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How to Make a Paw Patrol Ryder Costume

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How to make a Paw Patrol Ryder costume from a simple vest pattern.

This Paw Patrol Ryder costume is a huge hit and sensory friendly for children who don’t love the bulk or feeling of the traditional store bought costume. 

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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.If you’re in a cooler climate or want to use this during the winter, add sleeves. It doesn’t need to just be a costume.

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This costume is not for sale. If you’re interested in buying a premade Ryder vest, click this link:   Buy A Handmade RYDER VEST


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I used The Simple Vest pattern from LilyBirdStudio .

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.

A Note on the Paw Patrol Patch

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.

Embroidering was a lot of work though so unless you have a machine and the thread already, I’d suggest just buying a patch on Amazon. They’re super affordable.

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How to Sew a Paw Patrol 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.

diy ryder paw patrol vest
Yield: 1 Vest

How to Make a Paw Patrol Ryder Costume

Make an adorable Paw Patrol Ryder costume that is also sensory friendly for children.


  • Yellow fleece
  • White fleece
  • Red fleece
  • Blue ribbing
  • White lining fabric
  • Paw Patrol Patch
  • Vest Pattern


  • Sewing Machine


  1. Cut the pattern above the arm hole with the top piece in white fabric and the bottom pieces in red fabric.
  2. You will also need a 1.5″ strip of yellow to go between the two.
  3. Sew the yellow strip right sides together between the white and red pieces.
  4. Top stitch with the coordinating thread.
  5. Trim any extra fabric.
  6. Place your paper pattern on top and trim away any excess yellow fabric.
  7. Repeat for your back and second front piece.  
  8. Use your white liner for the inside of the pockets.

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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. Buy A Handmade RYDER VEST

Other Paw Patrol Tutorials

Make sure to check out these other Paw Patrol tutorials on my blog: Dog Costume: Zuma / Paw Patrol Birthday / Paw Patrol DIY Painting / Paw Patrol Bookshelf

Want something else to make with that vest pattern? Make a Nerf gun vest!

Here’s a video of a one layer version with sleeves!

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Tuesday 18th of September 2018

Do you have the template that you ‘tweaked’ ? I’m hoping to make a vest for my sons birthday party! Thanks!


Wednesday 19th of September 2018

Just the pattern that I used (it should be linked in the supplies).

Heather Sweeney

Monday 17th of October 2016

Thank you so much for this post! I am a novice sewer at best but found this easy to accomplish. The only thing I found difficult was sewing the zipper into the collar. My son loves it and cannot wait for Halloween!


Monday 17th of October 2016

I'm so glad to hear it worked out well for you! :) Have a great Halloween!

Jess DeWit

Tuesday 27th of September 2016

My son would go nuts for this! great idea to do something more comfortable :)


Thursday 29th of September 2016

Thanks! :) Yeah it worked out really well!

Candace Patterson

Thursday 25th of August 2016

Your vest came out great and it's obvious your son is very excited to wear it. Is he going to be Ryder for Halloween? Thanks for sharing on #WonderfulWednesday bloghop.


Thursday 18th of February 2016

your son is 3 but you made the 5T size -- i'm wondering if you think that the vest runs on the small side -- hate to make it for my grandson and find out it's too small!



Thursday 18th of February 2016

My son is big for his age (something like 95% for height) so he was probably in 4T at the time. I went a size up because I wanted it to last longer. :) I recommend doing one size up just because these are awesome and he'll be able to wear it longer, but that's just me.

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