How to Make a Dinosaur Hoodie: Calling All Kids

My awesome friend Alida is hosting her super cool series called Calling All Kids and I am stoked to be a part of it!  The main goal of the series is to create clothing that sort of transcends the typical gender stereotyped clothing that you find at the stores… you know, pink skirts and hearts for the girls, trucks and football for the boys.

Alida Makes Presents: Calling All Kids

Well, this was a bit of a toughie for me because Ainsley is anything but a tomboy… in fact, she wants pink, all pink, all the time BUT I know how much she loves dinosaurs.  Who doesn’t love dinosaurs, right?  
Introducing, “Sparkle Fly the Dinosaur” (as named by my 4 year old)
I am going to show you a super duper easy way to make your own Dino hoodie.  Also, make sure to head over to Alida’s blog for the amazing giveaway… you don’t want to miss it!
First, how about some cute pictures of my little dinosaur?
As soon as she saw this hoodie, she put it on and hasn’t taken it off since.  I would call that a winner.
She walks around everywhere saying “Rawr!”
This is such a quick and easy project.  
I used a hoodie from Target that we already owned.  Sure, you can go ahead and make your own, but I figured it would be best (and easiest) to recycle.  I also used about 1/2 yard of purple fleece and then a small amount of batting.
*With your hoodie laying face down, cut the entire back in half, including the hood.  Split it right up the middle and turn inside out.
*Cut lots of triangles out of your fleece. 
*With right sides together, sew 2 sides of your triangle.  Clip corners, turn right side out.
*Stuff with a small amount of batting.
*With the sweatshirt inside out, begin sandwiching your triangles into the back, so that your raw edges are aligned. Continue until the entire seam is filled with triangles.  Sew using 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Trim.
*Flip sweatshirt right side out.  I also used the same method to add some into the sleeves.
Of course, I couldn’t leave Ethan out, so when he got home from school, I took a few quick photos of the two of them together.
They really do love each other.
Thanks so much for having me Alida.  I can’t wait to see what everyone else comes up with.  I have a feeling this hoodie will get a lot of use (although, perhaps paired with a tutu at some point 😉

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Hayley Crouse is a wife, mother and multifaceted designer. Her love of sewing, crafting, cooking and interior design infuses her daily life and naturally spills over into her online presence. She pushes the envelope of her creativity and hopes that others will be inspired to do the same. She currently authors the Welcome to the Mouse House Blog, is the pattern designer behind Mouse House Creations and is a collaborative designer with Willow & Co. Patterns.
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14 Responses to How to Make a Dinosaur Hoodie: Calling All Kids

  1. Lisa English April 19, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    Absolutely adorable! I can’t wait to see more <3

  2. Jill B September 17, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Made one for my 5 year old great nephew for birthday. By popular demand,I made 4 more for grandkids – they are a hit and you made me a hero!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  3. Elizabeth Smith December 4, 2014 at 5:32 pm #

    Hey Hayley!

    I’m fairly new to sewing and I’de really love to make this great gift idea for my nephew. She’s 17, but shes totally hooked into dinosaurs.

    After you make the cut up the back of the hoodie, Do you sort of fold the edges in and make a stitch on the inside of the hoodie, with the stuffed triangles jammed between the two edges?

    Thanks 😀

    • Elizabeth Smith December 4, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      Niece…. Mind blank! haha

  4. cara May 1, 2015 at 11:45 pm #

    This is *adorable*! Last minute (literally!) birthday gift that I hope to knock out, thank you for sharing this!

    • Hayley May 3, 2015 at 12:36 pm #

      You’re welcome Cara! I hope it worked out for your gift :).

  5. Kristen August 2, 2016 at 11:48 am #

    Thanks! I have been looking everywhere for something dinosaur for my Dino-loving 2 yo girl! She loves dinosaurs, diggers and princess dresses!

  6. Helen Robinson October 21, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    This is such a cute idea. Must try.


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