I thought of crocething one but didn't find a pattern that fancied me, though there are a couple to be found on the internet.
I picked up that he found a swimming dino at a "boot sale" and that was quite a catch, so decided to make him one. I first had to polish up on my dino knowledge as I knew how the swimming ones look like but the name..... so found the one he had on internet: Elasmosaurus.
I drew a pattern and then went in search of dino fabric in my stash. As I have 2 girls it was quite a search. At last I found green and purple checked fab so hope it is boyish and dinoish enough.
As I was cutting the Elasmo I thought it would be nice to stuff it with beans. That would be a little bit less soft for a boy ;-) and more fun.
I've never made a bean animal before so I have no idea what beans to use, does it make a difference. Well, I've found some bean tutorials on may search
- purl frog (she suggests dried mung beans, lentils, or buckwheat...now to find the Dutchversion)
- bean bag buddy (made from a sock and Split peas or dried beans)
- Ginger bread bean man (felt)
- Basic bean bag (knitted)
- Otedama - Japanese bean bag
- Snake bean bag (video, and this one is filled with rice)
- Cat doorstop bean bag
- snoogem (bunny)
of course you can throw the beans into almost anything you'd use fiber fill in I guess, like into this rabbit tutorial