Make your own dinosaur soft toy

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This week I whipped Carter up a big soft toy dinosaur… he loves it- and maybe you might know a little boy (or girl) who might like one too…

Dinosaur soft toy free pattern You will need about 30cm of fleece, a small amount of contrasting material for the spots and felt for the spikes. Ive included a copy of the pattern for you to print here.

Cut out 2 of the pattern on the wrong side of your fleece:

Dinosaur soft toy free pattern And the eyes, the spots and the spikes.  I didn’t include the spots or eyes on the pattern…  these bits are what gives each dino its own personality so let your creativity go wild (ok… I admit I forgot to add them :)). Carter’s dino has 11 spikes, but this could vary depending how close you space them so Ill leave the number of these up to you. Choose a heavyish felt so the spikes stand up.

Once you have all the bits cut out, sew the eyes and spots on the RIGHT side of each piece.

Then with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER pin the spikes in place – evenly down the length of the entire body/tail.  They will be facing downward (if that makes sense), in between your two body pieces of fabric with the spike facing the toes and the long piece of the triangle getting caught between your seam along the top of the dino.  I hope this makes sense! Once you’ve pinned it, sew the entire way around (allowing about 1cm seam allowance) leaving a 5cm ‘hole’ in the belly between the legs to stuff it.

Dinosaur soft toy free pattern Take care not to catch the tip of the spike in the seam on the other side of the neck… Like this. Ahem… unpick and resew if you do.

Dinosaur soft toy free pattern Snip any bulky seams and turn right side in, using a knitting needle or something similar to poke the corners (carefully) out. Stuff it and hand sew the final seam closed… give to impatiently waiting child… who doesn’t put it down for the rest of the day!

Dinosaur soft toy free pattern Enjoy! Hope you are having a lovely weekend, Jxx

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42 thoughts on “Make your own dinosaur soft toy

    Lissa said:
    September 22, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Adorable! Thanks for sharing :0)

    Alessandra said:
    September 22, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    I’m the “little” girl who would love one!!! ;o))
    Beautiful, happy weekend, xxx Alessandra

      Janette responded:
      September 22, 2012 at 10:46 pm

      Truth be told I’d quite like one too!

    Claire said:
    September 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    Really really cute!! I must make this for my sister-out-law (they’re not married lol)… she LOVES dinosaurs… she’s 41 lol …. but she will LOVE it!!! Thanks :) xx

      Janette responded:
      September 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

      I hope she likes it, I have orders to make these for my nephews for Christmas too!

    creative pixie said:
    September 23, 2012 at 4:53 am

    Thanks for sharing – it’s given me some real inspiration for my 3 nephews Christmas presents – dinosaurs here we come!

    Sarah - Crafts from the Cwtch said:
    September 23, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Hi Janette, Another GORGEOUS idea – I know a boy who would love this!!!! Might keep it up my sleeve for Christmas – I’m determined to make more this year.

    Thanks for your recent comment. I have to tell you I’ve been having problems commenting on some blogs from my iPad lately too. Much easier to read them on there, but not so great to comment. Anyway, it’s lovely to hear from you :D

    I just made one of the Hello Kitty hats from Crochet in Color and saw your comment on the post. Did you ever make one? It looked like something I could imagine seeing here!

    Have a great week

      Janette responded:
      September 23, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      I didnt, but Maia is still asking about it- I think she got too many hats this winter as it was so maybe next year!!!

    wendy said:
    September 23, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Something so simple and so fun for a small or big person, Excellent!!!

    silverblackbird said:
    September 23, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    Gorgeous! And fairly easy too :) Your little boy looks so happy with his new friend!

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    September 28, 2012 at 5:00 am

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    Amanda Littler said:
    December 29, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Absolutely loved this dino, so just made my first toy for my grand -daughter Olivia. Your pattern and instructions were so easy to follow. Thank you x

      Janette responded:
      December 29, 2012 at 11:25 am

      I’m so glad it turned out so well, I hope Olivia loves hers as much as Carter loves his!!! What a lovely Grandmother you are xx

    Erin Shakespear said:
    February 2, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Hi there! I just wanted to say thanks for such a brilliant tutorial. My son wanted to make himself a dinosaur stuffie last week and he whipped one up himself. You can see a picture here…

    Thanks again for sharing the template and instructions for this! He was so incredibly proud of himself. :)

    Ali said:
    February 5, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Its so cute, and your boy is adorable!

    Tammy B. said:
    February 10, 2013 at 7:01 am

    Wow! How stinking cute! I am doing a Dino shower for my daughter! This will be perfect! Thanks so much for sharing this Dino pattern! I don’t sew, but I think even I can handle this one! So very excited, I may even make me one! Sew glad I found you!

    marjtrundle said:
    February 19, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Thank-you for this pattern. I was searching google for a dinosaur pattern and came across your lovely pattern. This is just perfect for what I want. I know a dear little boy who is mad on dinosaurs and I have some left over Ponti fabric that looks like dinosaur skin, so I want to make him one. I am so grateful for your generosity of making it free.

      Janette responded:
      February 19, 2013 at 10:24 pm

      You are very welcome, the fabric sounds perfect!!

    Sammi said:
    March 12, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Fab idea! I’ve been wanting to make my boys something and this is perfect :) thanks for the inspiration x

    Gemma Drew said:
    March 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing, made one for my little boy. It’s as big as he is and he loves it!!

    Dona said:
    April 14, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Thank you – going to make these for the kids at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital next week!
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    Maryann Gilbert Neal said:
    May 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I am having my first grandchild in September. It’s a boy. My son absolutely LOVED dinosaurs as a child, so I thought I’d make one for his baby boy. It is adorable. Greatly appreciate the pattern. God bless.

      Janette responded:
      May 2, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      You cant go wrong with boy’s and dinosaurs! xx

    Cathy said:
    May 4, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Thank you for the free dinosaur pattern I love sewing softies and sewing dolls I make toys every year for The Mirabel Foundation in Melbourne Australia and this pattern will be great for a boy.

    Susan said:
    September 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Thank you SOOOO much for the pattern! My 3rd old daughter LOVES dinosaur, she carry it around everywhere, my husband suggested cut the few smaller spikes for head and tail which makes it look more like stegosaurus!

    My daughter bagged me to make her a four leg version of this dinosaur, unfortunately I am not skillful enough every try I run into dead end. The dino’s belly was always flat so it won’t stand up properly and looks more like a water dinosaur. Could you please help?

    Zuzana said:
    October 31, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I loved your dinosaur and I made one for my daughter, too. I recently posted it on my blog, I hope you do not mind that I mentioned your blog – in fact I recommended your tutorial to the others. It is very well done. Thanks a lot. If you would like to see the post on my blog, here are the links:
    in English:
    and in French:

    Tracie said:
    December 28, 2013 at 7:03 am

    I can’t believe I found this!! My son requested a long neck dinosaur some months ago and I can’t draw well enough to make the pattern nor did I find one online. A huge thanks for making it for me! He is going to love this dinosaur and his mama even more for making it:)

    Joy said:
    February 20, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I’ve just made one of these for my three year old. I just altered it by adding a belly panel (in a contrasting fabric) to give the dinosaur 4 legs. I’ve also JUST realised that I forgot to add the spikes! Aah! How can I post a photo?

    Hazel said:
    March 31, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    That is so cool and Carter really seemed to love it. I need to make a soft toy dinosaur for a friend’s son’s birthday in July and this is perfect. His favourite colour is pink tho so definitely a different colour scheme will be required! Thankfully I have an old pair of pink fleece pj bottoms that can be recycled ;)

      Janette responded:
      April 1, 2014 at 8:31 pm

      Fleece pjs will be perfect, what a fun way to up cycle them!


    Hazel said:
    June 21, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I’ve made mine at last it looks a bit wonky and gathered in places so hoping stuffing it will take that out. Fingers crossed. Will post photo once finished x

      Janette responded:
      June 21, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I’d love to see a photo! Wonkiness just adds to the character! Xx

        Hazel said:
        June 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

        I’m hoping to stuff him/her in the next few days and will definitely send photos once complete. I didn’t add a spike where the neck curves into the body but it’s left a gap. I made a spotted neckerchief yesterday to fill said gap! So it’s very well dressed!! I’ve allowed 2 months to make mine there was no way I could do it in a few days as I have quite severe M.E. I also sewed my spots and eyes on by hand using blanket stitch and embroidery thread as I can do that in bed and it’s easier for me than using the machine. I haven’t quite got the hang of sewing curved lines/circles neatly with my machine yet! I’m very chuffed with it all so far and loved using your pattern, thanks for sharing it xxxx

        Janette responded:
        June 21, 2014 at 9:10 pm

        Wow he sounds wonderful. I love the sound of a neck kerchief! Xx


    Hazel said:
    June 26, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Hurrah! Finished at last. Unfortunately I can’t upload a photo here but I’ll try and put some up on your Facebook page. My Facebook name is Farnsworth Schofield-Smith but you’ll know it’s me as my dinosaur is bright pink!
    Hazel xxx

    sassy02 said:
    June 30, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    He is adorable I a couple grandbabies that will love him, thank you for the pattern!

      Janette responded:
      June 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      Great, I hope they work out well! x

    Ruthann said:
    November 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Loved this pattern, Plan to make several.

      Janette responded:
      November 15, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      Great, good luck!

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