For my son’s 4th Birthday Party we are celebrating with a Monster Bash. I decided it would be fun to create a bunch of Monster Friend Favors to hand out to the kids and I love how they turned out. These are simple to make and the best part is you can’t really mess them up! They’re suppose to look crazy.
My son, Mason, chose the theme and technically he asked if I could make Monsters for each of his friends to bring home. When one of my children asks me to craft for them, how can I say no? He worked with me closely on the stuffed monsters and I am going to share with you how we did it. Mason wanted total control of the appearance of the monsters so I had him draw some up and I did my best to match them.
A fabric of your choice – I purchased 3 yards of flannel and made a total of 10 monsters
Lay out your fabric – I folded mine in half so that I only needed to cut once for each monster.
I free cut my shapes following my sons drawing as a guide. If you prefer, draw the shape of your monster on your fabric with a disappearing ink marker and then cut out. (If you are doing more than one monster, I suggest cutting out all of your monster shapes now and then working on them – assembly-line style).
Using felt, cut out the embellishments – eyes, eyebrows, mouth, teeth, etc. As I stated before my son wanted control so he chose how many eyes each monster got, whether they had a nose, and what expression the monster had. He also dictated the colors that were used and how many teeth they got! Include your children in the process! They’ll love having some control and the creations are usually super fun.
Lay out your facial features on the right side of your fabric. Make sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch space from the edge of your monster. Pin the felt pieces to the body. Sew your pieces on with a variety of stitches. I like to use a zig-zag stitch around the edge of the eyes, a straight-stitch for the pupil -usually done in an X-shape. These are monsters, so have fun!
Now that your face has been applied, place the fabric right sides together. If you want to add ribbon hair or crazy ribbon legs you will want to add your ribbon now (making sure you have it pointing IN towards the face and the cut ends pointing OUT), pin in place.
Straight stitch all the way around leaving a 3″ opening to stuff your monster. If your monster has legs I suggest leaving your opening in the crotch of the monster.
Flip right side out. Fill with stuffing, making sure to really squeeze it into the limbs. Fill your monster nice and full. Hand-stitch your monster closed and you are done! Super cute Monsters to help make the Monster Bash even more fun!
I also created Adoption Certificates for my son and his friends. They each will pick and name their monster, and I will write their names on the certificates to make it OFFICIAL! So of course I am going to share the printable certificate with you guys!
Download the blank Monster Adoption Certificate for your own Monster Bash!
And did you see that potato looking monster? He’s going to help us play Hot Potato – Monster Edition!
Don’t miss out on the rest of the Monster Bash party!