Sunday, March 18, 2012

Tutorial: How to make a Dinosaur (Stegosaurus) Taggie Doll

Here is a fun taggie toy that you can make for a baby boy (or girl~). I used soft minky fabric that I got from Joann's, but you can use whatever fabric you have on hand.

Materials needed:

-fabric (2 rectangular pieces approximately 6.5" x 11" each)
-ribbon pieces
-fabric pen
-embroidery floss, button (optional for embellishments)


1) Print and cut out template. (Click HERE to retrieve the pdf)

2) (Note: We will be mainly working with one of the pieces of fabric first.) Trace the "hump" part of the dinosaur onto right side of one of your rectangles (from "start" to "end" on the pattern). This way, you will be able to see where to pin and sew your ribbon pieces.

3) Pin your ribbon pieces in place. Make sure the loops are facing inward. Trace the "hump" part again so that you can see where you will be sewing.

4) Sew the ribbons in place, from "start" to "end".

 5) Trace the outline of the dinosaur on the wrong side of fabric. Use the curve that you sewed in previous step as a guide to line up the hump of the dinosaur.

6) Add embellishments if you so desire (i.e. eyes, mouth, initial on the back). I used a brad for the eye and embroidery floss for the mouth. 

7) (Now we will be needing that second piece of fabric.) Now with right sides of fabric facing each other, pin the two layers together. Sew from "start" to "end" (backstitch at the beginning and end). Make sure to leave an opening where you will be flipping the dinosaur right side out. (Note that I do not cut out the outline and then sew a 1/4" seam allowance, but rather I sew along the traced outline itself.)

8) Trim off excess fabric and clip around curves (especially if you are using bulky fabric). Make sure to leave enough fabric where the opening is so that you will be able to sew it closed. Flip right side out very carefully. It might be a bit tight, but as C-bub would say "don't get fustrated, mommy". 

9) Stuff with polyfill. Use a slip stitch to close the opening. Here is a good tutorial on slip stitching. 

I was going to give Stego to my friend's baby, but C-bub loves it and has made it his own. I guess these taggie toys are great for kids of all ages! :) Happy Sewing!


  1. I love this. It's super cute! I'd love for you to share on my Monday linky

  2. Oh I love this too!!! I am SO going to make these for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes and shared it on my blog I know the children who receive this will be blessed!

    1. Me too! I LOVE making crafts and sewing items for the boxes!!! God Bless you!! <3

  3. Love this idea and made some of my own. Blogged about here -
    Thanks :)

  4. I appreciate this tutorial so much. I attempted making one these with no template or guidelines, and as a beginner, it proved very difficult. I never would have thought to sew first then cut. You are truly amazing.
    I wrote about making one here:

  5. Thank you for such a great tutorial! And the pattern! I cannot wait to make this for my nephew-to-be :)

    I made one as a gift for a friend who is expecting!

  7. Supercute, it was love at first sight. I immediately made one for a pregnant friend. You can see the result at my blog:

  8. Oh thank you! I went to your blog and it is super cute. Thanks so much!! Hope you continue to bless others with your talents. :)

  9. Same story! Just did one for my dear friend. Thank you for sharing! Wrote about it and linked it back to here. :) Just adorable.

  10. Love this! I've been looking for the perfect boyish baby toy for my new nephew, and this is it! Love your idea of sewing, then cutting out. I'm also adding a (clean) chip bag for some crinkle, and a bell for noise. Thanks so much for the pattern!

  11. Thank you for this pattern. I'm some what of a novice, only having made bunting prior to this. It was the perfect project for the next step. My son is four so I swapped the tags for triangles made out of two layers of felt sewn together along the edge and trimmed with the pinking shears. I let him choose the colours and pass them to me in the order he wanted them put on, and he helped me to stuff it. He loves it.

  12. Oh thank you for this pattern!! I adore dinosaurs, and even though we don't have kids yet, we may have a few of these just waiting for them! Or our cats will have a new stuffie... LOL My best friend is due next month, I will probably make one to send down to her, since they don't know if they are having a boy or girl this will be a perfect neutral present.