The case of the spotted monster…

Hey everyone! I’ve been staying busy with some school stuff but I am trying to make a few new things for an upcoming show. The Super Rad PDX Craft Show is this weekend, check out the details in my events section or visit Super Rad PDX! To make a long story short, this is my latest creation. I acquired more fake fur than you could imagine awhile back and just started trying some new things. This little guy started with some inspiration from a game I’ve been playing on my phone. The game is simple, feeding and playing with pet monsters. One monster in the game has curly ears that I thought were too cute. So, here is a monster with curly ears!

Curly ears

I start making new monsters by drawing out a pattern on paper. I cut out the paper pattern to mark my fabric. I originally had a different idea for the feet and this creature was going to be standing up. When I got the body sewn up and partly stuffed, I decided I wanted it to be a “sitter”. That’s how I describe flat bottoms and dangling legs or feet. So, the reason this post deserves a mystery novel title is as follows… changing a design midway is all fine and dandy, but this time I wasn’t thinking clearly and cut out a round piece for the seat area. After a frustrating amount of time, which shall remain a secret, I realized I cut the wrong shape! The last few “sitters” I made had round bottoms and by habit I just went with round. Silly me! This guy needed an oval shape, no wonder it wasn’t working!

An all around view

The thing I wanted to share with my fellow crafters is this, everyone makes a mistake once in awhile! I eventually stepped away from the table and two minutes later realized what I was doing wrong. Remember to take a break, it’s really easy to keep trying the wrong way hoping it will magically work. Even when I’m doing something like this, that I love and enjoy, I need to take breaks. Lesson learned. In the end, I am pleased with this new creature and I’m sure it will be a big hit at the show on Sunday.

The curly eared monster
Glow in the dark eyes






Special touches make the monster

Colorful One Eyed Monsters

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.

Soft and pretty wings

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.

A glittering eye and felt heart

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.

Monster 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.

Who wants a hug?

Tip Junkie handmade projects

You say Apatosaurus, I say Brontosaurus…

The Brontosaurus

This project started when my boyfriend suggested I make a Brontosaurus for his nephew as a Christmas gift. I usually draw all of my patterns to create my own unique plush. I did look around a little online first, but decided to draw one myself and see what I could come up with. I drew a large side view and used that as my starting point.

Paper Pattern

With this shape cut out, I used it to trace two complete dinos on my green fleece. Using the same pattern I traced the bottom half of the dino twice. The bottom only pieces act as the gusset, the material that adds width to the body. Using this style makes the finished plush stand up and look as if it could walk away when you aren’t looking. This results in a pretty cool plush but is a little tricky since I’ve only done it a few times and always with my handmade patterns.

Inside out Brontosaurus

As you can see above, my Brontosaurus is inside out and mostly sewn up. I left the neck and bottom of the head open. After lots of poly-fil stuffing I started to sew up the neck. I used another piece of fleece and made a second gusset to make the neck and head have some dimension as well. I sewed this in place by hand after inserting the eyes. I’ve only put eyelids on one other plush style so far, but I thought the Brontosaurus would look cute and sorta sleepy or sad with eyelids. After finishing all the stitching I wanted to take a few pictures so I moved to the stairs for a quick photo shoot. My cat Toby was very curious and interrupted the first shot!

Toby checking out the Brontosaurus

The finished Brontosaurus

During the making of my first Brontosaurus I was feeling nervous. I didn’t know how this would turn out, but isn’t that always the case when you try something new? And, in the end, I’m glad I tried. I like my green Brontosaurus, and the boyfriend approves too. This one is heading out the door to spread some Christmas cheer, you can be sure I’ll make another one soon!

Brontosaurus top view