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A Lil Luv Monster that needs luvin is a must for Valentine's Day or any holiday for that matter.

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Step 1:

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Things you will need:
1. Fabric ... any will do.( I used fleece so it would be soft an cuddly)
2. Scissors
3. Color coordinated thread
4. Needle
5. Quilting pins, they are longer and have the bulb end which makes them easier to manipulate and see.
6. Pencil
7. Black Sharpie
8. Buttons for the eyes
9. Pattern paper ( newsprint) or cardstock

Step 2:

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Draw your monster design. This particular design was my first creation. I used newsprint but you can use any kind of paper or even cardstock. This will be your template. When you get the design you are happy with add a 1/2 inch all around for the seam allowance. Then cut your monster design out on the added 1/2 inch line.

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Next fold your fabric in half, wrong side out,  raw edge to raw edge. Lay your pattern onto the fabric and pin it through both pieces of fabric. Cut along the edge of your pattern, through both pieces of fabric. Remove the pins and remove the pattern. Re-pin the 2 pieces of fabric together all around the edges leaving an opening on one side big enough to put your stuffing in.

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Time to sew your monster! Using that 1/2 inch seam allowance begin sewing all around the edge using a simple straight stitch. Don't forget to STOP at the opening! For pointy edges I carefully snip them across to make a flat edge.

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Now turn it right side out using that opening. I use a sharpie to gently push the fabric through small ends that my finger can't reach. Now you can start stuffing using small amounts into the limbs and head first. Again I use the sharpie to help me push the stuffing into narrow parts. *IMPORTANT* " Stuff.... DON'T cram" the stuffing into the body! 

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When you are satisfied with the right amount of stuffing,  grab your needle and thread and use a "Slip Stich" to close up that opening.