PaleoGirl Crafts


How to make a Quetzalcoatlus plush (not really). Ok, so this really isn’t going to be helpful if you’re planning on making your own, but I’ll give brief insight into my haphazard process.

1) Make a pattern. Make sure to accidentally start it out too big, and then have the whole thing be gigantic to keep it proportional just because you were too lazy to use up your eraser from the get go. I only ever draw half a pattern onto a folded piece of paper so that it’s a mirror image on the other side. Saves a lot of time and luckily most of my plushies are symmetrical like that. Oh and if you can awkwardly tape more and more pieces of random paper together to accommodate your rapidly expanding pattern that makes it even better. I generally use just 20lb computer paper as that is what is convenient.

2) Trace your awkward pattern onto your fabric. I use a purple fabric pen that you can get in almost any craft store. It disappears after a day or so so you don’t have to try to wash it off. Very convenient! (I go through a lot of them). Make sure your pattern stays still by using random objects around you to weigh it down. Quetzalcoatlus had my cell phone, tv remotes and a tape dispenser holding down its spindly arms. Anything within 5 feet of you is best as 6 feet is too ambitious. Note: I would not recommend using an open top glass of apple juice.

3) Cut out whatever pieces need to be cut out, then lay them down where they need to be. Then pin them down to get ready to sew. Make sure you pin them down with the points facing toward the sewing machine so that when you are feeding the fabric you are also constantly stabbing yourself and catching your skin on the pins. Most people pin items perpendicular to the line that’s going to be sewn to avoid this, but that’s just not how I do things.

4) Cut off excess fabric, turn inside out and voila! You’re done! Ok, so Quetzalcoatlus’s head was only this simple (and even then not really). Its arms and body had wings that needed to be hand sewn into the body, blah blah. I even had to top stitch which I hate doing because I don’t like visible seams. I avoid hand sewing unless its absolutely necessary as I am really slow at it and have shaky hands, but it was not to be avoided this time.

Anyways, the end result is a Quetzalcoatlus with a 4 food wide wing span that took several more evenings of work than originally anticipated. At least it turned out as I had imagined!