Add extra fiberfill stuffing if necessary. Hot glue the sleeves shut.

Okay, so where is that doggie of yours hiding? I bet he just can't wait to try on his dog pirate costume!!

Put his front legs through the pant legs and into the socks.

Now his head goes through that opening in the collar.

Wrap the vest around his back, and velcro shut underneath. Does he look a little grumpy? Really, it isn't that bad. It's comfy, REALLY.

Now the hat on the head and elastic under the chin.

Time to go get some treats or even see if this dog pirate costume can win a costume contest!

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