Jess of Running With Scissors, offers a fantastic tutorial for a dinosaur dress up tail for kids. Clark just celebrated his third birthday, and I thought that some imaginative dress up props would be perfect for him.
I followed Jess's tutorial, and came up with my own polka dotted felt version. I used only materials I had on hand, which made it very economical. I used my Accuquilt Go! Baby with my circle die cuts to cut out the polka dots. My Go! Baby definitely saved me lots of time (click here for the giveaway).
I personalized the dinosaur tail by stitching the year and love mom on a couple of polka dots on the inside of the tail.
One thing that I wish I'd done differently is the spikes. The two layers of felt provide it with quite a bit of rigidity, but I wish that I'd topstitched the edges to hold them in position better.
I mentioned that I used only materials that I had on hand, and that includes the filling. Rather than using a poly fill, which can be a bit pricey, I stacked up plastic grocery sacks and used my rotary cutter to cut them into strips. I then used all of the plastic strips to tightly fill the dinosaur tail. There is a bit of a crinkling sound when Clark straps on the tail, but he doesn't mind one bit and either does my pocket book.
Clark loves his new dinosaur tail, and if I don't happen to finish up his Halloween costume in time, this would be a perfect back up. What dress up props do you have in your home? I'm thinking that a box of props is going to help beat cabin fever come winter.
Remember that there are just a couple more days to enter the accuquilt Go! baby giveaway. Also, starting Monday of next week I'll be kicking off Top-toberfest, so gather all of the links to your top and tee creations so that you can link them up to the party.
Thanks for reading.