Dinosaur Softie

Dinosaur Softie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Rawr means I love you in dinosaur and what’s not to love about this sweet dinosaur softie?

It’s made with soft minky so it’s perfect for little ones to cuddle with.
The ribbons add a cute touch and make it a great sensory toy for little hands.

I made this little “rawr-rawr” for my cute nephew who loves dinosaurs.
It was so easy to whip up I can’t wait to make more for the other little boys and girls in my life!

Dinosaur Softie

– Supplies –

– Supplies –

Fabric (I used 1/4 yard Baby Blue Rose Cuddle Minky)
Ribbon (I used 1 1/2″ Sand N Sea Preppy Stripes Ribbon,1 1/2″ Brown with White Polka Dots Ribbon, 7/8″ White With Brown & Turquoise Polka Dots Ribbon, 7/8″ Copen Satin Double Faced Ribbon, 1/2″ Adorn It Dotty Dots Ribbon, 5/8″ Blue Peacock Vintage Ribbon, 3/8″ Aquamarine with White Swiss Dots Ribbon, 3/8″ Dark Royal Solid Grosgrain Ribbon, 7/8″ Brown Solid Grosgrain Ribbon, and 1/2″ Royal Blue Ric Rac)
Paper to draw out a pattern

The first thing you’ll need to do is make yourself a pattern.
Wrapping paper works great! Its inexpensive and lightweight.

Draw a simple dinosaur shape on your paper.

Fold your paper over and cut out two dinosaur shapes at the same time.
My dinosaurs measure about 16″ x 10″ but you can make yours whatever size you want as long as you have enough fabric.

Pin both of the dinosaur “patterns” to the wrong side of the minky fabric.

Cut out your minky around the the patterns.

Minky is messy stuff! So, keep a lint brush handy!

Set your dinosaurs aside and cut your ribbon into 5″ strips.

Prepare your minky dinosaurs by placing the right sides together.

Pin your ribbons to the dinosaur so they are facing toward the inside of the dinosaur body and “sandwiched” between the two dinosaur pieces.
After you sew the dinosaur and turn it inside out the ribbons will be facing out.

Continue pinning your fabric together all the way around the dinosaur pieces.

Begin sewing your dinosaur pieces together. Make sure to backstitch.
I started sewing on the right foot.

Continue sewing all the way around your dinosaur, removing the pins as you go.

Leave an opening so you can turn it right side out.
I left the spot between the legs open.

Turn your dinosaur right side out.
You can use That Purple Thang to help with the tail.
I couldn’t find mine so I used my Easy Turner.
You can also use the eraser side of a pencil, just be careful not to poke it through the fabric.

Stuff your dinosaur with fiberfill, adding just a little at a time.

Fold the raw edges inward and hand sew the opening shut.

Isn’t he cute?

Dinosaur Softie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

To complete your dinosaur you just need to add some eyes.
I used buttons but if you’re making your dinosaur for an infant you may want to consider using felt or safety eyes instead.

Dinosaur Softie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

And that’s it!
Now he’s ready to be cuddled!

Dinosaur Softie - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

Now you can make a whole herd of dinosaurs!

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  1. Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:50 am | Permalink

    That is super cute!!!

  2. Gloria Holmes
    Posted February 21, 2012 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    I love this! While reading it, I was thinking of the little ones that I could make this for. Thank you!

  3. Sarah
    Posted February 28, 2012 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Too cute! I’ve a niece who has done her nursery with a lot of dinosaurs so this would be just right for her and her little one ;o)

  4. Regina Wade
    Posted April 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    So so so cute!! Good job and thanks for the great tutorial!

  5. Elizabeth
    Posted April 24, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Try this — if you iron an un-cut piece of freezer paper (shiny side down) onto the minky (wrong side), then trace on your pattern, you only have to cut once, no pinning required (for cutting at least), and it makes the minky easier to work with. After he is cut out, peel off the freezer paper and continue as usual.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted April 24, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      Wonderful advice Elizabeth! Thank you! – Shirley 🙂

  6. Rosa Maria
    Posted August 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Permalink

    Es un encanto , por su sencillez

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted August 22, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

      Hi Rosa! Thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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