Scrap Monsters are good for a laugh!
April 21, 2020
This week’s free project to sew is our popular Scrap Monster! This little guy brings a smile to your face and is a great stash-buster too. This project is easy for kids to sew with a bit of help.
You will need:
- fabric scraps (cotton fabrics are the easiest to work with on this scale)
- sewing machine or hand sewing needle
- small fabric scraps or fibre fill for stuffing
- one or two buttons for eyes (they don’t need to match)
- embroidery / sashiko / perle cotton thread for stitching the face
- a printed copy of the pattern (see download pdf below)
1.Carefully cut out paper pattern pieces using paper scissors.
2. Choose 2 fabric scraps and place them fancy sides together lining up one edge. Stitch pieces together along the edge to form bigger pieces as shown. They don’t need to line up exactly. Add a 3rd fabric scrap if needed to make a piece big enough for the monster front.
3. Repeat step 2 to create a piece for the back.
4. Cut out monster front and back from the bigger fabric pieces you made. Cut out left and right ears (front and back) from the same scraps or different ones.
5. Place front and back left ear pieces together with fancy sides facing each other. Sew around the 2 curved edges with a small running stitch. Repeat with the right ear front and back.
6. Turn each ear through so the fancy side is facing out.
7. Lay monster front down fancy side up. Fold ears almost in half, flip over and pin to each edge as shown.
8. Lay monster back on top with fancy side facing down sandwiching the ears in between. Pin along the edges.
9. Sew the edges together with small running stitches leaving a 1-2 inch gap in the leg or bottom for stuffing.
10. Turn your monster fancy side out through the gap. Use a chopstick to gently poke the corners to turn them out fully.
11. Stuff your monster with the stuffing. Use a chopstick to gently push stuffing into arms and corners.
12. Sew opening closed with small stitches tucking in fabric edges so they are not seen.
13. Use embroidery / sashiko / perle cotton thread to sew the mouth. Use 2 strands together as 1 if using embroidery floss. Tie a knot in the end of your threads. Start your first stitch in the spot where you will attach the eye button so your knot will be hidden by the button. Then bring your thread out through the end of the mouth and sew big stitches to give him a quirky smile.
14. Continue with the thread to sew a cross for his missing eye (or use a button). Finish by sewing on a button for his other eye. Or use your creativity to give him eyes to show his character!
Then give them a name and a story. Enjoy!
Download the printable pattern here (letter size page).
Show us your monsters! Share your makes with us by email or tag us in your pics on Instagram or Facebook @stitcherybc#isewlation #portmoodysews