As much as I strongly dislike the clutter of stuffed animals, our boys have started collecting them. They have a few that have special meaning, from an aunt or a friend, and a few they have bought with their own hard-earned money.
So when we came across this little magazine clipping with monsters you could purchase from Etsy for $35, we were inspired to make our own. The boys were really excited to try their hand at designing their own monster, and spent quite a bit of time thinking about size, shape, colour, and features.
First, they drew their own idea of what they wanted.
Then I helped them sketch a full-page version, cleaning up some of the details.
We found some scraps of fleece that worked really well. I cut up the picture so we could use it as a pattern to trace. I added about a half an inch around for a seam allowance.
I sewed the face on, then pinned right sides together. I sewed around, keeping a very small seam allowance, especially on the arms and legs.
I sewed the button eyes on, then the boys stuffed them (this is a great outside job). We stuffed them fairly full, because stuffed toys tend to get flat after a while.
I stitched the last bit by machine, rather than by hand, because after making four of them, I didn’t have the energy to finish them properly. Then I embroidered the smile & teeth.
The best part about these is that you don’t have to be a great seamstress to make them! They aren’t perfect, and every little imperfection adds to their cuteness!