Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Handmade Monster Plush


One thing that has been sorely missing from my daily life lately, and therefore also from this blog, is crafting. Simon and I make a lot of art together every day, but I haven’t done much in the way of sewing or other craft projects for many months. I  decided recently that this needed to change right away, and, that being said, I’d like to introduce you to the newest stuffed family member around here: “Monster”.

I made him the same way I made the plush dinosaur, by upcycling an outgrown toddler t-shirt into a stuffed animal. I forgot to take progress shots, but basically: I cut the design out, pinned the two pieces of fabric together with the monster facing in, stitched all around leaving a gap, flipped it right side out, stuffed it, and then sewed the opening shut. The only difference between this guy and the dinosaur is that I decided to hand-sew it all this time, rather than use the machine.

This guy was particularly special, because Simon chose this shirt himself. I brought him to the store for some clothes one day and out of all the t-shirts on display, this is the one he really wanted. So rather than donate it when it no longer fit, I decided to make this funky monster dude into a toy. (I am still contemplating the addition of a felt tongue. What do you think?)

Simon loves him, and hugs him, and I even found our monster seated in a corner of the kitchen the other day, with a lunch set out in front of him, consisting of a wooden egg and a wooden tomato from the play kitchen. Apparently, my little guy is taking good care of his new friend.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

15 thoughts on “Handmade Monster Plush

  1. Totally Awesome!!! I like Simons’ new friend and I am jealous!!

  2. Love him 🙂 I seriously need to learn to sew….

  3. oh, that’s fantastic! totally jealous of your sewing skills!

    • I can’t really claim any skill…if you look close, there are a lot of flaws. I am kind of teaching myself as I go along.

      • hum… I can sew a button on… maybe…

      • Haha. There are a bajillion tutorials online and a lot of good books out there. I also ask people I know who sew to show me bits here and there.

      • You know, I have a friend or two I could ask for help if I got lost in a project. I don’t have a sewing machine, so I’d need to try at least the first by hand. My mom laments my lack of sewing skill almost monthly.

  4. i love that he is taking care of him! how cute!

  5. Love it!! Do you think I could make a super glued together version, if I am less than confident in my sewing skills? 🙂 I think it is great that the shirt had special meaning, and I’m sure your son loves his new friend…

  6. Aww…what a great idea! I love the fact that you created the monster plush out of one of his outgrown shirts. Do you have any clever ideas for onesies? My baby is turning two on Saturday and she will be outgrowing the last of her 24 month old onesies soon. I would love to upcycle them in some way.

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