Plushies are fun to make for kids of all ages! There is something freeing about a monster plushie – the more imperfect the features are, the more charming the face is!
Because there is no “Perfect 10” when it comes to monster dolls, these are great beginner (ahem, gateway to sewing habit) projects. Use bright colors for this fun project.
Kids and grownups can make them for kids or grownups! For small children, substitute drawn or embroidered faces for button eyes. Learn how to make plush toys!
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This same process can be used with animal patterns to make plush animals.
When making a plushie, there are no rules – just have fun! Use fleece fabric that is super easy to sew and comes in great colors.
Plushies are sometimes referred to as softies or stuffed animals. They are a soft toy that is perfect to love. Here are our detailed instructions on how to make a monster plushie with our free pattern.
We had a spare afternoon and had fun making several monster plushies – and then my younger sewing partner had fun doing a monster plushie photoshoot – including Lucy (the dog).
And, we got to find out that plushies wash up nicely – while dog sitting Zorro who snatched one up and took immediately to the back yard and rolled it in the dirt – before we could take its picture! To the washer and dryer and like new! Note: Might need to keep the plushies away from the dog(s)!
Here is a very small plushie and the drawing that inspired the creation:
Gallery of an afternoon of sewing plushies:
Lucy and some of the monsters in their special photoshoot!
Can I wash my plushies?
Yes! If you use fleece fabric or other washable fabric for your plushies, they toss in the washer and dryer and come out looking like new! Ask me how I know. One of the dogs took a newly made plushie right out into the muddy yard! A toss into the washer and dryer and it was like new!
What kind of fabric should I use to make plushies?
What makes them a plushie is they are made with soft fabrics, like fleece. You can also make them with minkie fabric, but that is not a beginner fabric – it sheds the fur everywhere!
I wouldn’t use fur fabric. Most fur fabrics are not washable.
Is it hard to make a stuffed monster plushie?
Plushies are a perfect beginner sewing project for all ages! Using fleece makes it super easy, as the fleece has a little give but not too stretchy. You can easily ease seams.
There are no small pieces unless you want them, making this a super easy project for beginner sewists.
Want big stuffies? Just go big! Draw a big pattern to sew. Just make sure you have plenty of poly fill!
Are plushies suitable for young children?
If you are making a plushie for a young child, don’t use buttons for eyes. Sew the fabric or embroider on the features for your plushie. Buttons can be a choking hazard for young children.
You can use safety eyes, but it is easy and fun to embroider by hand or machine.
How long does it take to make a stuffed monster plushie?
It depends on how complex you make your plushie. When I’ve made them with children, we can be from start to finish in about an hour, so this is a perfect project to be productive, make something cute and have pretty instant rewards for your efforts!
See all of the DIY projects to make for children on Create Whimsy!