Caden the Triceratops

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Introduction: Caden the Triceratops

About: I've always had that "urge" to do something creative, whether it's sewing, crafting, decorating, baking, cooking, etc. I'm the happiest when I have a project to work on. Thank you for letting me "show off"...

Here's my little grandson, Caden, in his Triceratops Halloween Costume I just finished making.  His outfit is made from orange felt, his eyes are glow in the dark ping pong balls and he's carrying a paper mache dinosaur egg basket...what else would a dinosaur use to hold all his Halloween goodies!

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Step 1: Pattern Pieces

The first step to creating this costume was to make pattern pieces for his face, frill, tail, hands and feet, and then to cut them out of the orange felt. Here's the pattern and instructions I added to my blog. https://pegsgottado.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/triceratops-costume-pattern-and-instructions.pdf

Step 2: Make a Test Face

To make sure the face/frill pattern pieces were the right size, I made a "test" one.  Caden tried it on and if fit perfectly!

Step 3: Finishing Steps

Once the face/frill was sewn, the next steps were to make and add on the felt horns, glow in the dark ping pong eyes and lids and add the pupils with permanent markers.

For the spots I cut several "spots' and hand sewed them onto his sweats.

His hand gloves and feet covers were sewn together and white felt nails were cutout and hand sewn in place.  The feet covers were sewn to the bottom of his sweat pants.

His tail was sewn, stuffed and sewn to the back of his sweat shirt.

Step 4: Dinosaur Egg Basket

Caden's dinosaur egg basket was made from paper mache:
I used a 12" balloon, added two layers of newspaper pieces with a flour, water and white glue paste.  Each layer was allowed to dry overnight, or longer.
The third layer was pieces of 24lb computer paper to make it stronger and to cover the newsprint.
Once the egg was completely dry I painted it with orange acrylic paint and allowed it to dry.
Using a sea sponge I pounced on a cream acrylic paint allowing some of the orange to remain.
Once dried, I popped the balloon, scalloped the top, added an orange felt handle (with boning in the middle) and then applied two coats of spray on matt sealer.

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    13 Discussions

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    rosieroseh
    rosieroseh

    Question 7 months ago on Step 4

    thank you so much for sharing. Im still havig a hard time trying to figure out the boning, does it go along the top of the frill or where the head meets the frill? thank you

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    Pegsgottado
    Pegsgottado

    Answer 7 months ago

    Hey Rosie, I just got your message. The boning goes where the head meets the frill to help it stand up. Thx, Peggy

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    rosieroseh
    rosieroseh

    7 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this! can you please explain to me again where you put the boning? is it in the seam along the out edge of the frill?

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    SianH6
    SianH6

    3 years ago

    Him wondering what age this pattern is for? Love your triceratops, my grandsons favourite dinosaur.

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    MaryT111
    MaryT111

    3 years ago

    Bless you!!!!!

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    MaryT111
    MaryT111

    3 years ago

    Ooops! Another question............

    what does it say on the face portion pattern piece?

    Thanks again!

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    MaryT111
    MaryT111

    3 years ago

    What does it say on the frill pattern piece? I enlarged the image, but still have difficulty reading it.

    Thanks!

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    MaryT111
    MaryT111

    3 years ago

    The frill of the triceratop looks stuffed. Is it? How is it attached to the hood?

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    KristinA17
    KristinA17

    3 years ago

    How did you attach the horns?

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    Pegsgottado
    Pegsgottado

    Reply 3 years ago

    Hi Kristin. I hand sewed them onto the head

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    Pegsgottado
    Pegsgottado

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, that was fast...I just submitted this! Thanks for your nice comment. I don't have a PDF of the pattern pieces or written instructions...sorry.