Halloween Costume: Ryder Vest {From Paw Patrol}

Halloween Costume: Ryder Vest {From Paw Patrol}. Instructions on how to sew this awesome, sensory-friendly costume!

How I made a Ryder costume for my son for Halloween. I love costumes!
This DIY Paw Patrol Halloween costume is a huge hit and sensory friendly for children who don't love the bulk or feeling of the traditional store bought costume. It's not terribly complicated to sew and my son loves his. I have a number of fun Paw Patrol costumes on my page so make sure to check them all out!

This year I decided to get my 3 year old a less intense costume as he doesn't seem to do well with dress up. His favorite show is Paw Patrol so I decided to make him a Ryder (the human) costume... Paw Patrol vest, jeans, spiked hair. I made this in the 5T size.

I'd like to pause and mention something here... If you want to dress up in a store bought costume for Paw Patrol, they have costumes to dress up like the dogs from the show. But not Ryder. And I couldn't find a dog costume for my dog either (G says Tyson can be Zuma). So of course this means I'm making two costumes. And nobody has done a tutorial that I could find so I mostly winged it.

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I used The Simple Vest pattern from LilyBirdStudio ($6.90 on Etsy). I had to tweak it some so it would work for a Ryder vest. I thought the pattern had excellent instructions with photos which is why I love buying patterns online so much. I cell phone photographed the PDF instructions and then was able to look at my phone to see each step. It was a slow process because it was my first time doing pockets, a vest, and also I'm just not great with zippers. It also needed quite a bit of tweaking to make it a replica Ryder vest so I was trying to carefully think things through.

How to make a Paw Patrol patch for a Ryder vest.
Putting on the "patch" I made.

I used this embroidery design because even though it's not exactly like the one on Ryder's vest in the TV show, it makes it more obvious what the costume is. Plus I was having trouble finding something I preferred more. I also used this design to make my son a shirt. I embroidered the design in smallest size onto a piece of white fleece, cut around it, then applied wonder under (double sided) and ironed it on the design, then ironed design on the vest. This worked pretty well.

Update: You're in luck! They sell a Paw Patrol patch on Amazon now! I'm so excited... this would make things quicker!

Tutorial for a Ryder Vest

I didn't really have a good idea how to do this... I imagine it'd be better to sew a big lot of fabric together with the color combo you want, then cut out the whole pattern. But instead I cut the pattern slightly above "the arm hole corner" (lol) and cut the top piece of white, the bottom pieces of red, then I cut a 1.5" strip of yellow to go between the two. I just cut a long strip of yellow for that and trimmed excess after.

I sewed the yellow strip right sides together with the above and below white/red pieces. Then I top stitched with the coordinating thread. I tried to trim as much extra fabric as possible so it wouldn't be too bulky.

How to separate the pattern to adjust it for use as a Ryder vest.   How to cut your fabric for your Ryder Paw Patrol vest.

How to cut your fabric for your Ryder Paw Patrol vest.How to cut your fabric for your Ryder Paw Patrol vest.

Once I got it all together, I just placed my paper pattern on top and trimmed away the excess yellow fabric. 

How to sew your fabric for your Ryder Paw Patrol vest.Cutting the fabric along the pattern for Ryder vest.

Repeat for your back and other front piece.
Back and front pieces sewn together for Paw Patrol vest.

The only other thing that ends up being different is that you want to use a blue collar and pocket edge. I used the white liner for the actual pockets (inside part). 

Adding pockets to the Ryder Halloween Costume.Adding pockets to the Ryder Halloween Costume.

Things to note:
  • Don't cut the holes for the pockets too big. I've never done pockets and I think I cut mine too big which led to a couple places where the fabric is cut... I'm going to go hand sew those parts closed with matching thread, but it's not super noticeable (I don't think) so at least that's good.
  • I used blue ribbing for the collar. I think I'd use fleece if I were to do it over. I think the stiffness would be better and match the rest of the vest. 
  • I used a thin inner liner. In retrospect, I think using a cotton or even another layer of fleece would've been nice and warmer. We're in Maryland and I was thinking I didn't want him to be too hot... but it's not even half way through October and I'm cold so maybe the double layer of fleece would've been a good call. The liner I used frayed a lot too which drove me nuts. 
  • I didn't line the arms or the bottom of the vest with blue which if you look in pictures is how Ryder's vest is. I was going to, but I liked it as is once I finished it as is... and I didn't want to spend the time or energy required to fix it. 
  • You need very very little yellow fabric. I used yellow, red, and white fleece fabric. I didn't need a ton of any of it really. 
  • The one thing that's making me twitch a bit is that the yellow stripe doesn't line up correctly with the two front sides. I didn't notice until it was all done, but I'm sure this is avoidable if you pay attention to that during sewing.

Anyhow I finished it and I ran upstairs, excited to put it on my son and he says "No, I wear this" and points to his shirt. He would not put this on. Sweet. A few hours later my husband managed to bribe him somehow to put it on so we got a couple quick photos, but then he immediately took it off. Hopefully by Halloween he'll be more enthusiastic. Now I just need to make the dog a really obnoxious outfit so he can be Zuma.

So excited to have his own Paw Patrol Ryder costume for Halloween!
Tearing it off. Haha.
 Note: This costume is not for sale at this time. If you're interested in buying a premade Ryder vest, there are several Etsy shops that sell them.

Other Paw Patrol Tutorials

Before we get into the tutorial, make sure to check out these other Paw Patrol tutorials on my blog.

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DIY Danielle: Halloween Costume: Ryder Vest {From Paw Patrol}
Halloween Costume: Ryder Vest {From Paw Patrol}
Halloween Costume: Ryder Vest {From Paw Patrol}. Instructions on how to sew this awesome, sensory-friendly costume!
DIY Danielle
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