22
Sep

With Halloween approaching, it is always fun to see what is trending in the popular culture and how it influences the characters that appear on our doorstep for Tricks or Treats.

We always expect to see superheroes and characters from hit movies. Toy Story, Star Wars, and most recently, Frozen, have all provided inspiration for Halloween costumes in past years. Last year’s top list of costumes for kids, pets and adults also included such classics as Mickey and Minnie Mouse. (Source http://www.today.com/money/most-popular-halloween-costumes-2015-ebay-pinterest-polyvore-data-t49606 )

Last year for Halloween, we featured a shelter dog from the Aiken County Animal Shelter as a Minion, one of the top selling costumes for kids and pets that season.

This year, we took our inspiration from Pokémon GO!, a big craze this past summer. This activity combined online gaming with outdoor walking to find the fictional characters from the Pokéman brand phenomena and was all featured in all of the news media. It was not uncommon to find kids and grown ups as well in parks and other locations on the hunt for these characters.  Although this craze has declined with the summer ending and kids returning to school, there is a huge audience for Pokémon trading card games, TV shows, comic books, and movies.

This year, our shelter pet, Sadie Mae, from the Aiken County Animal Shelter has selected short, chubby, adorable Pikachu to dress as for Halloween.  With a lighting bolt for a tail, bright red cheeks, and pointy ears, we think Pikachu will continue to be a fan favorite for years to come.

Using a McCall’s pattern M6455 as our base, we adapted it to make our version of a Pikachu inspired costume.

To make your own weather resistant PUL pet Pikachu costume, you will need:

  • Babyville Boutique® diaper cut in yellow
  • Babyville Boutique wicking fabric
  • PUL scraps in brown and red
  • EZ Adjust Tape™ – 5” of both hook and loop or die cut tabs
  • Fabric glue
  • Headband
  • Floral wire
  • 12” length elastic
  • Pet coat pattern McCall’s 6455
  • Click here to download Pikachu templates

Directions

1. Cut out pattern from yellow PUL fabric and wicking fabric.

2. From brown PUL, cut 2 strips 1 ½” wide x the measurement across the lower back of the costume. Cut 4 rectangles, measuring 3” x 6 1/2”

3. Using fabric glue, position long strips to right side of costume. Pin and stitch in place. 

4. For belly straps, pin and stitch 2 rectangles together, right sides together. Stitch ¼” seam allowance, leaving one short end open to turn, trim, turn to right side. Topstitch around outer edges.

5. Using template for lightning bolt, cut out 2 from yellow fabric.  Use dotted line on pattern to cut out brown fabric for tail.

6. Stitch brown fabric to each yellow tail section. Pin and stitch 2 tail sections together, wrong sides together.

7. Pin raw edges of tail and raw edges of belly straps to right side of costume. Baste in place.

8. Pin and stitch lining fabric to costume, right sides together, leaving opening at neck to turn.

9. Trim seam and turn to right side.  Top stitch all around, turning in raw edges at opening and stitch closed.

10. Cut hook and loop into 2 pieces each. Stitch to front and belly straps.

For headband:

1. Use pattern to cut out 4 ears from yellow fabric. Cut out 4 brown contrast pieces. Stitch in place to right side of ear sections.

2. Pin and stitch 2 ear sections, wrong sides together, starting and finishing 1” from bottom edge.

3. Insert wire into ear shapes.

4. Open up bottom edge of ears and wrap around headband. Glue to headband.

5. Cut out 4 – 1 ½” circles from red PUL fabric. Glue or stitch 2 pieces to each other.  Glue to headband. 

6. Glue elastic to headband to secure to dog’s head.

Look no further for an idea for baby for Halloween! This Pikachu inspired diaper cover is sure to delight Pokémon fans everywhere. 

Whether dressing your child or your fur baby this Halloween, we know that our weather resistant Babyville fabric and the ideas here on our website will be the right choice for clever and adorable costumes.
 

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