How to Make a Hot Dog Costume for Kids

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They say not to ask how the sausage is made, but this wearable hot dog is full of deliciously simple ingredients that won’t make the stomach turn. Better still, stuffed with an adorable little one, it’s sure to bring a smile and plenty of candy to its wearer. Hot diggity dog!

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Things You'll Need

  • Snug fitting T-shirt (for measuring)
  • 2 yards of camel-colored fleece (for an 8-year-old's costume size)
  • Pencil or disappearing ink pen
  • 3-inch circle to trace (a roll of duct tape will work)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Pillow stuffing
  • 1 yard of red felt
  • Snaps or hook-and-loop fastener
  • Needle and thread
  • 1/2 yard of yellow felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hooded sweatshirt

Step 1: Create the Hot Dog Bun

Center a snug fitting T-shirt on a 2-yard piece of camel-colored fleece. Fold both long sides of the fleece in to the shoulder points of the T-shirt, as shown in the photo. Draw 3-inch circles where the armholes will go, using the T-shirt sleeves as a guide.

(Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 2: Round the Edges of the Bun

Using scissors, round the folded edges of the bun -- at the top and bottom. This will leave the middle part of the costume's edges higher than the rounded bun sides. Fold the top and bottom edges of the middle part in toward the center.

(Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 3: Pin and Sew the Edges

Pin and sew the top and bottom rounded edges together, leaving the inside seam open on each side so you can stuff them later. Also, pin and sew the top and bottom edges of the middle part.

(Image: Sonya Nimri)

Step 4: Turn the Bun Right-Side Out

Turn both rounded portions of the bun right-side out, and pin the circles where the arms will go through. You may have to re-mark the circles with your pen.

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Step 5: Sew and Cut the Armholes

Sew on the line of the armholes, removing the pins as you go. Cut away the fabric inside the sewed line.

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Step 6: Stuff the Bun

The costume will look as shown in the photo below. Insert pillow-stuffing into the side openings.

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Step 7: Sew the Bun Shut

Sew along the open seams on each side of the bun.

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Step 8: Cut the Hot Dog out

Cut two layers of red felt in a long rounded shape that is the same width of your costume wearer's shirt and a little bit longer than the bun. Be sure to round the edges to create a hot dog shape. Sew around the edges, leaving a 1/4-inch seam allowance.

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Step 9: Add the Attachments

Use a needle and thread to sew snaps or a strip of hook-and-loop fastener running down each side of the bun to attach the hot dog to the bun.

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Step 10: Make Condiments for the Hot Dog

Cut out a wavy line of yellow felt that spans the length of the hot dog.

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Step 11: Glue Condiments to the Hot Dog

Hot glue the mustard to the hot dog, making sure the felt lays flat along the whole length of it.

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Step 12: Make a Hood

Using a hood as a pattern, cut out the hood shape on two layers of red felt, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance.

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Step 13: Add a Hood Extension

Extend the hood by adding an extra length of folded red fabric that is flared slightly on each side to cover the neck area.

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Step 14: Sew the Hood Extension to the Hood

Sew the back of the hood together, and then sew the extension to the bottom of the hood.

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To wear the costume, put the arms through the holes of the bun. Join the attachments on the hot dog to both sides of the bun. Put the hood on and tuck the flaps into the sides of the bun.

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