DIY Dinosaur Tail Costume: Quick and Easy Fancy Dress For Kids!
If you’re looking for a fun craft project the little ones definitely won’t mind you getting stuck into, then this is it… follow our step-by-step sewing instructions, and learn how to make your own dinosaur tail costume for the little dinosaur lover in your life! This gorgeous DIY dinosaur tail makes a fantastic addition to the dressing up box, and will help make imaginative play even more fun. Make yours using traditional colours, or experiment to put together something even more creative!
Time it takes to make: 1 hr
Skill level: Beginner
You Will Need:
- Fabric of your choice (I used green)
- Felt (I used red felt)
- Toy Stuffing
- Sewing Machine
- Sewing Threads
- Sewing Needles
- Pins or Quilting Clips
- Sewing Ruler
- Rotary Cutter
- Cutting Mat – 17″ x 23”
- Water soluble fabric marker
How to Make a Dinosaur Tail Costume:
Step 1 – Cutting Your Fabric:
Iron your fabric before you start cutting. To cut your tail, fold your fabric in half and measure from the folded edge of your fabric approximately 12” along the open edge and make a mark; we will refer to this as mark A. Measure along the folded edge approximately 24” and mark again; we will refer to this as mark B. Now measure up from that mark 2”, and mark again; we will refer to this as mark C.
Next, line up your sewing ruler from Mark A to C, and cut along this using your rotary cutter. I have then free-hand cut a rounded end for the point of the tail. if you are not confident cutting free-hand, you can sketch the end of the tail onto the fabric with a fabric marker, and then cut along your marks.
For your waist straps, cut two pieces of fabric at 12″ x 4″. To cut the circle of fabric for the base of the tail, I drew around a small plate (approximately 8″ in diameter) then hand-cut this. Finally, the dinosaur spikes! Draw out your spikes using your fabric marker on your felt sheet. Leave approximately ½” between each spike, and use the entire felt sheet; you should be able to get three lines of spikes out of one A4 sheet of felt. Now cut along the lines you have made.
Step 2 – Attach Spikes:
First, position the spikes along one side of your tail on the right side of the fabric with raw edges together; when you are happy with the positioning, place the other long side of your fabric on top with all raw edges to make a sandwich and pin in to place (as seen in the picture).
Sew along the tail edge with 1/2″ seam allowance to secure your spikes.
Step 3 – Create and Attach Waist Straps:
Fold your straps in half with right sides together (inside out) and pin the raw edges together. Sew along the top and sides of the strap, leaving the bottom side open for turning.
Turn your straps the right way, and sew velcro pieces on the top ends of the waist straps.
With your tail inside out, pin waist straps inside the tail. Make sure the velcro pieces match up so they will attach when worn, and sew straps to tail (as seen in the picture).
Pin your circle piece to the tail opening, then sew around the circle, but leave a gap of 2” for turning.
When complete, turn your tail the right way through the gap you have left.
Step 6 – Stuffing Your Tail:
Now it’s time to add the stuffing – for this tail I used a whole bag of toy stuffing! Push the stuffing into the tail through the turning gap, and keep adding stuffing until you are happy with the shape of your dinosaur tail costume, then stitch up the gap using a ladder stitch.
All finished and ready for some dinosaur fun!
Kelly Anne Jordan
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