Got a Paw-Patrol obsessed preschooler? Make this DIY Marshall Paw Patrol Costume, inspired by the popular show! It requires no sewing whatsoever (though you can sew it if you prefer) and is surprisingly cheap to make. I love creating easy no-sew costumes – it not only saves lots of money, but at this age, the kids are proud of what their mama made! Disclosure: this post contains affiliate links.
I love the challenge of creating DIY costumes. We dress up as a family – one year we did a Looney Tunes inspired family costume, another time it was Winnie the Pooh. Two years ago, it was Sesame Street family costume time, and so last Purim, I created this set of Paw Patrol costumes for our family. For M, who was three at the time, I made this Marshall Paw Patrol costume out of fleece, a fireman hat, and some printables available on nickelodeonparents.com.
We tossed in his favorite flashlight to upgrade the cool factor of the costume!
I’ll confess: I’m not positive a real flashlight is the best idea. It threw off the entire balance of the hat. So unless you add a counterweight to the other side, you’ll have a lopsided hat.
M clearly didn’t mind that, and he enjoyed having his flashlight on him. He also helped with that part, by painting the flashlight. A cool alternative could be to make a flashlight out of cardboard tubes.
The rest of the family dressed up as well! Daddy was Rubble, I was Skye, and Baby Y was Baby Zuma.. Tutorials will follow, of course! The vest that I created for the costume is the same for all of them, as is the collar – it’s really the Marshall Paw Patrol costume hat that’s unique to this tutorial.
You can use fleece or felt for this tutorial. For the red vest, I got one yard of this fleece. If you’re using felt, it needs to be super soft, so I got this package. Since I just needed small amounts of black and white, it was perfect.Tip: read product reviews to judge if the felt you’re considering is soft enough – or just go with fleece! For the yellow, I used scraps of yellow fleece from Rubble’s costume.
The badge on the hat was made from gray and white felt but you can use construction paper too! You can use stiff felt if you want for this as it gets decoupaged right onto the hat.
It IS important to use a loose-fitting shirt to measure the size of your vest. I had to recreate both my and Baby Y’s vests because I used fitted shirts to measure.
What you need to make a DIY Marshall Paw Patrol costume:
- A plastic fire hat
- Fleece or felt in the following colors: red, white, yellow, gray, and black.
- Fabric glue
- Optional: a flashlight, painted black. Or make one from cardboard tubes
- Fabric Scissors
- Hook and Loop closure
- Mod Podge and a foam brush
- Printed paw patrol badge template
- I used this printable for the collar.
- A loose-fitting shirt to measure the vest size
- A hole punch
- A bit of string
How to make a DIY Marshall Paw Patrol costume:
Make the Marshall Paw Patrol Costume Fire Hat:
1. Paint or spray paint your flashlight black
2. Cut strips of yellow fleece or felt and glue it around the perimeter of the hat. Add a loop to hold the flashlight.
3. Create your ears! Make ’em big, floppy, and fun! Cut two triangles with rounded edges.
4. Cut black cloud shapes – a few per ear – and glue them on.
5. Glue the top of the triangle to the inside of your Marshall hat.
6. Print your PAW Patrol badge template.
7. Cut out the parts. Trace the middle section – the smaller badge shape – and cut it out from gray felt or construction paper. Assemble the badge.
8. Peel the sticker off your fire hat (you may want to soak it in soapy water for a bit so that it comes off easily.) Spread some Mod Podge on that front section. Place your badge and smooth any air bubbles. Spread a thin, even layer of Mod Podge on top and allow it to dry completely.
Make the Marshall Paw Patrol Costume Collar:
1. Cut out a strip of yellow fleece or felt large enough to fit loosely around your child’s neck. Attach a bit of hook and loop closure to the ends.
2. Cut out your fire badge. I highly recommend laminating it – a bit of packing tape does the job! Punch a hole towards the top and use string to tie it onto the fleece.
Make the Marshall Paw Patrol Costume Vest:
Since this tutorial is the same for all of the Paw Patrol-inspired costumes, I created a single image tutorial for you:
When we were done with this Marshall Paw Patrol costume, we threw it into the dress-up box, because M loves to play Paw Patrol. He has a few friends who love to play with him – so as long as they can have more than one Marshall, everyone is happy. Now, does that mean I need to make another one of these?!
I hope you enjoyed this no-sew Marshall Paw Patrol costume! Which is your child’s favorite dog?!