This tutorial has been a long time coming – but finally, here it is! These cute and cuddly monster pillows have big mouths just ready to eat your pajamas and keep them safe until night time. They’re also really fun sleepover companions. If you’d like to have one of these monsters for your very own (or for someone you love) I make them in custom colours in my shop. Or, you could make your own! Here’s how:
- 3/4 yard (70 cm) of fleece for the pillow
- piece of fleece in appropriate colours for horns, teeth, eyes and eyeballs
- piece of coordinating cotton for mouth lining
Step 1: Cut the fabric
Out of the pillow fleece, cut 2 16″ (40 cm) squares (I made myself a cardboard template for this, but you could use a cutting grid or even just measure with a ruler!) and one 16 x 9″ (40 x 23cm) rectangle for the mouth
From the lining fabric cut a 16 x 9″ (40 x 23cm) rectangle
From white fleece, cut a 16 x 2.5″ (40 x 6 .5 cm) strip for the teeth and notch to look like teeth
Also from white cut two ovals for eyes. Mine are about 3 x 4.5″ (7.5 x 12.5 cm)
Cut eyeballs from black fleece.
Draw a horn shape about 5″ (12.5 cm) tall and use it as a template to cut out four horn shapes from fleece.
Step 2: Sew the Mouth
Place the fleece mouth right-side up on a table.
Place the teeth right-side down on top, lining up the bottom of the teeth with the top of the mouth.
Place the lining piece right-side down on top and pin across the top.
Sew across the top only.
Fold the lining behind the fleece mouth and press.
Place the mouth piece on top of one of the pillow pieces, lining up the bottom and sides, and baste. (Leave the top, teeth part open.)
Step 3: Sew the Eyes
Sew the eyeballs onto the eye pieces.
Sew the eyes to the front pillow piece as desired.
Step 4: Sew and Stuff the Horns
With right-sides together, sew the horn pieces together. Trim the seams at the points.
Turn right-side out and stuff. Only lightly stuff the bottoms so they can be sewn into the pillow.
Position the horns where you would like them on the finished pillow, and baste them to the top of the pillow, lining up the bottom of the horns with the top of the pillow.
**I seem to have misplaced the photos I took of the last several steps. Hopefully it’s clear enough without the photo help. Sorry!
Step 5: Sew the Pillow
Place the front pillow piece (the one with the eyes and mouth) right-side up on a table.
Place the back pillow piece right-side down on top and pin.
Sew around all the sides, leaving an opening for turning.
Step 6: Stuff and Finish
Turn the pillow right side out and stuff.
Sew the opening closed.
Ta da! Your pillow monster is finished and ready to start devouring some PJs!
If you make a pillow using this tutorial, please share your pictures, I’d love to see them! Also, I would really appreciate it if you only used this tutorial for your own pillows or for gifts. Those wishing to purchase a pillow can find them in my shop! Thanks! Happy sewing!
It’s been busy around here as the sewing machine has been humming, my hand-sewing skills have been tested, and I’ve been experimenting with new materials. 16 creatures are almost ready to make the journey to their new homes. This is the last of the group of 43 that I have been working on for the summer camp. Here are a few of the creatures ready to meet their new owners:
I love all of the detailed instructions on this one! I hope I got it just right!
The lovely Dianne Fisher of LittleFishCreations adapted her fabric design just for this fish!
“Like a Boss” was a bit of a theme with some of these campers. In this case, the lettering on the bear’s shirt was done with fabric paint, to mimic the block letters the artist wanted.
And a challenge – how to make the dragon standing instead of sitting. I’ll admit this one took a bit of drawing and redrawing to get just right, but I love how it turned out and I think he’s a nice cross between fierce and friendly. But then again, I’ve always wanted a pet dragon!Read More
I was featured on the Canadian Living blog today!!! I enjoy the Canadian Living craft blog and was so excited when I was asked to contribute! On top of the interview, I also created a tutorial for a laptop cozy made from a recycled wool sweater.
This is the laptop sweater my new (to me) MacBook travels in every day. I’ve had a lot of positive comments on it, and once the sweater is felted, you can whip one up in less than an hour. So hop on over and learn how to make your own!
It’s been an exciting day!Read More
After yesterday’s post, I thought I had better hop over here and post something a little brighter.
These past two days I have been sewing non-stop, and here are the fruits of my labours:
This is definitely one of my new favourites!
This one was fashioned after a real dog!
I love the unicorn horn on top of his head!
And a striped kitty!
I made two others today, but not before the light was gone. I’ll save those for another day!Read More
Some people say that as you get older, time seems to go faster. Well, I am not that old, but I can’t imagine a month flying by faster than this past January. Despite the weeks of cold weather, in a month that often drags by, I just looked at the calendar and can’t believe that we are well into February now.
Where did that time go?
Well, for one thing I have been busy with custom creatures. At the moment I am accepting new orders to be started in April! I have never had a waiting list before which is both exciting and overwhelming. Sometimes I wish I had the time to tackle every new project right now!
I have still been working my way through orders for the children’s camp, and I finally updated my Flickr page to showcase all of the creatures I have created so far. It’s become quite a little collection. I have been enjoying making the little creatures for the camp so much I think I might add this smaller option to the shop this spring – stay tuned for details!
And in between all that I squeezed in a custom baby toy. This little guy was fashioned after a favourite childhood toy of a woman who is now expecting her first baby. What a unique and special baby shower gift this will be! I can see why she must have liked it so much – this inside-at-night photo doesn’t quite do it justice – it’s a pretty cute toy!
In the midst of all of this creature craziness we have also been busy planning a trip to The Happiest Place on Earth. I haven’t been since I was a young child and my husband has never been, and we are so excited to be sharing in the magic with our very best friends and their two girls. I’m not sure who is more excited – the adults or the kids, and I think it might be the adults! In the midst of one of the coldest winters in recent memory, I must admit I am also looking forward to going somewhere warm!
Does anyone else find the time flying by? What projects are keeping you busy?
This was my last create-a-creature to make before Christmas. And what a creature to end with! A loving Aunty is making this a gift to her niece and was able to tell me all sorts of wonderful things about the drawing. This is a butterfly princess wearing a crown, with a striped shirt and a colourful layered skirt. The legs you see above the skirt were an earlier addition that were not to be part of the final creature. I love having details like this because it allows me to make something that preserves the original drawing but also meets the child’s vision for the creature too.
Wouldn’t you want this princess for your friend?
And now my own Christmas creating begins…. :)Read More