Freaky Friday: Monster Babies from Microcrafts!
Welcome back to Freaky Friday, where we’re dishing out some fun Halloween tips through the month.
So far we’ve showed you how to make Witches Brew from Witch Craft and Pumpkin Cupcake Toppers from Craft-A-Day. Next up, we’ve got these adorable monster babies from Microcrafts by Alicia Kachmar, Margaret McGuire, and Katie Hatz.
We’ve included the tracing template below. Feel free to save it and print it out. Enjoy!
Monster babies are too cute to be scary. Customize their expressions with a varied number of eyes, teeth, and stitch marks.
• Tracing paper
• 3-in-square piece of felt
• Scrap of white felt hole punch
• Needle and embroidery thread in black, white, and a color that matches your monster
• Craft glue
• Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
• Disappearing fabric marker
• Small paintbrush or toothpick
1. Trace the body pattern onto the tracing paper and cut out. Then trace the pattern twice onto the felt. Cut out the shapes. Punch out 1 or 2 (or even 3!) circles from the white felt using the hole punch to make as many eyeballs for your monster as you like.
2. Glue on the punched felt for eye(s) and let dry. Use black embroidery thread to stitch a French knot into the center of each eye; embroider the remaining features, using a split stitch for the mouth and a satin stitch for the teeth. It’s easy to stitch a belly button with an X. Pin together the body pieces, wrong sides facing.
3. Double thread the embroidery needle and use a blanket stitch to sew the pieces together, leaving a small opening at the bottom. (See page 83 for stitching instructions.) Insert just enough stuffing to make your little monster three-dimensional and then use a blanket stitch to close.
ERIC SMITH is the cofounder of Geekadelphia, a popular blog covering all-that-is-geek in the City of Brotherly Love, as well as the Philadelphia Geek Awards, an annual awards show held at the Academy of Natural Sciences. He’s written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, and Philly.com