DIY Dinosaur Hoodie
It’s kinda embarrassing how long it has been since I have made a post here. I needed to take a step back for a bit while I was busy growing and birthing our fourth boy(!), figuring out how to homeschool my kindergartener, and just general busyness with family, home, church, and whatnot. But I am ready to be back now. 🙂
With four boys, we are big on hand-me-downs. They are a practical necessity. And actually, my boys get really excited when I pull out the bags of stuff in the next size. (By the way, I totally need to share my new way of organizing clothes. It has really been working well! Maybe next post…) They don’t really care that it was worn by the next brother up, especially when the hand-me-down is something as cool as this!
Yep, it’s a dinosaur hoodie.
I actually made this for my eldest son when he was 2, four years ago. It has been well used by the first three boys, and I completely expect it to be on my boy number 4.
Well, enough intro, let’s get to how to make it.
DIY Dinosaur Hoodie
Felt in a contrasting color
Thread to match felt and hoodie
- Print out the Dinosaur Hoodie Template and choose what size and shape you want your spikes to be. Keep in mind the size of your hoodie and the fact that the smaller the spikes, the more sewing you will do. For reference, the green spiked hoodie is a size 3T, and I used the smaller spikes. The orange spiked hoodie is a size 4T, and I used the larger spikes. The red spiked hoodie is a size 8 and uses the larger spikes, as well. I am also including rounded versions of both in case you want a different style of dinosaur.
- Cut out the template of your choosing and use it to cut out spikes out of your felt. Cut one or two more than you think you need so you don’t have to be hindered in the sewing process.
- Pin the felt to the middle line of your hoodie starting at the top, matching the middle of the felt piece with the middle line of the hoodie. (I like to use hoodies that have lining in the hood, like the one in the picture, and when I do, I make sure to only pin through the first layer, and I hand sew the felt for the hoodie portion. This is totally optional, though. For a fast hoodie, or one without any lining in it, use the sewing machine for all of it.) Pin one spike right after the other, being careful to stay on the middle line of your sweatshirt. When you reach the end of your sweatshirt, depending on the size, you may have some space leftover. You can either leave it blank (what I usually opt to do) or make the spike a little skinnier to fit the space.
- Sew down the middle of the felt spikes, either by hand or with the machine or a combination of the two (that’s what I did on this black hoodie).
- Take the two sides of each spike and fold them up. Pin them in place.
- Sew along the edge of each spike, either by hand or with a machine.
- Admire your work and the dinosaur you made.
And that’s it. Simple, but the results are so adorable. And I don’t know about you, but two is such an adorable age. My kids seem to be the cutest at that point. Also, the most trying. (I barely got this photo. He wants to wear this jacket everywhere except when I want to take a picture.) That’s probably God’s provision in making sure they are cute while they drive you bonkers–so you won’t kill them. Don’t judge me. If you’ve lived through the two-year-old stage, you’ve been there.