How to Make a Dinosaur Tail

Looking for a cute addition to your child’s dinosaur Halloween costume (or just something fun for playtime)? Make your own at home using fabric and polyfil batting for a 3-D, fun effect.

Steps

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    Pre-cut your tail. By pre-cutting the fabric, it will allow you to assemble the tail a little quicker than measuring, cutting and sewing all at once.
    • Cut the main fabric area: tail--cut 2 sections that are 22″ x 11″. Waist strap: Four pieces of 12″ x 3″. Circle cut 7” in diameter. Spikes cut two 22 x 3.5”.
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    Create tail. Measure 4.5” from the left top corner and bottom left corner of the fabric and 4” from the top of the right top corner of the fabric.
    • Mark and cut.
    • Mark and cut the same measurements on the other piece of tail fabric.
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    Design dino spikes. Draw spikes using your fabric pencil, on the inside of the fabric. Leave approximately ½” between each spike and use the entire fabric size to create the spikes.
    • Sew spikes, inside out.
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    • Cut along spike seam line, leaving approximately ¼” allowance for the entire strip.
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    • Snip the top of each spike and the corners of the spike triangles. Be careful not to snip through the sewn areas to avoid creating a hole.
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    • Turn spikes right-side out and poke spike tips outward using the end of the pen.
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    Attach spikes. First pin the spikes to one piece of the tail with the biggest spike on the wider end of the tail.
    • Sew the spikes to the first piece of the tail with 1/4" seam allowance.
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    Sew tail. Put the two identical pieces of tail fabric together, but inside out.
    • Sew tail leaving 1/2” seam allowance. Leave a space (about 4 to 5 inches) below the spike for the stuffing that will be added inside the tail later.
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    Create and attach waist straps. Put two straps together (inside out) and sew 3 sides (leaving the bottom side unsewn).
    • Trim corners.
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    • Turn strips right side out and then add top stitching along the edges.
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    • Sew Velcro pieces on the ends of the waist straps.
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    • Pin waist straps inside the tail. Make sure Velcro pieces match up so they will attach when worn. Sew straps to tail.
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    Sew the circle around the tail.
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    Stuff and close tail. Add polyfil stuffing and then replace with circle to close tail. Stitch around the sides to secure in place.
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    Done!

Things You’ll Need

  • 12 to 34 yard (0.5 to 0.7 m) fabric (nothing too stretchy)
  • 14 yard (0.2 m) spike fabric
  • 5″ Velcro
  • Polyfil batting
  • Fabric pencil

Tips

  • Use this method to make other tails such as a mermaid tail.
  • Consider adjusting the tail length based on your child’s size (smaller children require a smaller tail).

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