Aren’t they cute?! Okay, they may have a few imperfections, but I don’t want to hear about it because my boys made them! That’s right my 4 and 7 year old boys made their own Monster Dolls. With a little help from me. It was a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon together.
My 7 year old really dove in and enjoyed every aspect of making his monster. He even used the sewing machine with my help. My 4 year old needed a bit more guidance and help. He was very tentative about the sewing machine, but I convinced him to push the pedal. After one time pushing it, he was LOVING puttin’ the pedal to the metal! LOL!
- Colored felt
- Vanishing sewing pen
- Colored thread
- Poly-fill stuffing
- Sharpie marker
- Paper and pencil
Let your child draw their monster on a piece of paper.
Help your child draw the outline of the monster onto the back side of the fleece. Explain that you might need to fatten up any skinny appendages so you can turn the monster right side out and stuff (him or her) after sewing.
Pin two pieces of fleece together (right sides together.) Help your child cut out around the outline of the monster’s body.
Cut out eyes, nose and mouth parts out of colored felt. Pin the facial features to the right side of one of the body cut outs. Let your child use the vanishing marker to mark other facial features that will be stitched.
Use the sewing machine to stitch the facial features and attach the felt pieces. (To help my boys learn to sew, I let them depress the pedal on the sewing machine. We work on light pressure, slowing down and stopping. Meanwhile, I guide the fabric.)
To emphasize the features we drew over the stitching with the Sharpie marker.
Use buttons or the Sharpie to create pupils for your monster doll.
Pin the right sides together (facial features inside) of the doll. Stitch around the edge, leaving a small 2-3″ opening for stuffing.
Trim any excess fabric away from the edges before turning the doll right side out.
Turn the monster doll right side out. Use a pencil eraser side to poke out any corners and turns. Stuff the monster with stuffing. Use the pencil to push filling into small areas.
Whip stitch the opening closed after the doll has been fully stuffed.
Your child’s monster doll is complete!
Ugly Monsters or Adorable Monsters? What do you think?
Your child will surely love his creation and will definitely feel a huge sense of pride that he (or she) designed it by himself!
I let my boys do as much as possible so they could feel a HUGE sense of accomplishment when they were done. They both were so proud of their monsters. They tote their monster dolls everywhere and tell friends and family, “I made it!”