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Design Your Own Monster - Monster Stuffies

Updated on January 29, 2017

Design a Monster Softie, Monster Stuffie, Monster Plush

Monster stuffies are also referred to as monster softies, monster plush, etc., but it doesn't matter what you call them. It just matters that you make them and make lots of them. The beauty about monster stuffies is the fact the homlier they are the better. If your completed monster stuffie resembles a young childs art project, then you know you made the perfect softie.

So don't worry about your skill level. Design your own monster with peace of mind. You truly cannot do anything wrong. There is no such thing as a monster mistake in this project.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Monster Material
Monster Material

Making Monster Stuffies

The Makings of a Monster

If you design your own monster, it may be helpful to start with a sketch. Then gather up all the available material and supplies you can find. Now you can begin to design your monster stuffies.

Of course, don't be tied down to a sketch either. The important thing is to let your creativity loose. You may notice my finished monster looks nothing at all like the sketch I started out with.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Design Your Own Monster Softie

Monster Stuffies - Design Your Own Monster
Monster Stuffies - Design Your Own Monster

In the picture above, you'll see I used fiberglass window screen to "cover" the front and back fabric pieces of my monster's body. Fiberglass window screen is very soft and is a dream to sew. See example project here.

I laid my fabric on top of a larger piece of window screen, sewed close to edges on the machine using a basic straight stitch and then I trimmed the window screen with craft scissors. (My sewing scissors are only used for fabric.)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Design Your Stuffies - Monster Arms and Legs

Designing Your Stuffie
Designing Your Stuffie

Arms and legs for my monster softie were created out of rectangular pieces of remnant fabric. Fold fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing. Sew 1/4" to 1/2" from edge of fabric. (4)

Turn arms and legs right side out. With your hand, finger press one open end together with seam from step 4 in center. Now finger press raw edges UNDER (to inside) approximately 1/2" (so raw edges of arms and legs are now showing). Sew 1/4" from edge. (5)

Stuff arms and legs. Sew a straight seam across the stuffed appendages and backstitch. This will allow the appendages to bend. (6)

Sew raw edges together on each arm and leg 1/4" from edge. (7)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Design a Monster Stuffies Face

Design Your Monster Face
Design Your Monster Face

Yellow and black felt pieces were sewn directly onto the face. I freehand cut the felt. Next, I used a salvaged black zipper, some red felt and odd pieces of bias tape to create the monster's mouth. (8)

Sew the mouth onto the face lengthwise first across the face. (9)

Sew along the side edges of the mouth. Trim excess fabric and zipper so edges are neat. (10)

Three strands of red embroidery floss gave my monster softie his bloodshot eyes. You can opt to use the machine with red thread, but hand stitching this part was easiest for me. (11)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

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Close Up Monster Plush
Close Up Monster Plush

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Design Your Own Monster Softie

Design Your Own Monster - Monster Stuffies
Design Your Own Monster - Monster Stuffies

I used the leftover section of zipper to decorate my monster's back. (Sewn into position with a straight stitch along the edges of the zipper.) Just for fun, I aligned the front and back. (12 & 13)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Monster Stuffies Need Hair

Design Your Own Monster - Monster Hair
Design Your Own Monster - Monster Hair

Think my stuffie's hair is a little wild? That is exactly what I intended. Creating a full head of hair for this monster softie was easy. I used bias tape I had made and I have put together a whole page on making your own bias tape here.

All you need for monstrous hair is a variety of cool fabric prints and a bias tape maker kit. They are very easy to use. I use mine often for sewing and crafts.

Cut varying lengths of bias tape and attach as shown to the FRONT (right side) of your monster. I like to hand baste the hair in place. Then I use my sewing machine to secure tape into place with a 1/4" seam.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Monster Stuffies - Attaching Arms and Legs

Monster Arms and Legs
Monster Arms and Legs

Attach arms and legs as shown above. First, attach the legs making sure the center back seam is facing you. Pin into place and sew on machine. (15)

Repeat this step for the arms. (16)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Front & Back View

Two Sides to this Monster!
Two Sides to this Monster!

Before assembling, lay the front and back pieces as shown right sides up.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Assembling Monster Softie

Design Your Own Monster - Monster Stuffies
Design Your Own Monster - Monster Stuffies

Right sides together with arms, legs and hair tucked inside. (18)

Pin edges together leaving opening at bottom edges for legs. I had some thicker sections where the zipper was positioned so I hand basted those edges together, just where it was thickest and to make it easy to sew on my machine. (19)

On sewing machine, sew 1/2" from raw edges. (20)

Taper cut all four corners with scissors, reach in and pull out legs first and then turn monster stuffie right side out. (21)

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

Stuffing the Stuffie!
Stuffing the Stuffie!

Stuffing Monster Stuffies

Time to stuff your monster softie.....

I like to use polyester fiberfill and insert it through the opening at the bottom of the monster. When fully stuffed, I slip stitch the opening closed by hand.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

CloseUp - Monster Softie

Monster Softie - Close Up
Monster Softie - Close Up

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      Pam Irie 3 weeks ago from Land of Aloha

      Thank you! It was certainly a fun project. I like your idea of making them smaller too!

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      RTalloni 3 weeks ago from the short journey

      Cute, cute project for kids playtime. I would call mine "Monstas? Pishwah!" Would love to make some up for the grands in summer colors, maybe hand sized for on-the-go days. Thanks for a neat idea!

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      awdur 2 years ago from Chicago

      I'm sure he will..... I'll be working on it!

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      Pam Irie 2 years ago from Land of Aloha

      You're welcome. Hope your grandson gets one from his grandma then. :)

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      awdur 2 years ago from Chicago

      My grandson would love these! Thank you for the tips!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      seriously I'm in awe of the crafters here on Squidoo! this is really cute

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      Too cool your monster stuffie! I think if I make one I'll call it a monster masher! Everyone should have one of these... You know, I just had a thought... I could make one large enough to be a comfy-cozy pillow back for my computer desk chair!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh man, this is so cute! Love the detailed directions. Another winning craft by Ms. Craft herself!

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      These are great ideas for Designing our Own Monster stuffies

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      these are so cute, i love it!

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      Mona 4 years ago from Iowa

      Sooo cute. I could see these all over the house. What fun!

      You did a wonderful job explaining the process as well as illustrating it. Blessed.

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      bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

      Window screening! Whooda thought? Why you, of course. Another clever project with outstanding photos and instructions!

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      Terrie_Schultz 4 years ago

      So cute!

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      Heather B 4 years ago

      Aw, I could never call this little guy "Ugly"!

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