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Topic: Monster Attack! And just in time for Valentine's Day! With tut and pictures!  (Read 1261 times)
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« on: February 01, 2018 09:20:34 AM »

Back in 2013 I made a series of monsters for our church's Holiday Fair fundraiser. My friend bought one and gave it to her niece. Her niece loved the little funny guy. Last fall my friend asked me to make another for her niece's husband, apparently, he felt the other monster was lonely.  Smiley The originals are here:

All my dolls are OOAKs. And I rarely spend the brain cells to remember how I created them. I have made other scrappy fabric based monsters, but these were a lot of work and I had never made any more.

Since monsters run in packs, I ended up making a total of 4. They are rather bossy creatures.

I found the fabric, its a piece of fake raw silk texture, dull red on the right side, shiny bright red on the inside, rather ugly. I painted it with gesso and black paint mixed (two coats), and drew lines with indelible markers. I ended up painting two more swatches of fabric to complete the base, tails, arms, and legs. I always forget how much fabric these parts take.

More horns were needed. They are of polymer clay, baked and painted with washes of a gloss finish with a bit of brown or gold added. They are just simple rolled cones twisted into horns. Note the flared base so they don't pop out of the horn holes in the head to easily. I do glue them in, but the flared base helps.

I then drew the monster shapes. Very complicated shapes. Grin Just simple rounded topped rectangles. I actually had the original patterns with eye and mouth positions. I cut the eyes from felt, large ovals for color, smaller for white, and machine stitched them on. The mouth, horn holes and circles around the eyes were also machine stitched with multiple passes. For the stuffing opening I stitched a "wound" up the back, then slit between the stitching. You could do all the detailing by hand, but as I avoid all hand stitching I can, I use the machine for every possible bit.

I glued monster eyes on and let dry. Luckily I had enough monster eyes to do 4 monsters. Tut here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=430188.0#axzz2tFYOOS9z

I stitched all the arms and feet. I used heavy floral wire shoved up the fingers and then stuffed to make the arms bendable. I wired the tails as well. The feet were just stuffed. The feet and tail are sewn on with the oval base, but the arms are attached with buttons and floss through the body.

Stitch the sides and top of the monster leaving holes for the horns. (I make the holes a bit tight with lots of backstitching so I can open it up stitch by stitch to fit the horns.) Leave the bottom open. I always stitch on the right side at trim with pinking shears or straight as you simply cannot turn the painted fabric and live. I then zig-zag over the narrow seams.

The hardest part is the base. cut an oval about 1.5 inches x the witdth of the bottom. You have to fuss with this part as it never fits.

Pin the feet and tail in position on the inside, but facing out, add the bottom oval, pin like crazy and stitch. I really cannot explain better.

To keep the monsters seated I cut an oval of cardboard from a cracker box to fit in the base (lots of trimming here), then made a little bag same size as the base, full of sand, tied at the top to weight the monster down. They do wander around sometimes. I then fit and glued the horns in, and stuffed them. I stitched the backs up leaving stitch ties for fun.

Add a button for the belly button to give them some shape and hid the dimple in the back by anchoring the tail in place at that spot.

Take a long needle, floss, buttons and add the arms. I again cinched up the body a bit when I tied the arms on to add more shape.

Done, except for making scrappy hearts to go with them. My friend picked out her monster to send away and the rest will go in the Holiday Fair in November...if they last that long! I may sell if anyone wants one.

Whew, way more work than I had remembered. I guess it's good to have a selective memory.

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« Last Edit: February 05, 2018 06:24:30 AM by cmarion3 - Reason: added photos » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2018 11:15:44 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2018 06:59:47 PM »

So scary! And cute. Wink

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2018 11:45:14 AM »

Love them. I certainly can not show my children or they will try talking me into making one for each of their class mates by the 14th. That is way more monsters than even I can create in only a few days! Maybe just one or two for them as a surprise Wink.

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« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2018 10:26:11 AM »

Cool assortment of striped, horned, Valentine's Day monstrosities--they resemble Gru's Minions a little bit too!
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« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2018 12:55:40 PM »

Maybe they are distant cousins. We'll have to do an ancestry search or do a DNA test.

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