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I’m Mandy from Little Birdie Secrets craft blog and pattern shop, and I’m so excited to be back for another Skip To My Lou Summer Craft Camp! I love crafting with my boys, but as they get older, it gets harder and harder to find projects they are interested in making. My entrepreneur-son wanted to make something he could sell to his friends, so I helped him design these plushie monster keychains that he sewed and decorated himself. And they sold like hotcakes!
Pen or chalk
Needle and pins
Googly eyes, pipe cleaners, buttons, etc. to make faces
Small amount of ribbon (about 2″)
I had my son design his monsters on a piece of paper first. I streamlined his body design and cut it out to make a pattern. Then we traced the pattern onto two layers of felt with some chalk and cut the pieces out. Be sure your pattern leaves enough room between legs and under the arms to turn it right-side-out.
Next, hand sew the two pieces together with a basic running stitch, leaving a 1″ opening at the head (or wherever you want the keyring to be attached). This is a great way to teach kids to sew with a needle and thread.
Turn the monster right-side-out and push out all the corners with a pencil or chopstick. Then stuff with Fiberfill stuffing, pushing it into all corners with the chopstick again.
Once it’s stuffed, it’s time to add the keyring. Fold a small piece of ribbon in half around the keyring. Pin it inside the opening you left in the monster’s head.
I helped my son with this part since it gets a little tricky. Close the opening using an invisible stitch (you can see a great tutorial here if you don’t know this stitch). As you get to the ribbon, pass through it with the needle on your way to the other side of the felt, continuing with the invisible stitch. This will close the hole while securing the key chain.
Bring your monster to life by creating a face with crafting supplies like googly eyes, pipe cleaners, buttons, etc. Use craft glue (and some patience while it dries!) to attach the facial features. This was my son’s favorite part.
Check out all these cool monsters he created!
Thanks for letting me share this fun summer kid craft with you! Come visit us at Little Birdie Secrets for more summer fun!
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