How to Make a Cuddly Dinosaur

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How to Make a Cuddly Dinosaur
Make a soft dinosaur toy for your child. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Homemade stuffed animals make a more sentimental keepsake than the mass-produced variety sold in toy stores. If your child is interested in dinosaurs, give him a cuddly stuffed dinosaur to keep on his bed for nighttime cuddling and keep for years to come. You can create a simple, plush, stuffed dinosaur at home with some fabric and sewing supplies.

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Things you need

  • 1 yard cotton fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Permanent marker
  • Utility knife
  • Fabric chalk
  • Large dinosaur stencil or reference picture
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton batting
  • Fabric paint
  • Paintbrushes

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  1. 1

    Lay a yard of fabric over a flat surface.

  2. 2

    Draw a dinosaur outline onto a sheet of cardboard with a permanent marker and cut it out with a utility knife. Use a large dinosaur stencil to draw the dinosaur or look at a reference picture and draw it free-handed.

  3. 3

    Trace around the edge of your cardboard dinosaur shape with fabric chalk onto the fabric.

  4. 4

    Flip the cardboard dinosaur over and trace it onto a blank area of the fabric. Flipping the cardboard over is important so that you will have two sides that will both show the right-side of the fabric, on the outside of the toy, when fitted together.

  5. 5

    Cut out the fabric dinosaurs with sewing scissors and lay them together with the right-sides facing each other and the edges matched up. Pin the two pieces together around the edges with straight pins to hold them in place.

  6. 6

    Sew around the edges of the two pieces to bind them together, 1/8-inch away from the edges of the fabric. Leave a 1-inch section open. Remove the pins.

  7. 7

    Stuff cotton batting into the 1-inch hole to fill the dinosaur completely.

  8. 8

    Tuck in the rough edges of the fabric around the 1-inch hole and pinch the edges together. Sew along the pinched fabric to close the dinosaur.

  9. 9

    Paint details onto the dinosaur, such as eyes, a mouth and stripes or spots, with fabric paint. Apply it with a fine-bristled paintbrush for precision.

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