Turning your dog into a taco is easier than you think. There are several steps, but it can come together pretty quickly if you have basic sewing machine skills.
Supplies you will need:
Large yellow felt
Small pieces of red, orange, black, etc. felt
Stuffing / fill
Elastic or velcro
I started off by measuring the length of my dog from neck to tail, belly to back and across his back the wide way (straight lines).
Next use an appropriate-sized bowl to trace a half circle onto the yellow felt. Cut it out and then make sure the sizing is right for your dog by holding it against his body. If all is good, cut out a second piece.
Next use your measurements of your dog’s back length and width to create a template for the “meat”. I made mine a bit wavy so that it wouldn’t look like a brown brick. 🙂 Once you have the template done, hold it against your dog to ensure it is the right size. Using the template, cut out two pieces of brown fabric and sew them right sides together leaving a small opening to flip it right-side out and also to stuff it with the filling.
Once the meat is filled with stuffing, go ahead and hand-sew it closed as well.
To make the lettuce, cut out a strip of green fabric twice the length of your taco. Ruffle pin the fabric to the inside top of the taco and sew it on using a simple straight stitch. Be sure to use a yellow thread so that it isn’t visible on the outside of the taco.
You should now hand stitch the meat onto the inside of the taco shell right by the bottom of the lettuce.
The next part is your preference. I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to make straps and velcro to secure it to my dogs so I just sewed on some elastic under his chin, front legs and back legs. Alternatively, you could sew on two pieces of fabric with velcro in each area and secure it that way. Totally your preference.
You’re almost done! Now all you have to do is cut up some felt pieces for the filling. You could use yellow and orange for cheese, red for tomatoes, etc. You then just hot glue these pieces to the top of the meat.
Viola! Your dog is now a taco. Don’t let him too close to the cat……he may get eaten!
PS Later I added a whole and a harness clip extension to the middle of the costume so that I could walk the dogs on leash.
PPS I paired this with a margarita costume for myself. Tutorial to follow!