Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pet Costumes


I made my cat a witch costume for Halloween. I bought a black bandana, a piece of black felt, and a spool of black ribbon. I folded the bandana into a triangle and tied it around her neck. I cut a circle using a margarine tub for a template from the felt. I made a cone from the rest of the felt and sewed it closed. Then I sewed the cone to the middle of the circle and added 2 ten inch pieces of ribbon so I can tie it under her chin. She likes it except she wants to eat the ribbon. It was very easy and cheap.

Wal-Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels all have a variety of bandanas. They have lots of colors and patterns and I even saw some Halloween ones. It would cute and festive just to tie a holiday bandana around the neck of your pet. You could make some pretty cool and creative costumes using bandanas as the base. I also made my cat a Snoopy Fall Scrunchie for her neck. She likes it because it is warm and it buffers her neck from her collar when she lies down. I will probably make some and sell them in my store in a few weeks.

I got the idea for the witch costume from a library book titled: Pet Crafts by Heidi Boyd. There are 28 projects you can make for your pets including a cowboy costume. If you want something more complicated, there is a book called Doggy Fashion by Alison Jenkins you can buy or check out from your local library. It has instructions for making 12 costumes. I have one copy left in my store: http://cgi.ebay.com/Doggy-Fashion-by-Alison-Jenkins-2003_W0QQitemZ350267253270QQcmdZViewItemQQptZUS_Nonfiction_Book?hash=item518d8e2216.

If you can crochet, Crochet Central has cheerleader, devil, diva, bumble bee, and witch costume for dogs and candy corn and Santa sweaters for cats. They are so cute!

There are many cute pet costumes in the stores too.

Pets shouldn’t eat candy especially chocolate but here a few treats you can make for your pet:

Peanut Butter Dog Treats:
(They can be cut out into Halloween shapes like ghosts and pumpkin shapes.)
Ingredients
· 1/2 cups water (add more water later if required)
· 1/2 Cup oil
· 2 eggs
· 3 tablespoons peanut butter
· 2 teaspoons vanilla
· 2 cups flour
· 1/2 Cup cornmeal
· 1/2 Cup oats
Steps
· Blend wet ingredients together. Whisk dry ingredients together and mix into wet mixture to form a ball of dough. Roll out and shape.
· Put onto a non-stick cookie tray or lightly greased one. Cook 20 minutes at 400 F. Turn off oven and allow the biscuits to cool in oven until crisp and hard. Store in airtight container.
(Recipe is from Bullwrinkle.com)
And for cats:

Savory Cheese Treats

3/4 cup white flour
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
5 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/4 cup plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 cup cornmeal
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine cheeses and yogurt. Add flour and cornmeal. If needed, add a small amount of water to create a nice dough. Knead dough into a ball and roll to 1/4 inch. Cut into one inch sized pieces and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 2 dozen. These can also be cut out into Halloween shapes.
(Recipe is from PetPlace.com)

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