For the Love of Dinos (Jurassic Badges)

Ever since I can remember I’ve been into dinosaurs. In my younger days, it was not uncommon for me to carry a Barbie in one hand and a plastic Brontosaurus in the other. Indeed, dolls and beasts lived in peace in the realm of my bedroom. As I grew older I was drawn into the thrill of the Jurassic Park films and would pore over encyclopedias for hours in search of obscure prehistoric facts.

It’s been such a joy to watch my daughter’s interest in dinosaurs (and all sorts of creatures) grow in this year of endless questions. She watches Dinosaur Train on PBS and loves stopping to examine the clear plastic tube full of multi-colored Triceratops, Brontosaurs, and Brachiosaurus in the toy aisle. That’s where the inspiration for this project came.

I really have no idea what to call these. Badges? They look so much like Girl Scout merit badges – so this is what we’re going with: badges. They’re colorful, full of whimsy, and surprisingly versatile since they can be secured with a barrette or a headband to hair, with a pin to clothing or an accessory (like a backpack), or even strung through a necklace. Be creative, folks!

Here’s the rundown:

Supplies:

  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Dino Templates (traced from images)
  • Round drinking glass or container for tracing circle

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Trace away. Or free hand it, ya show-off! Carefully cut-out the shapes. The dinosaur outlines I used had a lot of curves and crevices, so they were actually pretty difficult to cut out of the felt. Not all my cut-outs survived (you’ll notice the T-Rex missing from the final lineup. R.I.P., Brutis.).

Note: You’ll need two circle cut-outs per badge.

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Cut-out a small strip of felt which will easily fit within one of the circle cut-outs. Attach it to one of the circles using a needle and embroidery floss. Use the needle and embroidery floss to affix a dinosaur cut-out to the other circle. You can choose any number of stitches to do this. Here are some lovely ones.

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Affix a strip of felt to the back of one of your circles. This little guy is the key to versatility.
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The front piece and back piece ready to be sewn together.

Sew the two circles together using a whip stitch around the edge of the circle. Pro top: Begin your first stitch by inserting the needle through the back of the top circle (see photo below). This will hide the knotted end. Also, be sure the strip on the back of your circle is positioned the way you want it (vertical or horizontal).

dino_sew_together

Once the circles are sewn together, the badge is complete. But how can you stop with one?! Create more badges in different colors and different dino varieties…or create a different creature altogether. A bunny? A unicorn? A wombat? Go for it!

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A happy family of adorable dinos!
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Use a barrette to secure it to hair. Or loop it through something else…a belt? A necklace? A headband? You can even pin it to something.
dino_baby
A curious hair accessory for a curious girl.

So fun, no? Now if only I can get my daughter to keep them in her hair….

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