Halloween Costume for the Dog: Zuma [from Paw Patrol]


How to sew a Zuma (Paw Patrol) dog costume. My son is trick-or-treating as Ryder so I wanted to create the dog a matching costume!

How to sew a Zuma (Paw Patrol) dog costume. My son is trick-or-treating as Ryder and we will bring our dogs dressed up as well. How to sew a Zuma (Paw Patrol) dog costume. My son is trick-or-treating as Ryder so I wanted to create the dog a matching costume! Make sure to check out all of my Paw Patrol costumes!

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My sons love Paw Patrol and it's one of my favorite shows for them to watch... No true bad guys, no violence, PUPPIES, kindness, and it focuses on helping others. Last year I made G a vest for Halloween so he could be Ryder. This year I wanted K to wear that costume, but I decided to make a costume for the dog as well so they can match. Ironically, they sell store bought costumes so kids can be the pups- but not Ryder- and they don't sell the Paw Patrol pup costumes for actual dogs. 

Our dog, Tyson, is a cocker spaniel, and would probably be more appropriate to dress as Sky (I think she's a cockapoo?)...  But I decided to make him Zuma instead as their coloring is similar enough and I had an idea for Zuma's pack. Sky's setup looked a bit daunting to DIY.  I did skip Zuma's helmet because it looked hard and the dog already wasn't impressed. 

Anyhow without further ado... Zuma! 

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  • Dog Coat Pattern: This fits my medium size dog. He's a cocker spaniel. Not sure up to what sizes this pattern would fit, but you can print it and try the paper version on the dog. That's what I did. Get the pattern FREE by signing up for my newsletter. Note: This is my first time scanning and uploading a big pattern like this so let me know if you have any issues!
  • 17.5" x 2.5" strip of blue fleece for neck. Make sure the stretch is along the long side. I didn't finish edges.
  • (2) 11 x 1.5" orange fleece strips for legs, make sure stretches along the long side. 
  • Orange fleece for the body of the costume.
  • Blue fleece for the belt
  • Two empty soda bottles
  • An empty box (I used a box of macaroni)
  • Orange duct tape

Other Paw Patrol Tutorials

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


First, cut out your pattern from the orange fleece. The "fold" section should go against the folded edge of your orange fabric.

Once cut, I folded the dog coat right sides together so the front pieces meet and sewed along the front. This creates the neck hole. Goodness that sounds weird. You want to use the blue fleece around the neck. I took my strip of blue fabric, folded it in half length wise and sewed it so that it is a circle. Then I folded it in half like bias tape, pinned it around the neck opening, and zig zagged around it to sew it in place.

Cutting the fabric for the DIY Zuma dog costume.   Cutting the fabric for the DIY Zuma dog costume.

Next I used some orange strips for around the leg openings. I did the same thing as I did with the neck to add those on.

For the rest of the coat, I turned over the raw edges and finished with a straight stitch.

Adding details such as bias tape for the DIY Zuma dog costume.   Adding details such as bias tape for the DIY Zuma dog costume.  Folded over the edges and straight stitched. DIY Zuma dog costume.   Folded over the edges and straight stitched. DIY Zuma dog costume.

The Dog Tag: I took a piece of orange duct tape and stuck it onto a piece of cardboard. I stuck a sticker onto the middle, then cut out the shape of Zuma's dog tag. I hand sewed the tag onto the front collar of the costume.
Some scrapbooking stickers that my son picked out for Zuma's dog tag on our DIY Zuma costume.   Sewing on our dog tag for the DIY Zuma dog costume.

The Backpack: At this point, I needed the pack. I took two soda bottles with an empty macaroni box in between and used the orange duct tape to completely cover it so that it looks like Zuma's pack.

Upcycled materials used to create Zuma's backpack for our dog costume.   I used duct tape over the upcycled materials to make Zuma's backpack orange.

The Belt: You need one strip of blue felt or fleece to use as a belt and to hold the pack on. You may want to measure your dog's girth to determine how long you want it. Once I cut the size I wanted (length measured x twice the width you desire). I wanted the stretch along the short way this time so it wouldn't stretch too much. I folded the fabric in half and sewed right sides together, then turned to top stitch. 

Blue fleece belt holds on Zuma's backpack for this dog costume.Blue fleece belt holds on Zuma's backpack for this dog costume. I cut two slits to feed belt through.

I added snaps to the belt to make it fit... You could do Velcro instead, but I like snaps because they don't collect dog hair and fuzz. Plus they were faster to put on. 

I cut two slits in the back of the backpack so I could slip the strap through. Buckle it onto your dog to determine where to sew the strap on. I just hand sewed a couple stitches on either side (under the pack) to hold the strap in place- otherwise the pack did slide a bit back and forth when my dog moved.

DIY Zuma Costume for our dog: This is a view of the backpack   DIY Zuma Costume for our dog: This is a close up of his dog tag.

And there you go... your child is thrilled and you've got coordinating costumes... assuming you already made a Ryder vest for your child! My oldest son, G, is modeling the Ryder costume below, but my youngest is the one who will be wearing it this year... G is dressing up as a policeman this year.

My dog posing with my son in their matching DIY Paw Patrol inspired costumes.   This DIY Zuma costume for our dog is made from upcycled materials and fleece.

This is my son, dressed as Ryder, with our dog Tyson dressed as Zuma. Both costumes were DIY projects on diydanielle.com   DIY Zuma and Ryder costumes: "Ready when you are Ryder!". 

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DIY Danielle: Halloween Costume for the Dog: Zuma [from Paw Patrol]
Halloween Costume for the Dog: Zuma [from Paw Patrol]
How to sew a Zuma (Paw Patrol) dog costume. My son is trick-or-treating as Ryder so I wanted to create the dog a matching costume!
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