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Florentine the Girly Monster

Pink flannelette monster toy

Florentine is a great project to make from old clothes!

The idea for Florentine came to me when I found an unfinished pyjama top at Reverse Garbage. The fabric was so incredibly girly that I immediately thought it had to become a big girly monster.

If you don't have enough of one kind of fabric, mix and match fabrics to create your own unique monster!

Fabric and sewing notions

Materials

  • The pattern. You can download it here.
  • 2 pieces of fabric 21cm x 28cm for Florentine's body. They don't have to be the same fabric. I'm using an unfinished flannelette pyjama top that I found at Reverse Garbage
  • 4 pieces of fabric 12 x 8.5cm for the arms. You can use 4 different fabrics if you like!
  • 4 pieces of fabric 14 x 10cm for the legs
  • Scraps of felt in white, black and your chosen colour for the bow
  • Stuffing (not shown)
  • Thread
  • A scrap of Heat n Bond double sided iron on adhesive for attaching the felt features. Alternatively you could use fabric glue or embroidery thread.

Equipment:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (optional)
Pattern pieces cut from fabric

Cut out the body, arms and legs from your chosen fabrics.

The pattern includes a 1cm seam allowances all around. If you prefer a half inch seam allowance, cut out the pieces a tiny smidge (2mm) larger than the pattern all the way round.

Heat n Bond with eyes, bow and teeth drawn on Take a piece of Heat n Bond and trace 2 eyes, the bow and teeth onto the paper backing.
Felt with heat n bond ironed on Iron the Heat n Bond onto your felt. I'm using black for the eyes, white for the teeth and purple for the bow.
Felt pieces cut out Cut out the pieces.
Felt pieces ironed onto the face and head

Remove the paper backing and iron the felt pieces onto the front of your monster, making sure that the bow doesn't get caught in the seam allowance.

If you don't have a scrap of Heat n Bond you could stick your felt pieces on using fabric glue or stitch them on with thread.

Two arm pieces sewn together Sew around the arms and legs, leaving the end that goes into the body open.
Curved seam with notches Notch the curves in the seam allowance.
Arms and legs turned right side out and stuffed Turn right side out and stuff lightly.
Arms and legs placed on top of the front body piece Place the arms and legs upside down (legs)or sideways (arms), onto the front of your monster as shown in the photo.
Body sewn with notched corners Put the back of your monster on top and sew around, leaving a gap for turning. Make sure the arms and legs are thoroughly secured in the seam as you sew.
Curve seam with notches Notch the curves in the seam allowance and turn everything right side out.
Monster with stuffed body Stuff the body.
Sewing the hole closed with ladder stitch Sew the hole in the seam closed using an invisible stitch by taking a small stitch from one side
Taking a stitch from the opposite side followed by a small stitch on the other side. Repeat all the way along.

Finished monster

Finished monster wearing a fancy skirt

Make your monster a cool outfit and give her a cuddle!


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