Teaching children to sew can be a fun and rewarding lesson if you let them take the lead and design their own monster dolls.
Make Your Own Monster Dolls
Aren’t they cute?! Okay, they may have a few imperfections, but I don’t want to hear about it because my boys made them! That’s right my 4 and 7-year-old sons made their own Monster Dolls (with a little help from me). It was a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon together. And as a bonus they learned some basic sewing skills.
My 7 year old really dove in and enjoyed every aspect of making his monster. He used the sewing machine with my help. My 4 year old needed a bit more guidance and help. He was very tentative about the sewing machine, but I convinced him to push the pedal. After one time pushing it, he was LOVING puttin’ the pedal to the metal! LOL!
- Colored felt
- Vanishing ink sewing pen
- Colored thread matching the fleece
- Polyfill stuffing
- Sharpie marker
- Paper and pencil
Let your child draw their monster on a piece of paper.
Help your child draw the outline of the monster onto the backside of the fleece. Explain that you might need to fatten up any skinny appendages so you can turn the monster right side out and stuff (him or her) after sewing.
Pin two pieces of fleece together (right sides together.) Help your child cut out around the outline of the monster’s body. This will give you two identical pieces for the monster doll body.
Cut eyes, nose, and mouthparts out of colored felt. Pin the facial features to the right side of one of the body cut-outs. Let your child use the vanishing marker to mark other facial features that will be stitched.
Using the sewing machine, stitch the facial features and attach the felt pieces.
Helping Children Learn to Use a Sewing Machine:
To help my boys learn to sew, I let them depress the pedal on the sewing machine. We focus on light pressure, slowing down, and stopping. Meanwhile, I guide the fabric through the foot.
To emphasize the features we drew over the stitching with the Sharpie marker.
Use buttons or the Sharpie to create pupils for your monster doll.
Pin the right sides together (facial features inside) of the doll. Stitch around the edge, leaving a small three-inch opening for stuffing.
Trim any excess fabric away from the edges before turning the doll right sides out.
Turn the monster doll right sides out. Use a pencil’s eraser side to poke out any corners and turns. Stuff the monster with polyfill stuffing. Use the pencil to push filling into small areas.
Whipstitch the opening closed after the doll has been fully stuffed.
Your child’s monster doll is complete!
Ugly Monsters or Adorable Monsters? What do you think?
Your child will surely love his creation and will definitely feel a huge sense of pride that he (or she) designed it themselves!
I let my boys do as much as possible so they could feel a HUGE sense of accomplishment when they were done. They both were so proud of their monsters. They tote their monster dolls everywhere and tell friends and family, “I made it!”