Since the boys’ PJs end up tossed on their beds anyways, I figured why not let a cute monster gobble them up? Essentially, the pajama monster is an envelope-backed pillowcase made in felt. Start with a few rectangles and then cut any or as many of the following as you’d like: eyes, horns, teeth, cheeks/rouge, nose, lips, tongues, etc. Just free-cut these and place on your large rectangle to get a feel for how they will look.
In my example, I made mine a princess monster: ears, crown, eyes with eyelashes, nose, single tooth because this monster is going to a little princess we know. Partner this with a book and a cute pair of (handsewn!) PJs as we did here, and you have a great gift:
- your basic sewing supplies
- One 14″ wide by 16″ high rectangle of craft felt
- Two 14″ wide by 10″ high rectangles of craft felt
- Scraps of other colors of felt for features like eyes, ears, teeth, etc.
Ideas for future:
Add buttons, ribbons, ric rac, ruffles and more to add even more dimension. Try experimenting with the shape of the pillow. Of course, you can get very, very detailed here–just remember who you are sewing for! These will receive some serious “love” (er, abuse).
NOTE: ALL SEAM ALLOWANCES ARE 1/2 ” UNLESS NOTED!
(You can click on any photo to enlarge it.)
Step 1: Cut pieces
Cut the pieces for your monster’s features. Eyes, ears, teeth, horns, glasses are just a fews suggestions. Just remember that any layered features (like pupils on eyes) may have to be sewn together before sewing them on the monster. Here are a couple of examples of Pajama Monsters from my Sewing for the Holidays class:
Step 2: Attach Features
Attach the features to one of the small rectangles. Think about the order they will have to be sewn on and sew accordingly.
Place all ears, horns, etc. at least 2 inches in from the sides, or they will be cut off when making boxed corners!