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How to Make a Monster Kids Can Decorate

Looking for a fun DIY gift idea? Check out this tutorial on how to make a monster kids can decorate! It’s the perfect Halloween craft, and combines perfectly with these other Halloween activities for preschoolers! You may also enjoy these sewing tutorials for all ages.

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Kids love softies, ESPECIALLY when they can decorate them themselves! This little guy was super easy to make.

How to Make a Monster Kids Can Decorate

Want to make your own decorate-a-monster softie?

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Decorate-a-Monster Pattern

Decorate a Monster Stuffie Tutorial

Making this little monster is easy!

  1. Download the pattern above.
  2. Cut out of muslin (any cotton fabric works, actually. Stay away from fabrics like fleece and minky that are hard to color).
  3. Sew wrong sides together, leaving an opening for stuffing.
  4. Turn right side out.
  5. Stuff. We love cluster stuff!
  6. Hand stitch closed.
  7. Hand to a child to decorate.

I drew faces on with a Sharpie pen (a fabric marker works even better, but I don’t have any). You can also leave the faces for kids to draw on themselves!

decorating monster stuffies

Use sharpie or fabric pens for a permanent effect, or decorate them with washable markers, wash, and decorate again. We used Crayola washable markers on ours, and Emma was able to get all of the marker off her monster by bathing it in a small bin of plain water. Then we wrung it out, let it dry for a few hours, and it was good to go for another round of decorating!

What activities is your family enjoying as we get ready for Halloween? Do you have a sewing tutorial my kids would love? I would love to see photos if you use this How to Make a Monster sewing tutorial! Share photos on my Facebook page. You can also tag me on Instagram.

MaryAnne lives is a craft loving educator, musician, photographer, and writer who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband Mike and their four children.

73 thoughts on “How to Make a Monster Kids Can Decorate”

  1. Elisa | blissfulE

    My little marauder needs this little guy! :)
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..cheerfully marauding wherever she goes =-.

  2. How fun! My little girl would really love this little guy to decorate. She loves any craft of any sort…what a great idea!

    Thanks
    suserat at yahoo

  3. i love the twenty-minute skirt and ruffle skirt tutorial over at ruffles and stuff blog. I love the tutorial, its easy and I have new skirts for the summer and spring.

  4. I don’t want to enter, I just want to say that the monster is adorable and the combination of stuffed animal and art project is awesome!

  5. Twowishes Tara

    What a wonderful idea! My girl is only 14 months, so I wouldn’t trust her with markers quite yet, but the monster is cute even in his “naked” state in the meantime….
    .-= Twowishes Tara´s last blog ..A Few Photos =-.

  6. These are cool! This is inspiring! I should make some for the children in my life! Thank you! Even if I don’t win this I still feel like a winner!
    .-= Jessie Hansen´s last blog ..Giveaway? =-.

  7. This looks like the guy from where the wild things are and my kids love WTWTA!!!

    shelly.potter(at)hotmail(dot)com

  8. Great little guy–my daughter would have a lot of fun with this guy. Thanks for the chance to win.
    ktyoung1(at)gmail(dot)com

  9. This is so fun! My eldest daughter is almost 3 and she always wants to be involved in my crafting. This would give her a great way to do her own creating!

    Thanks for the chance to enter!
    -mab
    mab(at)onepost(dot)net
    .-= mab´s last blog ..Yeah, I Got the Swagger =-.

  10. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

    What a cool giveaway!!! I love this idea – I’m sure my kids would really enjoy this :)

    jbuccigross at gmail dot com
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

  11. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

    i follow u on GFC publicly
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

  12. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

    i subscribe to your blog – jbuccigross at gmail dot com
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

  13. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

    i follow u on twitter @3littleonesblog
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

  14. Jackie @ 3 Little Ones

    entry 2 for my tweet
    .-= Jackie @ 3 Little Ones´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Sunset at Mallory Square =-.

  15. i hope i’m not too late to participate in the give away! if i am, that is ok :)

    this little monster is so cute! i have kids, too, and i love the whole ugly-cute monster thing!! so i’m glad i came by, even i don’t make it into the give away, since you have linked to the pattern! your kids are adorable by the way ;) thanks <3 khatarynah@excite.com

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