Make Your Own Brontosaurus


You will need: pencil, paper 10″ x 25″, pins, 27″ x 45″ piece of cloth, scissors, needle and thread, wire, stuffing, two buttons for eyes, and felt.

  1. 1

    Draw a large grid on paper with lines 1″ apart. Looking at small grid illustrated, redraw pattern pieces onto larger grid, matching square for square.

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus
  2. 2

    Pin pattern pieces onto cloth that is folded with right sides together. Cut around pattern edges, remembering to cut out four leg and four circle pieces. Remove patterns, then pin main body pieces with right sides together around edges and stitch by machine or hand, making 1/2″ seams. Leave openings for stuffing as indicated on pattern.

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus
  3. 3

    Clip seams at curves, being careful not to cut through stitching (see illustration).

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus
  4. 4

    Turn animal body inside out and stuff tail and body. Sew tail closed by hand. Cut piece of wire 3″ longer than neck and head. Bend ends of wire 1/2″ to form loops (see illustration).

    Place wire inside head and neck. Sew ends of wire to dinosaur. Stuff head and neck. Sew neck closed by hand.

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus
  5. 5

    Fold each leg piece in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew 1/2″ seam. Sew circle onto end of each leg with wrong side facing you (see illustration).

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus
  6. 6

    Turn leg inside out and stuff. Pin legs onto body and stitch in place, turning edges under. Sew button eyes in place. Felt claws may be added.

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus
  7. 7

    To make plants, sew strips of cloth into tubes, turn inside out, stuff, sew ends shut. Decorate with different trims.

    Make Your Own Brontosaurus

[illustrations] Illustrated by Shauna Mooney