How To Make a Dinosaur Tail – Dressing Up Box

When I was younger I loved playing dress up, whether it was in an old bridesmaid dress or in my dad’s dressing gown pretending to be a wizard. I did it all, I loved the idea that something so simple can make an imagination seem so much more real. I wanted to create something easy to make, easy to wear and fun to play with. What better thing than a dinosaur tail to get those prehistoric imaginations back to life. You can adapt the colours of this to give your little dinosaurs their own style and flare. If you aren’t a confident sewer then try out using glue or hand sewing.

 

Equipment And Materials

  • Tape Measure
  • Fabric for Dinosaur tail – I used old curtains I had stored away for a rainy day.
  • Felt Squares/ felt for dinosaur spikes – Amazon sells variety packs like this one, where each piece before postage works out at 27p or you can buy a variety pack for £5 from HobbyCraft or single A4 sheets for 55p.
  • Cotton Tape – I bought a whole roll for future projects. This makes is 13p per metre before postage.
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine – Optional
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Stuffing- Or use an old cushion to save buying one.  You can usually find cushion infills for roughly £1-£3 in local markets and pound shops.

 

Method

  • Start by creating the shape of the dinosaur tail. Cut 2 into fabric and place to one side.

  • Cut 5 triangles from green felt starting from big getting gradually smaller, cut 2 of each size.

  • Sew together the sets of triangles, no need to turn them through as felt will not fray.
  • Stuff the spike with wadding or cushion filler.

  • Pin along the spikes on the top curved line of your fabric on the right side.

  • Place the second layer of fabric right side facing down on top of the other and pin into place.
  • Sew together leaving the shortest side open.
  • Cut into the fabric on the curve and turn through, press and stuff.

  • Fold the end together lengthways, so you are going the opposite way to the seam you just created.

  • Cut a long length of cotton tape, enough to tie around a child and fold in half. Place the fold in the middle of the pinned edge of the tail and pin into place.

  • Sew the cotton tape onto the dinosaur tail and take out all pins.

I would love to hear how you get on in the comments below, I would love to see the amazing colours and styles you come up with.

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