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Nibbler (Futurama) Pet Costume Tutorial for under $10

Just need, 1 collar, Ping Pong Balls, Black Pipecleaner, black Sharpie, scissors, old red shirt/fabric and a little tape. (fabric glue and black fabric optional)

Depending on the size of your pet choose an appropriate amount of pipe cleaners for the eye stalk size.   

For a cat we chose 6. Now twist them tightly together to form one long bendy stalk. 

Be careful of the pokey ends and where they end up!

Find the Mid point of the collar and wrap the stalk around it a couple times tightly. Important! Make sure any pipe cleaner ends are pointed OUTWARD when you are finished. Then Tape the area to insure no one gets poked.

Take your ping pong ball and carefully poke a small hole in the back of one of the sides. 


Insert the Stalk you made earlier into it. 

For the cape take a quick measurement of how large your pet’s back is. You can use a string for an estimate if you don’t have a measuring tape. For most cats it will be between 7 and 15 inches. For our cat we went with 10. Then measure across their back. For this cat we went with 16. 

Mark on your old shirt those measurements + an inch (Always add a little just in case, You can always trim it off later. You will get a rectangle that is wider than it is tall for most small pets. Remember that a pet has a wider back than a human due to the forward facing legs.

(OPTIONAL) Once you cut the rectangle out of the fabric you can do a quick glue hem to the edge.

Just fold and press tightly and let it set for a couple minutes.

While your hem is drying just add a black dot to the center of your Nibbler eye. We suggest starting with a tiny dot and just gradually enlarging it. 

Give the top of your cape a little tie at the corners 

(OPTIONAL) If you have a pack of Ping Pong Balls You can make different expressions by either using your sharpie to make black marks or taking a small scrap of black fabric and cutting it with a slight  circular curve to the fabric. Apply glue to the top of the eye. 

Starting at the Eye Dot press the fabric down and work towards the back. You will get ridges of fabric that grow larger the more you go towards the back. Press them tightly together until you have covered half the eye.

Now to just trim off all the excess black scrap carefully with the scissors including those ridges you pressed tightly together. Be careful to not trim so deep you cut the ball.

And there you have it! A Nibbler Costume for Any Pet!

If you make one make sure to tag us in it so we can share! Have fun crafting!

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