Saturday 20 July 2013

Zakka Along 2.0: Dino-Mite Hat

This was a really fun project. If you have a toddler in your family (or friends have toddlers!) you absolutely have to try this one: the Dino-Mite Hat from Ayumi Takahashi's book Patchwork, Please!

It is:
1) really fun to make
2) fast to make
3) gives you a very professional result
4) gives you hours of dinosaur chasing games!

I risked it this time because I decided to use Minky dot fabric to give the effect of dinosaur's scales. I was really worried it was going to be too floppy as in the original project Ajumi had used wool, which can be quite stiff. Instead it worked beautifully and the spikes stand up straight. The fabric I used for the spikes is all "A walk in the woods" by Aneela Hoey for Moda. She has just come out with a new line called Hello Petal. I think this line will be really interesting to use because she's introduced, apart from her signature soft colours and drawings, very bold and dark colours too. Definitely adding this line to my Wish List!

I couldn't resist adding the tail with another spike at the end.
 What's a dinosaur without a tail?!

My model is Lucy but without Ella's help, none of these photos would have been possible. Lucy moves as fast as a Velociraptor!

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  1. that is really precious! wonder if I could get my nine year old wild thing to wear it? (highly dubious since he didn't even humor me when he was little, haha!)

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  2. What a fabulously cute hat.

  3. That hat is adorable. Just today I saw a tutorial to make a dino tail that would look great with the hat you made. If you're interested here is the link.!&utm_campaign=20130718_m116661737_Go+to%3A+July+18&utm_term=make_2520a_2520dino_2520tail_jpg

    The website is Click on the Children tab at the top and the dino tail is in the second row. Too cute.

  4. Oh no you didn't! I think I kind of need one of these for me!

  5. Adorable! Glad you are on the hop!

  6. Absolutely gorgeous......I've no doubt it brought hours of play. First time to your site. Have found you through Crazy Mom Quilts finish Friday. Thanks for sharing.

  7. I need two of those, or three ( one for me maybe) . Now i need to hunt down some minky ! ( impossible to find here) i will give it a good try, because this is way too cute to pass by!
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  8. Haha, sooo cool. Something to remember once my nephew grows older. :)

  9. Fabulous! I'd like one for me too!

  10. So cute! Pinned it! Thanks for sharing this with us at One Sharendipity Place this weekend!!

    Krys and

  11. Cute! :) And this kind of minky really adds the just the perfect structure to it. Great job! :)

    Dorothee (

  12. That hat is absolutely adorable! I love the spikes on top and the texture the minky gives it and the spiky tail. So, so cute! Congrats on a super fun finish and thanks for linking up!

    xo -E