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!
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!
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I have been having so much fun making iPod cozies this past week. It all started when I saw a photo of a monster iPod cozy as I was researching ideas for my children’s sewing classes (I already have 17 students signed up for the first class- eek!) A few hours later I was down in the sewing studio surrounded by felted sweater scraps and sketching up some new critter ideas when the two ideas collided and animal iPod cozies were born!
They are such a fun project, and so perfect for holiday gift giving, that I thought I would share a tutorial so you can make some too! (or, if you’d rather just adopt one, there is a growing zoo of iPod animals available in my shop!)
Animal iPod Cozy Tutorial
You will need a felted sweater (or larger sized scraps), wool felt (I use an acrylic/wool blend felt from this shop), and embroidery floss
Step 1: Cut the basic cozy pieces
From the felted sweater you will need one 4 x 5.5 inch piece for the back, one 4 x 4 inch piece for the front, and one 4 x 2.5 inch piece for the head
Step 2: Cut ears, eyes, noses and tails
From the felt, cut the necessary facial features for whatever animal you would like to make. For this elephant I cut two eyes, a trunk, two ears, and a tail. You could draw these on paper first, or do what I do and eyeball it. If you are using a really thick felted sweater you could also use the sweater felt for tails or ears. Because I wanted to use the sweater felt but didn’t feel it was sturdy enough, I also cut a second set of ears from the wool felt which I sewed together in the next step.
Step 3: Sew on your facial features and tails
Use embroidery floss to anchor the eyes and create eyeballs. Attach your other facial features to the head, and your tail to the back. I prefer to attach all of my facial features by hand-sewing, as I think the stitches are less noticeable, but you could also use the machine if you prefer. I used the machine to stitch together the two ear layers and to attach the tail.
Step 4: Pin it together
Place the back of the cozy right side up.
If you have ears, place them also right side up, lining up the bottoms with the edges of the cozy. In this case I also put them about 1/4 inch down from the top so they wouldn’t get caught in the stitching!
Place the head piece right side down on top.
Place the top piece right side down, overlapping the head piece.
Step 4: Sew and clip corners.
Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew all the way around the cozy. Clip off the corners close to the stitching.
Step 5: Turn right-side out and do a happy dance – you’re done!
Enjoy! If you make your own cozy I’d love to see it! Please feel free to share links to your pictures in the comments.Read More
For the last few months I have steadily been teaching my students how to sew. It began with a plastic canvas project that was part of a special “learning lab” that we do at my school. To introduce the topic of sewing I brought in a number of things that I had made for students to see. Including an elephant stuffie.
“You made that stuffie?”
“How did you do that?”
“Are we making stuffies? Can you teach us to make stuffies? Yeah!!!” (coupled with lots of jumping up and down and cheering from the rest of the group.
Well, we weren’t making stuffies. But I promised the students that if they worked hard at learning how to sew that one day we would make stuffies together.
And hard they worked. Every single one of them sat on our meeting mat for an hour (this is Kindergarten and Grade One. This is not something I see every day!) stitching colourful yarn in and out of their plastic canvas shapes. Some of them even got mad when school was over for the day!
So almost every day after that I was asked “Are we going to make stuffies today?”
And then the day finally arrived – stuffie day was here!
I kept things simple for this young crew. For some of them, this was the first time they had been allowed to handle a sharp object!
They began by drawing and cutting a basic stuffie shape out of scrap paper to be their pattern.
Then they chose their fabric and used their pattern to cut out the body of their stuffy.
That evening I started a needle and thread for all of them. That way they could get right to sewing the next day without waiting for me to help them thread their needles.
They watched intently as I showed them how to do a whip stitch (which they remembered was like going around the edge of the plastic canvas.) Then I let them on their own! There were a few tangled threads, one or two poked fingers, and a lot of needle threading, but then it was time for stuffing.
“Eek! What’s that? It’s so fluffy!” Suddenly a group of small hands were plunging in and out of the stuffing bag.
Once they had their fill of feeling the squishy stuffing, they stuffed their critters and sewed the final hole shut. I helped them with tying the knot in their thread and they were on their way!
Out came the fabric glue and a huge bag of scraps from my sewing room, and they went crazy adding eyes, noses, fins, legs and tails. Then they came back for more sewing so their stuffies could have pillows. And blankets. And collars. And whatever else they could think of.
Seriously, how cute are these critters?
Yesterday, I brought our bag of sewing supplies out again and asked if anyone wanted to sew. I had an instant stampede of students to the meeting area! So more stuffies were made, and this time some of them realized that they could sew on their legs, eyes and ears and didn’t have to use the fabric glue at all.
And I’m a happy teacher, threading needles, tying knots and watching all of the sewing happiness!
Have you taught kids how to sew? What projects have they enjoyed the most?Read More
Isn’t she cute?
The birthday girl aslo enjoys making things, so I also included all the materials so that she can make a family of fairies on her own, and a few things to create a fairy house, too.
I might just have to make a few more of these….Read More