Monday, July 4, 2011

July Jamboree Guest Post: Stuffed Monsters by Kim of Seven Thirty Three

Hi Sew Dang Cute readers!  My name is Kim and I blog over at seven thirty three - - - a creative blog.  You'll find lots of crafty things over there, as well as many free printables!

Here's just a taste:

Pinkalicious Birthday Party with lots of free printables

See!  Lots of great stuff!  And I also do custom blog design (yes, I did Tam's design for her).  If you are in the market for a new design, stop by seven thirty three - - - custom blog design.  I would love to work with you!
This Independence Day I am going to share with you the favors I made for my son’s upcoming 4th Birthday Monster Bash!  My son, Mason, chose the theme and asked if I could make Monsters for each of his friends to bring home.  When one of my children asks me to craft for them, how can I say no?  He worked with me closely on the stuffed monsters and I am going to share with you how we did it.

Mason wanted total control of the appearance of the monsters so I had him draw some up and I did my best to match them.

You will need:
A fabric of your choice - I purchased 3 yards of flannel and made a total of 10 monsters.

Lay out your fabric - I folded mine in half so that I only needed to cut once for each monster.
I free cut my shape out following my son’s drawing as a guide.  If you prefer, draw the shape of your monster on your fabric with a disappearing ink marker and then cut out.  (If you are doing more than one monster, I suggest cutting out all of your monster shapes now and then working on them assembly-line style).

Set aside the body and grab your felt.  Cut out your embellishments.  As I stated before my son wanted control so he chose how many eyes each monster got, whether they had a nose, and what expression the monster had.  He also dictated the colors that were used and how many teeth they got!
Choose which side is your monster’s face and layout your facial features.  Make sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch space from your edge.  Pin the felt pieces to the body.  Sew your pieces on with a variety of stitches.  I like to use a zig-zag stitch around the edge of the eyes, I use a straight-stitch for the pupil and usually do it in an X-shape.  These are monsters so have fun!
Now that your face has been applied, place the fabric right sides together.  If you want to add ribbon hair or crazy ribbon legs you will want to add your ribbon now (making sure you have it pointing IN towards the face and the cut ends pointing OUT.
Straight stitch all the way around leaving a 3" opening to stuff your monster. If your monster has legs I suggest leaving your opening in the crotch of the monster.
Flip right side out.
Fill with stuffing.  Make sure to really squeeze it into the limbs and fill your monster nice and full.  Hand-stitch your monster closed and your are done!  Super cute Monsters to help make the Monster Bash even more fun!
I also created Adoption Certificates for my son and his friends.  They each will pick and name their monster, and I will write their names on the certificates to make it OFFICIAL!  So of course I am going to share the printable certificate with you guys!  Click here to download your very own Monster Adoption Certificate for your own Monster Bash!

And did you see that potato looking monster?  We have plans for that little guy at the party, so make sure to stop by seven thirty three and sign up to follow so that you don't miss more free printables and the party wrap-up post!

{Troublemaker of the group!}

And before you leave I thought I would share a few more of my monster-related links with you... these would also be great favor ideas for a Monster Bash:
DIY Monster Hot/Cold Pack
Monster Be Gone Spray (Boy and Girl Free Printable)
Thanks for having me, Tam, and I hope you are enjoying your sweet little bundle!


  1. Those are the cutest, funniest monsters ever! What a clever idea to have your son draw them. I'll keep that in mind for some future time. Christmas maybe if I can get all the parents to have their child draw a monster and send it to me!

  2. My kids have been begging me to let them sew something on the machine (we've just done hand stitched small pillows so far) and these would be perfect! Even if the kids make some mistakes their monsters can still be really cute. I LOVE your idea!


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