Friday, 6 September 2013

Felt Dinosaur Pattern

Ok, it's time to talk dinosaurs! The University of Alberta just put out it's first massive open online course, Dino101: Dinosaur Paleobiology, through Coursera. I signed up right away, of course, and started working through the material this week. To celebrate, I am sharing a pattern for this cute simple dinosaur.

Click HERE to download the free pattern.

This is an image file that can be shrunk or blown up to the desired size. It can be used to make anything from a lapel brooch to a cushion. If you prefer a PDF of the pattern, it is available through Craftsy HERE.

Thanks to the first two lectures, I now know that this guy would have been a giant herbivorous sauropod, with strong pillar-like legs, who got his energy from plant matter fermenting inside his massive gut. I can also identify his major bone groups, and the main features of his teeth. I can't wait to find out more! Fellow dinosaur geeks, head on over to Dino 101 and check it out.

I hope to come up with some more felt inspiration over the course of these lectures. Perhaps a Tyrannosaur skull brooch? In the meantime, I've been working on some cross-stitch. Here's a peek at Bradley Brontosaurus, a kit I got from GeekArray on Etsy. (This lovely seller also sent me a second kit that I'll be starting soon, yay for good service!) More on this project once it has been framed.

I also have my eye on this Rawr means I love you in dinosaur cross-stitch, and hope to get to it in the near future. Here are some other dinosaur projects that caught my eye:

Every kid should have a play dinosaur tail!  I can only imagine how much fun I could have had  with one of these as a littl'un.

Make big cuddly stuffed stegosaurus with this DIY dinosaur tutorial, or a small delicate one with the Steggy pattern from DeviantArt user lulufae. The Little Black Teapot blog has a tutorial for making one out of an orphaned sock, or check out their simple stuffed dinosaur pattern and tutorial.


  1. heh, so awesome. :) I wish I had enough time to hit up all the coursera classes I wanted to look at!

  2. So cute! My 3.5 year old is CRAZY about dinos so when I ran across the free pdf on Craftsy I had to hunt down this post. Def glad I did- bookmarked the stuffies too :D