Friday, April 30, 2010

Monster Stuffies!

There are so many tutorials out there to help you design your own monster stuffie, I figured "why not"  add another "how I did it"!

My mother likes to remind me how I'd plan birthday parties’ months in advance when I was a little girl. Not much has changed. I still like to plan parties, and now with 4 kiddos added to my mix I can go all out! When my youngest turned 2 & 4 earlier this year I knew we needed something special for their joint party.  As an added bonus I got to deplete my stash of some polar fleece and stuffing. I made 24 polar fleece monster stuffies, with a little design help from my kids of course!

First, I had my kiddos "design" their monsters.  Simple shapes...OK not so simple for them!  Finally I told them to concentrate on half an outline.  I folder each piece of paper in half and had them draw half a monster shape.  This was the cut out result:

 
Next, I digitzed some "monster eyes" and stitched them out on my embroidery machine.  I didn't want to go to all the effort of embroidering each monster with his/her own face, so I made the eyes various sizes to sew on each monster later.
 
 
Then we cut the polar fleece and "designing" their look:
 
 
All we did here is pin eyes, felt/fleece pieces for mouth, nose, teeth, etc. After sewing them on (using some zig-zag stitching), we had 24 little monsters on our hands!  Here you can see a sample of what
 was made:
 
 
It was a fun project!  My kids had a blast doing it and our party guests all got to take one home!  Whenever I'm at the preschool, some child will come up to me to tell me how their monster is doing.

The best part?  I'm now storing less fabric than I was before!


19 comments:

Maridith @ Strictly Homemade said...

Oh that is great! That is super nice you have an embroidery machine to make the eyes. Super cute. These would make great gifts!

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Ginger said...

Cute! I love anything monster...Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Jami said...

Oh I just love these! Please stop by and link up to Theme Party Thursday over at my blog. :)

Kim said...

I totally love things like this to use for party favors. They're one of a kind, you had fun making them and for sure the kids had fun receiving them. What a wonderful idea.

Kristin said...

These are adorable... I mean scary! You did a really nice job on them.

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

These are monstrously adorable! Your newest follower from "Buzz on By Thus".

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

Great stash busting idea, and so cute!

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Cass @ That Old House said...

how adorable! cutest monsters I've seen today. :-)
Cass

Misty said...

Those are adorable!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

Joy said...

So cute! Thanks for linking to Fantabulous Friday @ Mommaskindacrafty!

Cristie said...

What a fun project for you and your kids. It's always fun to get the kids involved. Thanks for sharing. Hop over a check out my blog.

Karen said...

Thay are just so gorgeous! Well done. Cute, cute, cute!

Lisa said...

These are so cute! And funny!

LouiseTheBlogger said...

I love this! This great idea will be featured on Monday!!

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Louise

C.R.A.F.T. said...

LOVE these! come on over and link up to MMM :)

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

ah these are super cute! I am going to have to do this for some of the kids for Halloween. Come link up @ Ladybug Blessings Handmade Tuesdays next week! www.ladybug-blessings.com

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