DIY Stuffed Monster Toy

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. 

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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. 

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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!

 

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Marya R

I live in Bowmanville, and am a mom to four young boys - it can get a little loud in my house. I am a Christian, a part-time French teacher, a piano teacher and former homeschooler. I love finding the best deals, which will come in handy when our boys become hungry teenagers! We just moved to a house with more outdoor space, and I'm still getting used to life in the country (a walk around the block is a lot longer here!).

8 comments

  1. Super cute, Marya! What a great idea and will make such good memories.

  2. I collected many stuffed animals back in the day. I still occasionally pick one up now and again. It’s great how unique and fun these look!

  3. I did something similar with my boys but it was not an Etsy shop. I think the place you ordered from did a really good job.

  4. Look how cute it came out! I think every kid would like these, they’re sweet. :)

  5. I know my girls would love these. They are into monsters and creepers and all of those kinds of things. I am not sure why but these are so cute!!

  6. These are adorable and they will love them even more since they did it themselves!

  7. What an interesting project :-) They can be great income earner too for some moms.

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