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?