Have you ever made something over and over again? I have a few plush creations that I like to make in lots of different colors. I like to see them all together, the same but different. I’ve been making my One Eyed Monsters in their various colors for awhile now. Recently, I had a couple of friends who I wanted to make something special for. I decided to to make them each a One Eyed Monster of their very own. Instead of using bright rainbow colors I used Black. Because these monsters were for very special people, and were given to show love and support, I needed to make them extra special. I did this by giving them new details.
I used the same pattern I always do for the body. To mix things up and make them extra special, I decided to add wings to the monsters. This detail can be executed in many ways. Just choosing the style of wings can create whole new monsters. There are fairy wings, butterfly wings, bat wings, dragon wings, and so many other options. For my friends, I made Angel Wings. I recently finished watching an excellent show on BBC called ‘The Fades‘. In the show, one of the characters has an amazing pair of wings. Mine were inspired by those wings in terms of shape and color. I wanted the wings to be a different material from the black fleece body of the monster. Looking for something with silvery gray color like my inspiration wings, I chose a fake fur. The fabric is Minky fur in a Paisley print. I like the incredibly soft texture of this fabric as well as the color accented with a beautiful design in contrasting black. I used a little bit of batting to make the wings thicker without giving them a stuffed look.
The other special touch that I gave these monsters were red hearts. I cut the hearts out of red felt and hand stitched them to the front of the monsters. I also wanted the eye to be a little different, I chose a silver glitter to match the silver color in the wings. I really like how these monsters gained new personalities with a couple little changes in appearance. Using new and different special touches, I was able to personalize these creations for my friends.
Next time I’m feeling stuck on something, or bored with a design, I’m going to mix things up! Getting a new look from an old favorite is as easy as adding a new felt accent, or changing something simple like the eye color. You can add wings, or try out a tail, the options really are endless.