This toddler fleece dinosaur hoodie tutorial is easy to follow and comes together in less than an hour! Fleece dinosaur spikes are sewn onto an existing hoodie to create a one of a kind accessory that your little one will LOVE!
Mac has been obsessed with dinosaurs for well over a year now. When had a dinosaur cast when he broke his leg, he sleeps on his dinosaur pillowcase every night, and cracks us up every day when he says “bwakiasauaus and t-wex” With fall here and cooler temperatures just around the corner I thought it would be fun to make him a dinosaur hoodie!
The Trick To Making a Fleece Dinosaur Hoodie In Under an Hour
This dinosaur hoodie starts out with a…you guess it, hoodie. This one trick will save you a couple of hours of sewing time! If you already have a hoodie in your toddler’s closet, AWESOME! Otherwise you can pick up a hoodie at Walmart or Target for about $8. A few cuts and straight hems and voila!
Mac immediately let me know that he thought it needed eyes and a tail. You can’t win them all, folks. He then proceeded to put it on and wore it all day, so I think he was able to get past those two flaws. If you wanted to make a tail, you totally could and replace the bottom spike with a long, chunky tail in the same shape. I think it looks cute as it, nice and simple.
What Fabric Should You Use For This Fleece Dinosaur Hoodie Tutorial?
There are many homemade dinosaur hoodie and costumes around the web. I’ve noticed that many use fabric glue or felt. If you plan on only using the hoodie as a costume for one or two uses those methods would be fine, but if you are looking for a wardrobe item to be used an abused by a toddler I would definitely recommend sewing the hoodie and definitely using something other than felt. Felt is a great fabric for so many projects! I use it all the time and it is the best fabric for kids to start out on when learning to sew (this sugar cookie pin cushion is a great beginning kids project), but it only washes up well a couple of times before it starts to pill (ball up). Fleece is much more durable and is also quite easy to sew with!
What goes well with a dinosaur hoodie? A dinosaur ride on toy. Christmas came early this year in the form of a Dino Rocker from Step2. When I saw that they recently came out with a Dino Rocker and Unicorn Rocker I pretty much begged them to collaborate with me. As a momma of a dino lovin’ toddler it is my duty to share these kind of things with other mommas of dino lovin’ toddlers!
Can you imagine this guy sitting under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning? I love Step2 products because they are QUALITY toys and made in the USA. We have yet to wear out one of the rockers, playhouses or wagons. When the kids grow out of them we pass them onto friends and family.
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Fleece Dinosaur Hoodie Tutorial In Under an Hour
- Sewing Machine
Step 1: Cut 18 triangles from fleece.
Note: The base of the triangle should be 3.5″. The sides can be whatever you’d like, but mine were 4″.
Step 2: Stitch the sides of the triangle using a 3/8″ seam. Trim close to the seam. Leave bottom open.
Step 3: Turn triangles right side out.
Lay the hoodie on your work surface and cut down the center of the hood section. Continue cutting down the back of the hoodie until you have 2 sections. Yes, you are cutting the ENTIRE hoodie in half, down the back!
Step 5: Place the spikes along the back edge of one hoodie section. Pin into place.
Step 5: Attach the other section of the hoodie by pinning into place, sandwiching the spikes in between the two layers. Make sure the side seams line up on the hood section and bottom hoodie hem.
Note: You’ll need to remove the pins that you previously used to arrange the spikes and add them again to create the sandwich of layers.
Step 6: Sew a 5/8″ seam along the entire edge, starting at the hood and continuing down to the bottom edge.
Note: see how the bottom hem lines up perfectly? That is what I’m talking about in step 5. Don’t start sewing until you’ve made sure you’ve pinned it just right!
Now find a cute little toddler to slip this dino hoodie on!
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