The Dextersaurus hoody

April 5, 2014

I have such an exciting project to show you. I’ve seen this on Pinterest and a few other sites before hand and have been meaning to make it for ages so today I finally did it.

I took my sewing machine round to my mums and we had a little sewing date. (She was taking up some curtains and making a bunting for my niece)

Anyway.. Since the moment we picked Dexters name, one of his nicknames has been Dextersaurus. One of the first things he wore was a little dinosaur vest and his little tuft of hair was sticking up like spikes, so this hoody is just perfect for him.

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All you need for this is

A plain hooded top
Some coloured felt for the spikes
A sewing machine and thread.
Fold the bottom of the felt upwards to the height of the spike desired. Cut out a triangle using the bottom fold as the bottom of the triangle. (Once you open it out it should make a diamond. Repeat this step until you have enough spikes.

Fold the hoody in half to make sure they go straight down the centre. You can mark you centre line if you want with tailors chalk or similar.

To attach each spike, lay the diamond shape where you want the base of the spike to be. The fold in the middle of the diamond should sit level with your centre line of the hoody.  Pin them in place first to make sure you are happy with the spacing and then once happy, sew along the original fold in the diamond.

Once you’ve done that, refold it in the same spot to form the triangle of the spike and sew the triangle closed. It should look something like this.

Thats pretty much it! Repeat this for the rest of the spikes and you’re all set.


I’m making a couple more of these for some relatives children once they’ve decided what hoodies they want them on. I’m hoping to do my niece a pink one with pink and purple spikes. I cant wait to see how it comes out.

Thanks for reading. Let me know if you get stuck and I’ll try and help if I can x



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  • Reply Louise October 30, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for linking up with this week’s #FlashbackFriday. I love Dexter’s nickname. It is very cute and suits him with his spiky hair. I love the hoody that you made for him. You are so talented. I am a little bit jealous of anyone who can make / custom their own clothes. I have a friend who makes a lot of her children’s clothes and you would never know they were home-made unless she told you. I on the other hand am no good when it comes to the simplest of things where sewing is concerned. I can fix a hole and that is about my lot.. add a sewing machine into the mix and we’d just be asking for trouble xx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby October 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      That post actually give me far more credit than it should. I wish I could make my own clothes from scratch. I can ‘alter’ if thats what you’d call it but nothing more than that.

  • Reply Jessica Powell November 8, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so cute! We’re always getting Marianna to ‘roar like a dinosaur’ so I might have to have a go at this! 🙂 #FlashbackFriday

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby November 9, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Ohhh you’ll have to show me if you do one!

  • Reply Mrs Lighty July 20, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Dextersaurus! Love it! I’m so going to use that name on my own little Dextersaurus!! xxx

    • Reply Leslie Rickerby July 23, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Hahaha We’ve called him that since before he was born

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