Upcycled: Cuddly toy monster

My ‘lil one absolutely loves giving life to old items and this was a fun project we did together. Using material from her old pjs, a couple of buttons and sponge from an old memory foam pillow (I’d suggest to use some cotton padding if possible!), we drew a shape free-hand and created her current bedtime buddy…

THH Difficulty Level: images-e1542928244330.pngimages-e1542928244330.png

What you’ll need:

– old fabric preferably cotton for the body, patches or hair

– a Sharpie and a pair of scissors

– a couple of buttons – they can be in different sizes or colours

– sewing machine or needle and thread

– cotton padding from an old cushion or pillow. I didn’t have I could use so tried substituting for memory foam. This was messy and the although it came all right at the end, the shape is uneven when torn.


  1. Get all your items ready.
  2. Fold the main fabric in two and outline your monster using the Sharpie pen (it can be as uneven or quirky as you’d like). Cut around the outline.
  3. Sew around the outline leaving a small gap of 1 inch. Turn it over and place the buttons, cloth patches, threads to create the face.
  4. Sew the items by hand.
  5. Take the cotton stuffing and start filling in your toy. Once full, close the toy by sewing the opening.
  6. Taking care of the stuffed toy is simple – wash and clean using a damp cloth. Do not machine wash or tumble dry.

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