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So as Christmas approaches my brain goes into overload about gifts for others. My handmade gift to-do list pretty much is on overload. Last year I made a couple of handmade gifts...here, here, here, and oh yeah here...and this year once again I just couldn't help myself.
So this week I am going to share some handmade gift ideas with you. Gifts of all kinds, for all different people on your list. I am going to do a little holiday version of my Project Series. Project Handmade Christmas Presents.
I am going to start off the week with my Hoodie-a-saurus. Now, first off, I can't take the credit for the original idea of this super cute sweatshirt. I came across the original idea, where else...pinterest. I fell in love with the idea right away and with several dinosaur loving boys in our life, I knew it was a must.
I knew that I wanted to change it up just a bit. I wanted it to have a little more of a rocker embellished look.
I am so happy with how they turned out and I know our nephews will be too.
So I thought I would give a little run down on how I took her tutorial, tweaked it a bit and made my own version.
Here is what you will need:
cheap sweatshirt ( I got mine at The Mart)
felt, about 1/4 yard for 1 toddler sized sweatshirt
iron on stabilizer
coordinating felt or fabric for patch
coordinating embroidery floss
First step is to work on the scales. The easiest way to do this is to first determine how big you want the scales to be. I liked mine a little bigger. Draw a triangle in that size. Fold your stabilizer up just enough to allow for your triangle to fit. The folded edge will be the bottom of your triangle. The point will go to the edge you folded up. Keep folding and tracing as many triangles as you will need to go from the back of the sweatshirt up to the front of the hood.
The 24 month sweatshirt took 7 and the 3T took 8.
Cut out your triangles, not cutting on the fold. They will then open up to this diamond shape.
Iron each diamond onto the felt you want. Follow the instructions that come with the stabilizer.
Once all of the diamonds are ironed on, cut out leaving about 1/4" edge all around the stabilizer.
Pin your diamonds with felt side down onto the back of your sweatshirt. Make sure measure what the middle of the back is. Pin first one just above the waist part. Follow up, point to point all the way up the hood. If there is a middle seam in the hood, the middle of the diamond should line up with it.
Pinning over the hood can be a bit tricky...just breath, be patient, and do the best you can.
To attach the scales, start at the diamond by the waist. Sew up the middle of each scale. Again, sewing on the hood is tricky. Go slowly. Again breath and be patient. I did have to rip out stitches on the blue hoodie once because I was trying to speed demon my way through.
Once the scales are sewn on. Fold in half so that you sandwich the stabilizer in. Pin together. Then with coordinating thread sew each scale closed. Starting at one bottom point going over the top of the triangle and stopping at the other bottom point. Repeat with all the scales.
Now you can stop here...but I just couldn't. I had to add some umph.
First I googled dinosaur silhouettes. I picked out a simple one. One that I wouldn't pull out my hair cutting out or sewing on.
This guy was the winner.
For the olive hoodie I used this orange felt. The glory of using felt is that you don't have to finish the edges. You can simply cut out the shape and sew it right on. No applique type techniques needed.
Then you can easy peasy add some rocker embellishment to the pocket with some coordinating embroidery floss. I simply just looped several times around the edge of one spot on each pocket with a needle. The beauty is that it can look a little messy. I mean they are supposed to be rocker dinosaurs, right?
So the blue hoodie was a little more difficult. I chose to use regular fabric for that dinosaur cut out. Which meant I had to either blanket stitch it on or satin stitch. The bad news is that I am not great at either...but because I was going for a rocker look, I knew I could purposely have it be a little rough around the edges...quite literally.
Now the hoodie or hoodies are all done.
I loved both of mine immediately. Not sure Littlest did. In fact during the photo shoot he was a little grumpy about the blue one.
So then I put on the olive one.
Happy it seems in his cousins hoodie-a-saurus.
So it only seemed...
I soon had a photo session catastrophe on my hands. If the hoodies weren't his, he didn't want them on.
So I took my prized handmade Christmas present off him before he could shed tears and probably snot on them.
Now they just need to be lovingly packaged and wrapped up for our dino-loving nephews. I can't wait till they try them on.
Do you have any dinosaur fanatics in your life? I am pretty sure they would love to have one of these! I am told my 19 year-old sister would even like one...hahaha...maybe someday K.
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