Express pet costume

For the first time in years, I'm going to be in Charlottesville for Halloween.  I'm so excited!  We don't get trick-or-treaters at our place, but I love going to the Lawn at UVa, where area children trick-or-treat (the Lawn has student rooms and some faculty housing). 

When he was a puppy, I brought Baxter along to the Lawn for pictures.  I had some pretty cool costumes for a couple years (check back on Halloween for a little look back).  I wanted to make him another costume, but my travel schedule has me out of town until just before the big day.

At first, Marc suggested that I make Baxter some long, brown ears and let him be an Irish Setter.  People constantly ask us if he's a setter (he's a golden retriever, but a deep colored one).  I liked the idea, but didn't really have time for a sewing project.  Then, I remembered how many times people have make comments about Baxter being the dog from the Bush's Baked Beans commercial.  One groundskeeper at UVa once called out "roll that beautiful bean footage" as he drove by us.  It was perfect.

Here's the real dog (his name is Duke) on the set of the commercial that's airing right now:

I didn't have time to make a jersey, so I went to the fabric store to find some cotton that would match the Bush's colors.  I decided I could make a bandanna instead.

I found the Bush's logo online, flipped it (so easy on a Mac), and printed it on iron transfer paper.

It was too easy.  When I peeled the transfer paper off, the logo wasn't showing up at all.  I realized that the dark background was the problem.

So, I found an old t-shirt and repeated the process on white cotton.

I carefully cut the logo out so I could mount it on the royal blue cotton. 

If I had more time, I would have stitched the logo onto the bandanna, but I wound up using Liquid Stitch. 

I was pretty happy with the result! 


Baxter seems pretty happy with the result, too.  This is probably his most comfortable Halloween costume ever!

Do you dress your pup up for Halloween?  What is he/she being this year?


  1. Baxter looks great!  I am making Buddy's costume again this year.  We are dressing up as a group again - I'm Little Red Riding Hood, Kurt is going as the lumberjack, and Buddy is going to be the wolf dressed up as Grandmother.  So I am going to make him a little granny nightgown and nightcap :)

  2. He looks great. My favorite past costume was the lion - that was so clever. For a change we'll be home as well and we do get lots of little ones. I can't wait. Do you keep in touch with Mrs. Brownstone? Her past home decorations were amazing.

  3. I LOVE trick or treating on the Lawn!  And I love the costume you made!

  4. Awww Baxter, I love him to pieces.

    The one & only time we dressed Hiro up for Halloween, he peed all over his costume with it ON.  Yep, there went that idea.

  5. Cute. Have fun at the Lawn. This will be our first year going because we feel that our girls are now too old for it. I'm feeling a bit nostalgic that this phase of our lives is finished.


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