Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monsters for my monsters

I have boys. Boys don't really play with dolls. But they do play with monsters! I'm not the first or the 100th person to make these. These are dolls inspired by the ugly dolls. There is a whole ring of people out there making these monster plushes. For references just search flickr, google image search. Another great inspiration reference is CurlyQCuties.com. I created my own patterns in Adobe Illustrator and printed them. But what is great about monsters, is they can be lopsided, and just plain ugly. A perfect project for a novice.

First...introducing Humphrey!
I used a curly stitch to sew the felt eye ball on. The green part of the eye is a button with the center cut out, and the black is a doll eye. I got a whole bunch of doll eyes from Hobby Lobby, and also found them at my local Ben Franklin (yes they still exist). Doll eyes are great if you want small children to be handling them. The star is a reverse applique. Oh, and he's got a tail!

Humphrey's template. Print on card stock. Please do not redistribute. This is my personal design, use it only for personal use.

Theodore was my second monster born.
Theodore is made of fleece. His back and front side are different colors. I created his circles with a zig-zag stitch in 2 colors. His eyes are obviously buttons.

Theodore's template. Print on card stock. Please do not redistribute. This is my personal design, use it only for personal use.

There will be more where these guys came from. I ordered the book Plush-O-Rama that has got some really inspirational designs- plus patterns!

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