Friday, September 16, 2011

No Sew Halloween Monster Pillow

My son is excited because Halloween is around the corner. I am tempted to just decorate now and enjoy the holiday even longer. I have seen so many cute monster ideas lately and I am inspired to make them all for Halloween. I saw fun monster pillows at Oriental Trading Company and I decided we should make something similar of our own. Of course, these would be great for a monster birthday party craft or activity too. The best part is there is no sewing involved!


Fleece in several colors
Polyester stuffing
Craft glue for fabric


1. Cut out two circles of colored fleece approximately 18" in diameter. I cut one green for the front and one blue for the back.

2. Cut various pieces of fleece for eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, spots, etc. I cut plenty so my son could choose how many eyes, teeth, or silly things he wanted to put on his monster. He went fairly traditional. Ha!

3. We used Tacky Glue to adhere on all the face pieces and he pushed them down. I made sure the glue was close to the edges of each piece too so they would have the best chance of staying down long term.

4. After my son had put on all the pieces, I cut a "fringe" around the edge of the monster face. I aimed for
2 1/2" strips.

5. I had to do the last steps because my son is only three. I tied the fringe 3/4 the way around the monster in single knots. 

Make sure to tie the same way (ex. blue over green) each time so the fringe will show the same color on top. I also did not tie the "hairline". I left it as my opening for stuffing.

6. Stuff monster with polyester stuffing.

7. Tie the top fringe the opposite direction this time (ex. green over blue). This will make the monster's hair appear to be a different color.

I hope you enjoy your new monster pillows. I think we will make some more this weekend because they were so fast, fun, and easy. I would love to see what your kids come up with!

My Lil Monster with his Lil Monster!

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  1. This is absolutely adorable!! My son is 3 too, and he is crazy about monsters. I saw a similar pillow in Family Fun that was a lion, but this is way more fun...and he'll love making a face for it. Totally going to make this. Pinning now...thanks so much! :)


  2. This is so cute! Please feel free to link your awesome pillow up to my Make Yourself Monday blog hop! :o)

    For Love of Cupcakes

  3. This is genius! Love it to pieces, and NO SEW, my hero!! We are going to feature this tomorrow on our blog! Stop by and check it out!

  4. This is so cute! I love that it's no-sew. You guys did a great job

  5. This is awesome.. I LOVE IT…Found ya on hop and officially following ya with smiles..Hope you get a sec to stop in & say hello..:)) I have a fall inspired blog party going on and would LOVE for you to link this awesome piece to it today ) TY

  6. What a great idea! =) We loved your project so much, we've featured you on our {{What I Made Wednesday} highlights! Stop by and grab a button. Happy Wednesday!


  7. Love these pillows...just shared them on our Fun Finds Friday! Feel free to stop by and get a Featured on Kitchen Fun Button!

  8. So adorable!! I see one of these in the near future :)

  9. Featuring your monster on Thursday afternoon at Bacon Time. :)

  10. This is so adorable! Love it...I can't wait to make one.

  11. I loved this pillow, I used your technique to make some pillows with my young daughters. I have blogged about this whilst also giving credit to yourself for the inspiration. Karima.

  12. What a great pillow! I made a couple no sew baby quilts this way, but hadn't really considered doing kids projects. Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Super cute! What a great boy gift. How does the tacky glue hold up over time? That is my only concern. Perhaps I'll try doing it with applique fusible webbing instead.


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