Sewing, Homeschooling and Craziness






Isn’t he a cutie?? LOL

This is a tutorial to make the dinosaur shirt and matching pants. I begged him to let me make shorts but nope…. he wanted pants. LOL Β If you want to use the same dinosaur print I got it at Joann’s. πŸ˜‰


This is what I used-

1 yard for the pants

1/2 yard of knit for the shirt

1 package of coordinating bias tape

1/2″ elastic

a ball point needle (for the knit)

A pair of pants that fit your child

A t-shirt that fits your child



Step 1 –



Fold the fabric over and place the pants on top with the crotch pulled out as far as it will go.

Cut around the pants leaving room for the seam allowance.


Step 2 –



Flip over the pants leg you just made and place it a fold of the fabric. Cut the second leg using the first as a guide.



Step 3 –






Cut out a dinosaur picture.

Remove the cat from the fabric!!! Good grief!!

Cut out another dinosaur picture (I did that so I can make a second shirt to go with a pair of shorts I made a little while ago)


Step 4 –



Pin up the side of one leg from the bottom to the crotch. Now, when I sew a seam first I do a finishing stitch along the edges and THEN I go back and sew either a straight stitch or another finishing stitch. I realize this is backwards (LOL) but it’s just the way I prefer to do it. πŸ˜‰

Do the other leg the same way.


Step 5 –


Turn one leg right side out and slip it into the other leg


Step 6 –





Remove the cat from the fabric, AGAIN!!!! SIGH….

Pin up the sides and sew it up, reinforcing the crotch.



Step 7 –


Fold over the top 3/4″ inch and press. Fold over 1″ and press creating the elastic casing.


Step 8 –



Cut your elastic 1 to 2″ smaller than your child’s waist measurement. 2 if it’s VERY stretchy!

Pin both ends with safety pins and insert one end into the elastic casing while holding tightly or pinning the other end.


Step 9 –


Sew the 2 ends of the elastic together using a zigzag stitch.


Step 10 –


Sew the elastic casing closed.


Step 11 –



Turn up the bottom of the legs 1/2″ and press. Then turn up 3/4″ and press. Sew the hem.


Now the pants are done!! YAY!!!


On to the shirt!


Step 1 –



Fold the shirt in half with the sleeves tucked under and place on the fold. Using the shirt as a guide cut around leaving room for the seam allowance.


Step 2 –


Place the piece you just cut on the fold and cut the 2nd piece.


Step 3 –


Place your bodice piece over the fabric with the fold at the top. Use the armhole as a guide to cut your sleeves.

They will look like the picture below.




Step 4 –



Pin the dinosaur piece to the front of the shirt and sew a straight stitch around the edges. You can zigzag around the edges if you want to, I just like the look it gets when it frays a bit. πŸ˜‰



Step 5 –


Pin the tops of the sleeves together and sew. πŸ™‚ Right sides touching if your fabric has a right and wrong side. πŸ˜‰


Step 6 –


Pin the sides together and sew the seam.


Step 7 –



Pin the sleeves together at the seam allowance and sew the seam.


Always make sure to press your seams open or to the side. πŸ˜‰ I should have been saying that all along……


Step 8 –



Turn the shirt inside out and turn the sleeve right side out. Insert sleeve into armhole, pin and sew the seam.


But be careful not to do this……. LOL



ROFLOL!! I was getting a little tired yesterday….. LOL


Step 9 –


Take your bias tape and pin it around the neckline. Sew it on. πŸ™‚


Now, I seem to have lost or forgotten to take the pictures for the next steps but they are simple so I will just type them out.



Step 10 –

Pin the bias tape around each sleeve and sew in place.


Step 11 –

Fold over the bottom of the shirt 3/4″ and press. Fold over an 1/2 and press. Sew the hem. Press!


Turn right side out! You are DONE!! YAY!!!




As always let me know what you think about the tutorial. Is it easy to follow?? And definitely let me know if you try it out!!!! πŸ™‚



J2 said to me today that my fabric stash resembles the Leaning Tower of Pisa! ROFLOL!!!!


Comments on: "Dinosaur Shirt and Pants Tutorial" (27)

  1. How cute are these! If only I could sew! I would love to make pants like that for my daughter so I might have to start learning. I’ve done little projects, but I’d be scared her pants would rip if I tried this πŸ˜‰ I would love if you shared this at my Throwback Thursday link party. I hope to see you there! πŸ™‚

  2. I envy your sewing ability!! As much as I love crafting, I’ve never been any good at sewing – sigh…thanks for sharing an hope you have a fun Passion Parade weekend!

  3. Yvonne G said:

    Good Heavens Stacy! That boy is growing up FAST!!

  4. So cute and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing it at the All Star Block Party.

  5. Very cool! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!

  6. I love that dino print! The outfit turned out great πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  7. Just wanted to stop by and thank you for sharing this at my Throwback Thursday party! You already know how much I love these! I hope to see you again this week. πŸ™‚

  8. Fabulous tutorial and such cute results! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  9. It’s amazing how kids clothing turns out so well from the clothing tracing method!Thanks for sharing at Sew Country Chick!

  10. Love the dinosaurs! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

  11. You’re sooo talented!! Love the shirt and pants!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. What at cute outfit.

  13. HAHA This is so funny. I have cat removal issues too. What a cute outfit you ended up with!

  14. […] made them same way I did his dinosaur PJs. Β The only difference is that I made my own bias tape and did a lettuce hem at the […]

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