I believe that doing always the same thing and use
always the same materials is the best way to eventually get blocked. That’s way I consider
part of my personal maintenance wasting time with all sorts of things that are
not stones or paper. For the same reason, after months when I’ve been
considering cutting out all the ‘extras’ from this blog I just told myself that
there is not really such a thing as ‘extra’ for me. Would you like to know how
I work and where I get my inspiration from? Well, my uncontrolled playtimes are
definitely with good reason part of it.
So, now that we agreed
that I have all the rights to keep on posting my random tutorials, let’s talk
about it: the creepy cute hugging monster. I
made it for someone I really care about, someone who during all these years
together gave me crazy dolls and ugly monsters, and a lot of support for my
insane artistic activity (I’m not sure that he always understands, but it
doesn’t matter to him – and THIS really matters to me). Well, I though he may
deserve a monster, but it made me a little nervous to think that he may just
possess one of a thousand copies cuddled around the world.
The options in a case
like this are only two: buy handmade or make handmade. I was totally freaked out,
but I knew that in this particular case I really needed to do it myself. And
guess what? I discovered that making a
monster is a really simple thing!!!
That’s why I wrote this
post: I want to convince you that if someone out there is so special to deserve
something you must have put your fantasy, time, and efforts in – well, you can
do it. I even made a sketch to show you how easy it is! Let’s look at it
together, then you’ll design your own monster and send me some pictures, ok?
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1. Draw your monster!
One leg, one arm, two pieces for the eyes. Draw the main body on a folded paper
to make sure that it is symmetrical (if you WANT it to be symmetrical of
course). Cut everything out.
2. Place the papers on
the fabric (I used an old broken baby blanket) and draw two legs, two arms, and
the two sides of the monster. Cut it out, do the same with the felt pieces.
3. Sew arms and legs.
Put face to face the external pieces and sew all around, except for the sides
touching the main body. Fill up with padding, cotton, rice, cereals, or small
pieces of fabric.
4. Hand-sew the small
parts. Actually if you’re good enough you can do it with the machine. I am
definitely not able to use the sewing machine for such a detailed job, and
anyway I really enjoyed adding little by little all the details that were
coming up to my mind.
5. Now place face to
face the external pieces of the main body, positioning legs and arm like
indicated in the picture. Leave a small side open. Turn the monster inside out.
6. It’s cute, isn’t
it? Now it’s time to fill it up and close the gap. That’s all folks, really.
…so would you let me
know who’s the lucky person who’s going to get your next monster? I’m
definitely making some more of them!
More monsters? Have a look at these:
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