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Bookmonsters guard your books and the page you're reading whilst being terrifyingly cute.

These bookmonsters are sewed by hand and really aren't hard to make!


Usually these monsters are made from scrapbook paper but they are much more durable when made from fabric.
I believe this is the original paper-bookmark page.


Have fun!
 
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Step 1: Cut out the shapes

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What you will need
Felt and thread in black, white and red, plus a colour of your choice :)
(Fabric) scissors
Needle and pins


To make a bookmonster you will need to cut out two eyes and pupils, some scary teeth, a tongue and two colorful peaces of felt for the head. You could use my template or just cut out a square the size you want and go from there (as you can see in the last picture). 

Step 2: The pupils

To sew the pupils on the eyes I used a back stitch from the top to the bottom of the pupils. Have a look at the pictures if you don't know this stitch yet.


Tip
To make a knot in your thread very easily you can thread the needle and wrap the other end of the tread around the needle. Then slide this knot-to-be around the tread, at the end it will turn itself into a knot. Again look at the pictures for more information.

Step 3: The eyes

Before you start to attach the eyes to the head, first measure where you want them to go and secure them with pins. Hold in mind that you will need some room for the other stitches around the sides of the head.
If you turn your work with you while you are sewing, the stitches will come out more straight.

To hide the end of the tread after you made your last stitch, first make a knot and then stick the needle in the felt and let it come out a couple of stitches further. Pull the tread a little bit and cut it, then the end will disappear in the felt. This is shown in the last three pictures

fbollozos1 year ago
Love it and great idea! Will try this out soon ;)
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Wow! Super nice to hear! I can't wait to see your result!
I showed my step-son, niece and nephew how to make these with paper or with the corner of envelopes, now they make them all the time! I love the fabric ones though, definitely going to make some of these!
I'd love to see your results!
Love Sanne
Ps other designs are coming :)
moskiii131 year ago
Can't you also glue them?
SanneLaurenssen (author)  moskiii131 year ago
I'm sorry, I just see your question now.
I haven't tried that yet. It might work for the eyes but I wouldn't know how the head would hold. What kind of glue would you use?
I'd love to hear of you have tried it already, I can imagine that it would be great to do that with smaller children.
Love Sanne
I just found fabric glue in my craftsupplies and I will try it out and let you know how it went :)
rskye1 year ago
So do they hold the page you were last on? Also could you include a printable cutout outline please :) thanks!
SanneLaurenssen (author)  rskye1 year ago
Yes they do :)
I think the template is what you're looking for. (https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3ygxo3eke4s4zv/Bookmonster_template.pdf)
Have fun!
SanneLaurenssen (author) 1 year ago
I love all your comments, thank you so much!
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You might want to try it out :)
I tried to photograph the stitches so someone who has never sewed could make it.
Please let me know when you've tried, I'd love to hear how it goes.
amonj021 year ago
I love pigs, so I am definitely going to make this sometime!!!!! But the pig one.
SanneLaurenssen (author)  amonj021 year ago
I just finished the pictures for an instructable on how to make the pig :)
Hopefully I'll have it online tomorrow ;)
Super cute
HollyMann1 year ago
Adorable!!!
Need an app version of this for my Kindle.
nkapon1 year ago
excellent idea and great work too!
nkapon1 year ago
excellent idea and great work too!