Learn how to make a DIY Anubis costume with gold accessories, a stuffed dog head and black clothing. This Egyptian god is fun and easy.
My son is currently learning about Egypt as part of his global studies and he has to go to school in Egyptian costume. We decided to create a really cool Anubis Egyptian God costume. I sewed all the accessories and paired them with black clothing, but you could also just wear gold jewelry for ease!
I wanted to make a dog mask for my son, but his school doesn't allow any masks. To get around the rule in a creative way, I made a stuffed dog head that sat on top of his head. Let me show you what you need to make this DIY Anubis costume!
Who is Anubis?
Anubis is the Egyptian god of funeral rites, protector of tombs and guide of the underworld. He is usually depicted as a dog or a man with the head of a dog or jackal.
Sometimes the head is black and the body is human brown, and sometimes the head is black and the body is also black.
What do I need for an Anubis costume?
Start with a base of a basic outfit like this black pajamas* we have had. You can choose another color, but I wanted the fabric to blend in like the wolf's head.
I made a black balaclava (using my free balaclava sewing pattern) and sewed the stuffed dog head and head piece into it. Then I made a bunch of gold accessories to complete the outfit.
I'll go into detail about all the handmade details below.
DIY Anubis costume
- Plain pajamas (black pajamas*)
- Stuffed dog head
- Head piece
- Gold fabric
- Sewing machine
- Sewing tools
Start with a balaclava or balaclava (get my free balaclava sewing pattern). Either cut the head off a black stuffed dog or make a stuffed dog head. I made one with this stuffed wolf sewing pattern, but I only used the head. I increased the size by 200% to make it big enough and then made it following the instructions.
I hand stitched the head onto the hood all the way around the base. Next, I cut out strips of black and gold fabric, sewed them together, and hemmed the edges. I hand sewed the striped piece to the back of the stuffed dog head so that it falls around the head and shoulders.
If you don't want to sew anything, you can just wear a bunch of gold jewelry for necklaces, bracelets, and belts.
I sewed two bracelets, two anklets, a belt and a choker.
To make them:
- Cut two of the same shape (rectangles for the bracelets and anklets, rectangles for the belt pieces, “U” for the neck piece).
- Interface with fuse interfacing on one side of a form.
- Pin the shape pieces right sides together.
- Sew around the shape and leave a 2-3 inch hole for turning. Backstitch at the beginning and end, and pivot at the corners.
- Turn it right side out and bring out the corners. Press the shape flat.
- Add velcro or snaps so you can wear it. Add extra details for fun.
If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!