I made this stuffed monster and pattern a couple of years ago based on a Gordin the rock character my brother Derek had drawn. I sort of forgot I had various prototypes at the house until my best friend’s daughters were staying with us and played with them for hours. When asked later, they actually said it was their favorite part of the weekend. Which is hilarious since we took them to the park, they saw Casper Baby Pants perform, and they went to the Seattle Children’s Museum. Toddlers, am I right?
If you want to make the weekend of the toddler in your life better, here are some step by step instructions and supplies needed to make a Doodle Monster of your own.
- Felt: I like Rainbow Classic Felt because they’re made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles (!), and I rarely need pieces bigger than the 9″ x 12″ they come as. You can buy them by the piece at your local craft store, or order a bigger pack online to have on hand for future projects.
- Pillow filling Poly-Fil
- Sewing Machine (check out my list of best sewing machines for beginners here)
- Download this pattern PDF, print and cut out.
- Cut necessary pieces out of felt using the pattern provided.
3. Sew stripes on front of horns, and spots on arms and legs using an edgestitch.
4. Sew around top two sides of horns with right sides together using a 1/8″ seam allowance. Repeat for arms and legs. Turn right side out and stuff with a small amount of pillow filling.
5. Sew monster face and bottom stripe to monster front using an edgestitch. Sew monster arms and legs to monster front using a 1/8″ seam allowance.
6. Sew sides, top and bottom edges with right sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 2″ opening in one of the bottom seams.
7. Turn right side out through 2″ opening in bottom and stuff with pillow filling. Hand-stitch the 2″ hole closed.
If you want to print off these instructions onto a 8 1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper, the PDF download is here.