Category: Dinosaur

Peg Bag

How To Make A Peg Bag

Well it’s the post you’ve been waiting for, this is it people, it’s how to make a peg bag!

The weather FINALLY turned decent (it had torrentially raining for days).  I was able to put a few loads of laundry in and use the washing line.  It was an exciting time for us.  But I realised we needed a peg bag.

What You Need

  • Fabric- I used 4 fat quaters, because I lined mine.  Without a lining you could get away with 2.
  • Coat hanger

What You Do

  1. Position your coat hanger at the top of your fabric and draw a line along the top of it.   The cut along that line, leaving some extra seam allowance.  Then figure out how long you want the bag to be and cut the fabric to that length, again leaving some extra seam allowance.  I did this in my main fabric and lining fabric.  This was the back
  2. I sewed those front sides together, leaving a gap of a few inches in one corner so I could then turn it right side out.  I didn’t bother to sew this up yet, just pinned it closed.
  3. I used the remainder of those fat quarters to make the top of the front.  Again I followed the curve of the coat hanger for the top.  The amount I had left went about a third of the way down which was perfect.   Again I sewed them right sides together, leaving my gap in the top right corner.
  4. And I used my other fat quarters for the bottom of the front, pretty simple just a rectangle for the bottom two thirds of the front.  And sewed these right sides together, with a gap bottom right.
  5. Then I put the coat hanger on the top piece again and marked on where the head went so I could leave a gap for it.  Then I sewed the front pieces to the back pieces, right sides together. The front is just left open for easy access to the pegs.
  6. Then I ironed it, and inserted the coat hanger.  And done!

With hindsight, a neater way to do it would have been to create the lining in one piece and the outer layer in one pieces and then attaching them. Also I should have ironed the fabric first but there we go.  Still it took about an hour to make, it’s pretty, it’s got dinosaurs on it, and it’s actually practical.  Win, win, win, win!


How To Make A Soft Dino Rattle For Babies

My first project as an Aunt for my little niece is an attempt at a rattle (although it only has bells in it, so is it called a jingle?).  She is going to be 5 months old when I give this to her, so I will let her parents decide if it safe for her to play with but the only I found online to copy was for babies.

I drew a template of a dinosaur (essentially a simplified Steg) with a separate template for the body and the spikes.  I also created a piece for the underneath of the dino so it would stand up.

  • Template
  • T-shirt fabric
  • Bells
  • Toy stuffing

Dino rattle

I used old t-shirts to but the pieces from.  I cut out 6 circles in different sizes to use as spots and glued them to the body pieces.  In the end I decided to sew them in place as well to make them more secure.   I then moved onto the 5 spikes, cutting 10 pieces in total, pairing them up and sewing them right sides together. Then turning them out.

I took the body pieces and put them right sides together, I then inserted the spikes in-between the body pieces so they would be sewn in place.  Before pinning in place I put a couple of the little bells inside each spike and a small amount of toy stuffing, and then I sewed the body together.

I left the bottom and then pinned in place the last piece of fabric for the underneath of the dinosaur and sewed almost all of the way around but left enough space to turn him the right way around.  I then filled the dino with toy stuffing and bells and hand sewed the last little bit.

Dino RattleYou need to make sure there are no holes or weaknesses to the sewing so the insides don’t come out when the child plays with it.  But even if you’re not 100% convinced by the child proofing you’ve done I think it’s still a nice toy for you to jingle at a child even if you don’t let them handle it unchaperoned. 

Chocolate Dinosaur Buns

Dinosaur Buns

Dino buns1I made some buns!  I made them dino shaped using a silicone cake mold- silicone is awesome, it probably gives you cancer but the little cakes slid out so easily and it cools down really quickly too unlike metal pans.

It was a simple recipe:
125g sugar
125g margarine
125g self-raising flour (I used plain flour because that’s what I had and it totally did not work properly!)
2 eggs
3tbsp cocoa flour

Dino bunsDino BunsCream the sugar and marge together, then add the (sieved) flour and cocoa, and then the eggs.  Mix it all smooth. Then I spooned the mixture into the dino molds and baked for 10-15mins (owing to my using plain flour and over filling the molds meant it took more like an hour!).

Dino Buns

Chocolate Icing PowderI also made up some regular round cakes but split the mixture in two, one I added the cocoa and orange flavouring and the other I omitted the cocoa and added some vanilla extract.

I covered the buns with either butter cream or icing (I have some cool flavoured icing powder which is very handy).  I’m reasonably pleased with how they turned out, although after I put on the icing I lost some of the dino details.


Dinosaur Skirt

Dinosaur Tier Skirt

So I bought a child’s dinosaur duvet cover…and it was only available in a single cover because children are small and get all the good stuff.  My intention was also to make something from it (tip: duvet covers are a good source of fabric, especially second hand double ones where you get lots of fabric for small moneys).

Dinosaur Tier Skirt

I decided to make a simple skirt with an elasticated waist- no messing with zips (my arch nemesis).  To make it more interesting I made it a tier skirt; I made it with three layers.

To do likewise you first need a few measurements:

  • Your waist (at the point you want the skirt to sit, usually just above your hip)
  • Your hips (your widest point) +10-20cm depending on how much wiggle room you want!
  • The length of the skirt (from the point you measure your waist down to where you want the skirt to stop)
  • The length of the layers (optional, I started off with each layer 10cm longer than the last but changed it to 7cm when I was sewing because I thought it looked better)
  • When you cut out your fabric you need to add some seam allowance too- at least 1cm for seams and 3 for hems

My waist is 74cm, my hips are 104cm, and I wanted the skirt to be 50cm.  So I cut one piece of fabric 76cm x 120cm x 55cm.  One piece was 76cm x 120cm x 48cm, and the last was 76cm x 120cm x 39cm.

You need enough fabric to cut out these layers (or as many layers as you want) they can the same pattern or a mix and match.  You also need some elastic 1.5inches wide and the same length as your waist measurement.

Dinosaur Tier Skirt

The first thing you should do is hem the fabric- this is usually the last step but it is much easier to hem a straight line than a circle so you should do it first.*  

Then take a long strip of fabric which is as long as your skirt is wide (so for me that was 120cm as that was my widest measurement plus some extra), and the strip should be more than 3 1/4 inches wide so that it comfortably folds over the elastic.  But don’t actually put the elastic in yet.  Then fold the fabric in half longways and baste along the long edge, I use a long lose running stitch on my machine.  This is the waistband.

Dinosaur Tier Skirt

I lay the three layers of my skirt on top of each other and made sure they lined up and pinned them together.  Then I folded the skirt in half (right sides together) and sewed the pieces together.  The turn right sides out- it should be a big tube of fabric now, sort of skirt like.

Dinosaur Tier Skirt

Sew the skirt and the waistband right sides together- find the center point of it and match it to the center of the front of the skirt and pin it in place.   Then sew slightly outside of the basting stitch.  Leave the ends of the waistband open so you can feed the elastic through.

Then sew the ends of the elastic together and try it on before sewing closed the hole in the waistband.  Then you too can have a silly dinosaur tier skirt!

Dinosaur Tier Skirt

*I am a bit bossy in this post/always…

Previous Make- Stegosaurus Printed T-Shirt

Stegosaurus Tshirt

I suppose if I’d have wanted to be super fancy I would have made the t-shirt from scratch too but I just bought a pre-made one to experiment with and went to town with some dino printing.  I bought some thin foam sheets that cost about 50p each from Hobbycraft (I loves me some hobbycraft!) and drew a stegosaurus onto it.

I should point out I like dinosaurs, and was really indulging in dino love at this time of my life (I have dino stickers, posters, hair grips, fabric, cards, temporary tattoos, ornaments).  But thinking practically the image for printing had to have a simple and recognisable outline as any detail would be lost.  So a stegosaurus was the obvious choice.

I bought some Dylon fabric paint and painted it on to the foam stegs then printed them on to the t-shirt, but the foam didn’t transfer very well and I had to paint over them with a paintbrush and I ended up using a whole little pot of paint and I only painted them on one side of the t-shirt.