DIY Cleo Halloween Costume from Clifford the Big Red Dog

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BTW that is Cleo from Clifford the Big Red Dog on tv while Morgan is posing for the camera!

So I have to say, I LOVE LOVE LOVE making Halloween costumes for the girls. It’s insanely rewarding to watch there 4 year old minds come up with an idea for a costume and help make it a reality…

Morgan wanted her costume to be Cleo this year for Halloween (Cleo is purple/white poodle from the cartoon Clifford the Big Red Dog).

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So here’s how we did this to make her costume idea come to life:


Costume was made in 4 segments.. so this tutorial will walk through each piece and how to make it.

Hat: I used the old beanie that fit morgan, but she no longer wore as the base. hot glue (fabric hot glue) strips of the fur from the base of the hat to the top. making it longer then the top. Then mush them all together at the top like my picture. using hot glue to secure. Cut a strip of red felt and cinch it around the top of the hat and glue. then cut a bow and glue..

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Furry Collar: I measured the elastic un-stretched where Morgan wanted it to sit on her shoulder. then I made a tube of purple fur twice as long as the elastice and scrunched it on. Sew up the elastic and sew closed tube and you have a fuzzy collar.

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Black Collar: I simply hot glued while stretching the shirt (IMPORTANT or it won’t fit over your kiddo’s head!).. I glued the black felt. then Morgan picked the big bling jewel she wanted for the center of the collar.

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Tail: We had to get crazy crafty ๐Ÿ™‚ I used a rectangle piece of white felt, fabric hot glue and a needle, thread and purple fur.ย  first I rolled a tube at one end over the round felt ball and hot glued it.ย  Then I twisted the remainder of the felt and glued as I went and finished with a nice layer of white felt to close off the twists.ย  Then I glued on purple fur to the end of the tail. I then cut a tiny hole at the very bottom of Morgan’s shirt (opposite end of the fur part) and stitched it into place ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Happy Costume Making!

I’ll post Mackenzie’s Rainbow Unicorn costume soon!


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5 thoughts on “DIY Cleo Halloween Costume from Clifford the Big Red Dog

  1. This is so clever. I can see how much she loves her new costume. Boy does this ever bring back the memories of my kids younger days. I use to have so much fun making their costumes each year. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Jann! Yes I have to say, making costumes is just awesome.. hoping to make it every year until they beg me to stop ๐Ÿ˜‰

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