How to make a pterodactyl costume

Written by liza hollis
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Kids seem to love dinosaurs, whether its because they're mysteriously extinct or for their monstrous size. Becoming a dinosaur is a wish of many little boys as well. If you love to sew, surprise them this Halloween by making them a Pterodactyl costume.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Green suit or sweat pants/sweatshirt
  • 2 yards matching green fabric
  • Fabric paint in white, black and red
  • Batting
  • Elastic band

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  1. 1

    Buy a green body suit. If you cannot find a solid green one piece and do not want to make one, purchase a green sweatshirt and sweatpants.

  2. 2

    Cut the green fabric in half so you have two equal pieces of 1 yard each.

  3. 3

    Using one of the yards of fabric, make a diagonal cut from the top left to the bottom right. These will be the two wings.

  4. 4

    Attach each wing to the sweatshirt with a few simple stitches using a sewing machine. You will need to attach it to the sleeve and the side of the sweater on each side.

    How to make a pterodactyl costume
  5. 5

    Fold the other yard of fabric in half and pin together.

  6. 6

    Trace the shape of the pterodactyl head as pictured onto the folded fabric.

    How to make a pterodactyl costume
  7. 7

    Use scissors to cut the shape out of both pieces of fabric.

  8. 8

    Stitch both pieces of fabric together along the edges using a sewing machine, leaving an opening along the bottom.

  9. 9

    Turn the head inside out and stuff with batting.

  10. 10

    Sew the opening closed using hand-stitching.

  11. 11

    Attach an elastic band to the bottom of the pterodactyl that will wrap around the child's chin.

    How to make a pterodactyl costume
  12. 12

    Paint the eyes, mouth, and teeth on the pterodactyl using the fabric paint.

    How to make a pterodactyl costume

Tips and warnings

  • Add finishing stitches along the edges of the wings to keep them from fraying.

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