A Tyrannosaurus Taggy

A while ago I pinned this onto my Stitch in Time board. Today I had a go, to create a little gift to accompany one of the sets of burp cloths made yesterday.
I copied the pattern freehand onto card, guessing what size it should be and adding seam allowance. I then cut two copies, being sure to flip the template over for one so that I had the two right sides of fabric.

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I then cut out eight or nine pieces of ribbon, in colours that matched my fabric. I used some of the same fabric I used for the burp cloths.

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Alternating the two colours, I pinned them pointing downwards inside my two pieces of fabric, which were now right side in. It felt like this wasn’t right as I imagined I would see them sticking up like they do when it’s finished, so here I had to be patient and cross my fingers.

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I then continued pinning around the rest of the edge of the dino, leaving just a gap near the tail. I machine sewed around the edge, and went over the ribbon section twice, thinking this part would be especially likely to be tugged. I wish I’d left a slightly bigger gap, but I managed to wiggle my little finger around and gradually pulled it through until it was the right way around. Then it was ready to press. Since last time I was forced to stuff my Jack rabbit with cotton wool, this time I made sure I used wadding, or quilting at least (is there a difference?). Having left a bigger hole would have again been helpful, and stuffing the dino was definitely the most time consuming part of the process, though not at all difficult.

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It’s surprising how much stuffing something so small can take, and it was hard to know whether it would end up being unevenly hard or squishier in certain places. I continued inserting stuffing until I thought it seemed full, then pinned it ready to hand sew the opening closed.

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I used ladder stitch (I think) to try and close the gap neatly but tightly. Here he is.

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2 responses to “A Tyrannosaurus Taggy

  1. What an amazing idea! I’m going to have to try that sometime. What a great dinosaur 😀

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  2. Oh my gosh! It’s adorable

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