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.
- 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.
- 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. These will become the spikes on the diy dinosaur tail. You can make them into different colours or add more if you prefer.
- 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. You can use an old pillow that you no longer need or buy the stuffing to make the diy dinosaur tail.
- Pin along the spikes on the top curved line of your fabric on the right side. This will hold them in place and create a structure so that they stand up better.
- 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 fill with more stuffing.
- 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. This will create the waistband on the dit dinosaur tail.
- Sew the cotton tape onto the DIY dinosaur tail and take out all pins.
Not an official Harrison but live with them so that counts right? Helen is aged 26 and is passionate about movies, travel and being creative. She writes on the Harrison Household to document life, things she loves and things she has made.