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Kid Designed Monster Tutorial

Hi everyone!  It’s Melanie back from Find it, Make it, Love it.  We have loved checking out the boy projects all month and are excited to share one of our own!  
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Two things all kids like:  drawing/coloring, and stuffed animals!  We put the two together with this monster pal designed by a 5 year old.

  He was so excited to draw himself a toy!
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Ready to make one or some for your little designers?  Just start by having them draw a simple monster.  (You can always give them a few guidelines; like it can’t have more than 4 arms, it can’t be more than 4 colors, stuff like that-to make your task a little easier. : )  
Then gather your supplies, from The Ribbon Retreat of course!  We ordered some orange flannel, lime green felt circles, and white felt circles (not pictured.)
You’ll also need a sewing machine, batting, liquid stitch, embroidery floss and needle along with any other items according to the monster design.
First step:  hand draw the monster shape, copying the child’s drawing. Cut it out and trace it onto the flannel with some chalk.  Trace about 1/2 inch bigger for seam allowance.  Next cut through 2 layers of the flannel to give you a front and back piece.  Set the back piece aside.
Now you’ll want to place the facial features and mark any that will 
need to be hand stitched.  In this case I hand stitched the mouth and the 3 eyebrows using black embroidery floss. 
 Use Liquid Stitch to attach polka dots, eyes, and nose.
Next, place the front and back pieces right sides together and pin.
Now sew around the outside, leaving an opening to turn it right side out and fill with batting.
Once you’ve got it sewn and turned right side out, start stuffing the cute little thing!
Once it’s stuffed to your liking, pin the opening shut and sew.  The correct way is to sew it by hand, but I can’t make a hand sewn opening look good to save my life, so I just ran it through my sewing machine; and it looks just fine. : )
Ta- da!
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
It’s cute and soft and very unique!  What do you think?!  
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
He loves it and has already asked when I’ll make him another one!
Kid Designed Monster Tutorial - The Ribbon Retreat Blog
Thank you to the Ribbon Retreat for having us!  I’m telling you, they are the best!  
For lots of other crafty ideas for your home or for your kids be sure to come


Thank you Melanie for sharing this creative and kid inspired project with us today! I love crafting with kids, and I LOVE that this little fella designed his own monster. The smile on his face says it all! 🙂

I am pretty sure there are going to be some kid designed monsters floating around my house. I can’t wait! Thank you again Melanie for sharing your incredible talent for design and creating with us. For more crafty fun with Melanie, check out her adorable blog at Find it, Make it, Love it. I did and it is wonderful! 🙂

What a great project for our Oh Boy! series. However, how much fun would this project be if your little lady designed her own princess or doll? Oh my…FUN!!! Check out these other kid inspired projects brought to you by some of our other AMAZING Contributors…AND all of the supplies they used are from the FABulous Ribbon Retreat. We carry all the supplies you need for your crafting endeavors. We are constantly getting new ribbon, fabric, notions and embellishments in. You have to stop by and check out all the crafty fun! Do you like sales? Subscribe to our website AND blog to be notified of all of our Sales and Giveaways! It’s always parties and fun here at The Ribbon Retreat.
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2 Comments

  1. Lacey
    Posted September 4, 2013 at 8:31 am | Permalink

    Love this tutorial! Thank you so much!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted September 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

      Hi Lacey! Thank you so much for your comment. What kid wouldn’t want to design their own stuffed animal…right? So much fun! Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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