One-Eyed Sweater Monsters

monster-mash Designers: Sheila Sinclair and Lisa Bee-Wilson

These one-eyed monsters will charm your child with their funny personalities.


Materials:

  • Green sweater
  • Sweater or fabric scraps for eye, mouth, teeth, horns, and optional eyelashes
  • Zipper for mustache embellishment (optional)
  • Thin cotton batting
  • 12 cup plastic stuffing pellets (for stand-up monster)
  • Funnel
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Monster Pattern

If you want to make a flat monster, eliminate the base and use the curved line at the bottom of the Monster Body Pattern. If you want a stand-up monster, use the straight line at the bottom of the Monster Body Pattern when cutting. Also choose whether you want the green curved horns or the contrasting-color triangular ears, and cut the appropriate pieces.


From green sweater, cut:

  • 2 of Body Pattern
  • 1 of Base Pattern
  • 2 each of Horn Pattern and Horn Pattern Reversed

 

From sweater and fabric scraps, cut:

  • 1 each of Eye, Pupil, Mouth, Big Tooth, and Small Tooth patterns
  • 1—112×4″ strip for eyelashes
  • 4 of Ear Pattern

 

From batting, cut:

  • 2 of Body Pattern
  • 2 of Base Pattern

1. Referring to patterns and photos, position mouth, teeth, eye, and pupil shapes on one green sweater body piece as desired; pin in place. To add eyelashes, fold 112×4″ strip in half lengthwise and clip raw edges every 12“; tuck folded edge of strip beneath top edge of eye and pin before sewing along top edge of eye. Using a machine zigzag stitch, sew along edges of each piece to appliqué face.

2. Add desired embellishments, such as a zipper-teeth mustache.

3. If making horns: Layer a green sweater Horn and Horn reversed piece right sides together. Using 14” seam allowance, sew along curved edges only (Diagram 1). Turn right side out and stuff lightly with fiberfill. Pin or baste opening closed. Repeat to make a second horn.

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4. If making ears: Layer two fabric ear pieces right sides together. Using 14” seam allowance, sew along two edges as shown (Diagram 2). Turn right side out and press flat. Fold a 14” pleat in the bottom edge and pin or baste edges closed. Repeat to make a second ear.

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5. With raw edges aligned, position horns or ears on right side of body piece with appliquéd face; baste in place (Diagram 3).

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6. With sweater right side up, layer each sweater body atop a batting body piece. Baste layers together 14” or less from all edges (or zigzag-stitch over raw edges).

7. For flat monster: With sweater right sides together, sew body pieces together along all edges, leaving a 2″ opening on one side.

8. For stand-up monster: Place two batting Base circles on wrong side of sweater Base circle. Using a 12” seam allowance, sew through all layers, leaving a 1″ opening, to form a pouch (Diagram 4). Use a funnel to insert plastic stuffing pellets into the pouch. Sew opening closed.

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9. With sweater right sides together, sew body pieces together along all edges, leaving a 2″ opening on one side (Diagram 5).

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10. Using a 14” seam, sew base pouch to bottom opening of the joined body pieces (Diagram 6).

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11. Turn monster right side out through opening. Stuff monster with fiberfill. Depending on the sweater you used for your body (such as the chenille sweater used for the monster lower left in photo), the monster might stretch and get taller when you stuff it. Sew the opening closed to complete monster.

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