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Free quick dinosaur embroidery

Want to whip up a roar-some design? Try your hand at Jessie Doe's wild dinosaur embroidery patterns.

a trio of dinosaur embroidery hoops

Ready for some roar-some embroidery? Stitch your own set of prehistoric pals with these quick and easy miniature hoops. This trio of dinosaur embroidery patterns was designed by Jessie Doe for Love Embroidery issue 15. 

The designs consist of three dinosaurs, the spinosaurus, the stegosaurus and the brontosaurus! Did you know? The spinosaurus is the largest known carnivorous dinosaur? Even bigger than the famous tyrannosaurus rex! Well, once you’ve stitched up these three mini hoops you can share your fun dino facts with your friends and family. Do you have a favourite dinosaur?

This design is ideal for beginners as each hoop is small and quick to make. They contain only a few stitches which are all easy to learn. If you are unsure we have stitch guides below to help! If you are brand new to embroidery and want to get up to speed before creating your dino friend, check out our embroidery guide for beginners.

Dinosaur embroidery stitches key:

For other stitching help, try our embroidery stitch library.

What you will need for the dinosaur embroidery:

  • Cotton fabric: 25x25cm, white

  • Stranded cotton: 1 skein each of black, brown, dark green, light green, grey, orange and yellow

  • Embroidery hoop: 13cm diameter

  • Mini horizontal oval embroidery hoops: 6.2×3.4cm (ours are from Dandelyne on Etsy)

  • Strong craft glue

  • Basic embroidery kit

Free template:

You’ll also need the free dinosaur embroidery template.


You Will Need

  • Cotton fabric
  • Stranded cotton
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Mini embroidery hoop
  • Craft glue
  • Basic embroidery kit

Total time:

To create all three

Step 1

Use one of the smaller oval discs and an erasable pen to mark out three ovals on your fabric, leaving a 2cm gap between each of them. Transfer one design from the templates into the centre of each oval using your preferred method. Once all three are transferred, mount the fabric into your 13cm hoop ready for stitching, making sure the surface is taut like a drum. Beginning with the spinosaurus, work the main body in vertical Satin Stitch using two strands of brown and the belly in horizontal Satin Stitch using two strands of light green.

dinosaur embroidery step 1

Step 2

Fill the crescent-shaped spine with Satin Stitch in two strands of yellow. Add Lazy Daisy Stitches on top in two strands of orange for the details. Finish with a small French Knot in two strands of grey for the eye.

dinosaur embroidery step 2

Step 3

Work the stegosaurus’ main body in vertical Satin Stitch using two strands of light green. Then, work the belly in horizontal Satin Stitch using two strands of grey.

dinosaur embroidery step 3

Step 4

Create the back spikes using Leaf Stitch in two strands of thread, alternating between yellow and orange. Add four Straight Stitches in two strands of orange on the tail for the tail spikes. Finish with a small French Knot in two strands of black for the eye.

dinosaur embroidery step 4

Step 5

Stitch the upper body section of the brontosaurus with vertical Satin Stitch using two strands of dark green and the lower body in horizontal Satin Stitch using two strands of light green. Adjust the direction of your stitches to echo the shape of the design as you go – this will help to accentuate the curvature of the neck and tail.

dinosaur embroidery step 5

Step 6

Use two strands of grey to add French Knot details to the back of your brontosaurus and to add the eye as well. When you’ve finished stitching, mount your mini dinos in your miniature oval hoops following the packet instructions.

dinosaur embroidery step 6

More like the dinosaur embroidery

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