Dinosaur Tutorial + Giveaway

Need a project for the weekend? Do you want to make a super cute, squishy, soft dinosaur? You do! Well you’ve come to the right place. And if you don’t want to make one you can enter to win one! Yay! You can enter to win even if you want to make one. ;)


Okay let’s get stated!

Gather your supplies as outlined in the photo above.

Print the Pdf and tape the three pieces together. You can size to your liking, but when printing at 100% you will make a dinosaur 17″ nose to tail. Cut out two Dinosaurs, 1 regular, 1 reverse, use two different fabrics if desired: The easiest and fastest way to do this is to lay your fabrics on top of each other right sides together, pin the pattern on top and cut out.

To cut the felt spikes cut a strip of felt ( I use my ruler and rotary cutter, but you can measure it out and cut with scissors) that measures 2″ x 18″. Take strip and cut the triangles out, you can make them as uniform or as wonky as you want, just make sure to start the points 1/2″ from one side so you have that strip to sew in the seam.

Pin Spikes to one of the dinosaurs. Starting at the neckline and pinning till you are 1/2″-1″ from the tail end, if you spikes are longer than that just cut off the extra.

Sew the spikes on using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to lock or reverse/forward your seams at beginning and end so the stitching doesn’t unravel.

Make sure to pin the spikes up on the tail so they don’t catch in the bottom tail seam.

Pin the two dinosaur pieces together and sew around starting on one side of belly and ending on the other so you have the belly portion open to turn and stuff the dinosaur. Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Make sure to lock or reverse/forward your seams at beginning and end so the stitching doesn’t unravel. If you serge the seams now would be the time to do that. If you have never serged it is a good way to add stability to the seams, either use your serger or a zigzag stitch around the edge.

Once sewn, clip all corners and curves so the seams ease nicely once turned.

Turn the dinosaur poking out all the corners and tail to gain the proper shape.

Finally stuff the dinosaur to your desired softness, the more stuffing the less crinkly any of the corners or curves will be. Once stuffed to desired softness you can do a hidden stitch (what I use) or a whipstitch to close the  belly opening.


Now for the Giveaway! The above dinosaur will go to one lucky winner who comments on this post! :) Yep that’s it. Although if you tweet, blog, or instagram it you can come back and let me know if the comments and you get additional entries! Yay!

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy your weekend!





Brown Paper Packages

I started wrapping gifts! I usually wait till the last minute before leaving or sending so this is good. Although, any packages I have to send may not arrive before Christmas! ;)

I always try to go with a theme for packaging. I like simple and cohesive so the last couple years I have gone with craft paper wrapping. This year I am using paper doilies, old library cards, black and white bakers twine, and these bright tags I found at Target last year. But I know they would be so easy to duplicate on your home computer.

I can’t pass up packages of vintage paper doilies at thrift stores, so I have quite a collection that doesn’t seem to dwindle. I used the doilies on gifts for women and girls, and I have a stack of library record cards I thrifted for the men and boys packages. You know they are a little more manly than doilies. :)

For gift cards I popped them in a brown bag with a some washi tape to keep closed. Simple and easy, and it looks cute.

Unfortunately I haven’t put any under the tree yet since Luke has tried to open a couple that where up there earlier. But that’s okay. I like seeing a little pile of gifts in my studio space. I still have a bunch to wrap but I think with this system I can do some whenever I get a chance and be done without any stress. :)

I have also had to wrap up some non Christmas related gifts lately. I have been whipping out these fabric scrap pompoms in such a short time to adorn them.

So I threw together a little tutorial for you on how I made mine. Although I am sure there are loads of great tutorials out there. :)

Cut long strips of fabric roughly 1/2″ wide. I just ripped mine from the edge of a vintage sheet I had. The longer the strip the fluffier the pompom. This one is probably 6 feet long.

Wrap the strip around 4 fingers, ( you could also cut a piece of cardboard for a bigger pompom or so you don’t have to use your hand)

I made two wraps, and then cut a 8″ strip. Lay the two wraps next to each other and tie in the middle with the extra piece.

Cut the folded edges by sliding you scissors into the fold. Fluff the pompom and tie onto your package. I also cut a bunch of strips 4″-8″ and tied them together just under the pompom to hang down.

The package pictured has 3 pompom of various thickness attached in a cluster.


Check out Kim of Oh Sweet Joy’s wrapping post today! It looks like we are both fans of craft paper wrapping. ;)


Thanks so much for stopping by!



Chubby Hedgehog

Hello Lovelies! I made this sweet hedgehog from a fantastic tutorial/ pdf pattern I found via pinterest.  The Hedgehog is from the lovely LollyChops blog. You can download and print the pdf for free from her blog. Cool right?

This little hedgehog was made as a gift for a just turned one year old girl. It is a smaller toy and seems the perfect size for one year old hands to hold onto. The Tutorial called for using a sizzix to cut out the spikes if you have a sizzix. I don’t so I cut out a leafy shape and then used that as a pattern to cut out a bunch from fabric and the rest of felt. I think I used somewhere around 30 spikes, but looking at the tutorial my spikes are a bit bigger. I also stitched my front spikes with a fun x in aqua, and used the same thread to tack down the rest. I like that bit of contrast the aqua thread gives it.

This is a great pattern. Simple, quick, and cute. Plus it’s easy to add your own flare and personality with different fabric, the shape of the spikes, and the face features. I will be making it again and would highly recommend it for a fun gift or for you. :) I think it would be absolutely awesome made rather big too, and may try that out next time.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Foxy lady

I saw the fox tutorial on a beautiful mess a couple weeks ago and just had to try it. Such a great simple softie to make.

I grabbed some Denyse Schmidt Houndstooth from Joanns in a lovely two toned orange and got to work. The tutorial gives you the basic shape of the fox, but you draw your own actual pattern. This is fun to me because it gives it a little more originality. I used felt for the nose and eyes instead of buttons since most of the time I make the softies for kids and don’t want any choking hazards.

I dug into my vintage doiles and pulled out this lovely yellow one to use as her belly. I quite like it.

I highly recommend you try the tutorial out.  Especially because it yields such cuteness for not a lot of work. This little fox is heading out as a surprise for a little someone. :) I have three more all sewn up waiting to be stuffed and sent to some little  friends.

I just want to express, all opinions are mine, I was not asked to review this tutorial. I also only make items like this as gifts, not to resale.


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Shaped Bag

I wanted to make a quick little project a couple days before our trip. You know, for the satisfaction of finishing something quickly. :) I decided a little pouch for my stitching project I was planning on taking with me on the trip. I wanted something a little different than I normally make so I did a google search and found a tutorial from Needle and Spatula: A Pleated Pouch.

I love the little curve the darts at the bottom make in conjunction with the pleat at the banding.  I altered the dimensions a bit. I made mine a couple inches longer and wider to fit the project I wanted to carry. But that was simple to do since the pieces you cut are rectangles to start with.

Her tutorial was great, clear and simple. I will hopefully find time to make some of these in the future for other projects and as gifts.

This holds a lot. I fit an approx. 18″x24″ of linen, a couple small piece of fabric, several skeins of floss, a 6″ embroidery hoop, and a pincushion. I didn’t measure the pouch and am to lazy to run upstairs to do that, but I think I added 3 inches to her width, 1″ to the banding height, and maybe 1″ in height to the main fabric. ?!?!?! Don’t quote me though. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!

::I am sharing this tutorial link and project of my own accord. I find tutorials and use them periodically and I will hopefully be sharing them more in the future.

Campfire Pillow Tutorial

Dana from Old Red Barn Co. asked me to do a tutorial on this campfire pillow I posted about back in December. She is hosting a giveaway of a Felt Campfire Pillow I made on her blog today. Go check it out and enter!

Let’s get started!

To make this pillow you will need the above supplies + the pattern pieces. The sewing machine is optional because you could sew the whole pillow by hand if you don’t have a machine or don’t know how to use one. As for amounts of fabric, my pillows measured 24 inches tall when I finished them. I used roughly 3/4 yd of white duck for the background fabric for two pillows, and 3/4 yard polka dot backing fabric for two pillows. I used the printed quilting fabric I had on hand for the flames and logs but each was roughly 1/2 yd ( I had plenty of scraps leftover) I also used 3 tan felt 9″x12″ rectangles for two pillows. For the felt pillow, I purchased 3/4 yd of orange, 1/2 yd of yellow, and 1/4 yd of dark brown.  The amount of fabric will depend on how large you make your pillow.

For the Pattern pieces, they are all ready to print on 8.5″x11″ paper, and they are all scaled to each other, i.e if you print 1 at 100% print the others at 100% also, if you enlarge 1 to 200% print the others at 200% as well. To print at 100% so it is just the 8.5″x11″ would make a small pillow roughly 12″ tall. You can either enlarge the pattern pieces and have printed on a large printer, print each piece in sections and tape together (what I did), or use the patterns as a guide to free hand sketch you own.

Orange Flame Pattern : Yellow Flame Pattern: Log Patterns


Cut each pattern piece out of the respective fabric you are using. Once cut, arrange pieces on the background fabric in the arrangement shown below.

Pin the pieces to the backing. As you may notice there is not a pin in the top of the middle log. This is because I will be lowering that log so I can sew the piece underneath down a bit, and then I will put that log back in place once that is finished. After pinning all the pieces to the background fabric, cut out the background fabric about an 1″-1.5″ around the perimeter.

Sew the pieces to the background fabric. I went in this order: 1. Long log (lifting the flames and the middle log to sew underneath. 2. flames ( lifting middle log to sew just under edges) 3. middle log. 4. light brown front of logs (sewn by hand)

On the pillow made of all felt (shown above), I sewed everything by hand since it won’t fray and I like that the hand stitched detail shows up nicely against the simple felt and adds a bit more interest.  On the Pillow with mostly fabric pieces (shown below) I machined stitched  all of the fabric pieces down (since this fabric will fray) and then hand stitched the front of the logs for a nice detail.  You could do a combination of hand stitching and machine stitching, or 100% of either.  It is mainly up to you and your preference.

With the pieces all stitched to the background fabric, you will then take your backing fabric (orange polka dot) and lay the two right sides together, pin them, and then cut out the backing fabric.

Now sew your front piece to your backing. This can be done by hand using the backstitch. Make sure to leave an opening somewhere to stuff it, my opening was in the bottom center. Once sewn, clip all the curves and corners so it will lay flat once it is turned.  Turn pillow.

Stuff pillow and sew up that opening, hand sew – I used the whip stitch, or machine sew.

Now enjoy your campfire pillow.

I hope that my directions are clear. But definitely email me or comment with any questions that you have. I would love to see any creations made from this tutorial and pattern. Please let me know if you blog about it or add your photos to my flickr group.


I also want to mention that this is not my original idea, as in my post about the first campfire pillow I made for a gift, I saw this on Michelle’s blog vintagejunky and am just sharing how I made it.


Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget to hop over to Dana’s Blog for the giveaway!