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How to make your own Dinosaur Tail.

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

I have made this fun Dinosaur tail for my son as he is Dinosaur mad, he loves just running around in it roaring at everyone. And if I'm honest I'm kind of partial to it myself so it's not just for kids.

This is a fun and cute addition to any child’s or adult costume box, or just for some fun for playing in. Make your own at home using fabric and toy stuffing for a 3-D, fun effect.

This would be great as a gift for a Dinosaur mad child (like mine) or you could make some for a children’s party so everyone can be a Dinosaur. You don’t have to use the traditional colours like I have, why not mix it up a bit.

You will need:

  • Green Fabric

  • Red Felt

  • Velcro

  • Toy Stuffing

  • Sewing Machine

  • Sewing Threads

  • Sewing Needles

  • Pins or Wonder Clips

  • 6.5" x 24" Easy Rule II

  • Rotary Cutter

  • Cutting Mat - 17" x 23”

  • Frixion pen or Water Erasable Pen

Step 1 -

Cutting your fabric

Iron your fabric before you start cutting.

Cutting your tail - fold your fabric in 2 (as seen in the picture) 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 we will refer to this as B, now measure up for that mark 2” and mark, we will refer to this as C.

line up your Sew Easy 24” Rule from Mark A to C and cut along this using your Rotary Cutter.

I have them 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 on the fabric with a fabric marker and them cut along your marks.

Cutting your waist straps - 2 pieces of 12″ x 4″.

Cutting your circle - I have cut a round a side plate to create my circle, it is approximately 8” in diameter.

Dinosaur spikes - Draw 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 3 lines of spikes out of one A4 sheet of felt to create the spikes. 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, went 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 2 with right sides together (inside out), pin the raw edges together and 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.

Step 4 -

With your tail inside out pin waist straps inside the tail. Make sure Velcro pieces match up so they will attach when worn and sew straps to tail (as seen in the picture).

Step 5 -

Pin your circle piece to the tail opening

Sew around the circle but leave a gap of 2” for turning. Now 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, I used a whole bag of toy stuffing.

Push the stuffing in to the tail through the turning gap, keep adding stuffing until you are happy with the shape of your tail.

Them stitch up the gap using a ladder stitch.

All finished and ready for some Dinosaur Rawson fun!!!


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