Introduction: Cookie Monster Rug

Om nom nom!

Bring everyone's favourite cookie eating monster home with your own cookie monster rug. This iconic blue abomination was just begging to be remade into a bear skin rug. Using blue faux-fur fabric and some other textile supplies, I was able to make this rug in under an hour. This soft rug is great for kids, and the cookie pillows really make it complete.

Better hide your cookies, as this furry blue monster is ready to steal all your goodies (and then your heart)

Ready? Let's make!

Step 1: Supplies

To make your own monster rug you're going to need blue monster fur. You can usually find this at your local fabric shop, but you may need to hunt around a little. It's not that special, but smaller stores might not carry it. For this project I only needed one yard of blue fur (sold in a 6' width).

You're also going to need one package of white yarn and two black buttons for the eyes. An optional step would be to cover the underside with faux leather, which adds stability to the piece.

Step 2: Trace Hand

I started by tracing my hand on a piece of blank paper. I then sketched around the trace until I had a hand shape that had shorter and wider fingers. Then, I cut out the hand shape with scissors.

Step 3: Trace Outline Onto Fur

Start by folding the fur in half with the fur on the inside of the fold.

Using the paper hand cutout as a template I sketched an outline of the hand and the rest of the monster body. Since the fabric was folded in half I only needed to sketch out half the design. I went for a wider design, giving me lots of fun fur in my rug.

Step 4: Cut Outline

When I was happy with an outline shape I used a sharp hobby knife to carefully cut through the top layer of fabric. Take time cutting around detailed areas like the fingers, this detail will show up on the rug.

Step 5: Flip That Fur

After cutting out one side of the design flip the fur over and fold in half, this time the fur will be on the outside of the fold. Now you can cut the other side of the monster rug out using the previously cut side as a guide.

Step 6: Unfold

With both sides of the rug cut out you can unfold the fur and check out your shape. Now is the time to make corrections to any cuts made previously, or clean up any loose fabric bits.

Now we can move onto the eyes.

Step 7: Eyeballs

Part of this monster's charm is his goofy eyes. I wanted this rug to be as soft as possible for children, so I made these eyes from regular white yarn.

Start by bunching up one end of the yarn, then wrapping the bunched yarn with tight winds, then start working the windings into a more spherical shape. After one eye was a little larger than a golf ball I stopped winding and started the other eyeball.

To prevent the yarn from unraveling after winding I tucked the end loosely under the previous winding and pulled tight. We'll stitch the yarn eyeballs next to secure the yarn and prevent any unraveling.

Step 8: Stitch Eyes

A needle and white thread was used to sew a few stitches through the yarn eyes around the tucked end of the yarn, and around the entire eye to ensure the yarn windings stayed securely wound.

Step 9: Add Button Pupils

I used black plastic glossy buttons for the pupils on the eyes. Using more white threat and a needle the buttons were sewn onto each yarn eyeball.

Step 10: Attach Eyes to Head

The eyes are held in place with thick white embroidery thread. After each eye was attached to the head of the fur rug the eyes were stitched together to provide stability. This monster has crazy eyes, so remember to place the eyes a little crossed.

Step 11: Head Structure

Taking a page from real animal fur rugs, I decided to add some structure to my monster fur rug to enhance the look. Using dense flexible foam to make a head, I started by making a disc shaped cut out and beveling the edges. I then cut a smaller disc shape and used spray adhesive to stick them together. This squashed dome shape would be the soft head structure for my monster rug.

The foam discs were then glued to the underside of the head using more spray adhesive.

Step 12: Rug Underside (optional)

Your monster rug is almost done. If you want a more finished look you can line the underside with faux leather.

Lay your monster rug on top of the faux leather and cut along the outline using a sharp hobby knife. I used more spray adhesive to connect the faux leather to the underside of the fur.

Step 13: Fluff Out Fur

Fluff out the fur around the edges, trim the fur with scissors if needed and cut back any excess leather.

Step 14: Cookie Pillows - Outline

What would this furry friend be without some large plush cookies to go along? I made large chocolate chip cookies from some soft beige fabric. I used a large dinner plate to trace the outline on the underside of the fabric, then cut out two identical circles from the trace.

Step 15: Sew Together

With the underside facing out, the fabric circles were placed on top of each other and sewn together along the edge. Make sure to stop sewing when you're almost all the way around, but don't sew the cookie entirely closed yet, you'll need to have some room to turn it right side out.

Step 16: Add Chocolate Chips

Using a darker plush fabric I cut irregular squarish shapes, and cut enough to speckle over the top of the cookie.

Step 17: Glue Chips

To hold the chips in place I used fabric glue. I put a small dab on each chip and pressed it in place.

Step 18: Sew Chips

Once the glue had dried I hand sewed each chip onto the cookie surface to ensure a secure connection.

Step 19: Stuff Cookie

I used pillow batting to stuff the cookies through the opening I left when I was sewing the two halves together.

Step 20: Sew Cookies Closed

Once stuffed, the cookies were sewn closed with beige thread.

Your fur rug and cookie pillows are now done! Time to place that rug and enjoy.

Step 21: Get Ready for Baby Overload!

This rug is sure to be a hit with all the kids. Grab some milk and cookies and relax on your own monster fur rug!


Have you made your own cookie monster rug? I want to see it!

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Jedi_zombie85 made it! (author)2017-03-31

ahahah love this, reminds me of my first Instructable

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2017-03-31

Cookie Monster is just so adorable! :)

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ohoilett made it! (author)2016-12-10

The cookies are my favorite part. Lol.

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ohoilett made it! (author)2016-12-10

This is great. Nice work.

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Nancy Kossina made it! (author)2016-05-19

When purchasing vinyl for underside be careful the widths are different than fur. Vinyl was only 54 inches wide instead of 60".

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ToreyJA made it! (author)2016-02-08

I made this for my baby's upcoming Cookie Monster-themed 1st birthday party. It was SO fun to make and will be a highlight of the party. Thanks for the creative project and easy tutorial!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2016-02-08

Looks like they are enjoying it, hope the party was fun!

Thanks for sharing super cute pictures, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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jennifer-y made it! (author)2016-01-30

I made a few changes, and added a play center.

http://jenniferyarema.wix.com/bluesuedebooties#!Baby-Play-Center-Tutorial/cmbz/56a8ebd60cf22a61ccd3abfa

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2016-02-02

Looks super cute, and the play center is a great touch. I'm sure it will continue to be hours of fun as they grow up :)

Thanks for sharing a picture, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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One80Bits made it! (author)2016-01-09

I'm so grateful for your tutorial, I love this lil rug now and want an adult size one as it's so comfy! I added some blockout curtain material as a base and filed it with a layer of wadding. I also made the eyeballs black felt as I wanted it completely baby proof. thanks again!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2016-01-11

That's adorable, and great call with the soft eyeballs!

Thanks for sharing a picture, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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One80Bits made it! (author)One80Bits2016-01-09

*filled

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3118130 made it! (author)2015-12-12

I love it so much

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Skiletosha made it! (author)2015-08-20

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Kinickie made it! (author)2015-08-04

Thanks for the great instructable. I just finished this for a friend's new baby, and I think she's going to love it!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-08-05

Wow, this Cookie Monster rug looks great! I love those goofy eyes :)

Thanks for sharing a picture, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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RollerScrapper made it! (author)2015-05-02

You sir are brilliant. I actually found this because I was googling "Cookie monster side view". I love it when random googles lead me back to instructables! This is the exact rug my husband asked me to make once he saw the two yards of blue fur that I had distressed for a cookie monster puppet. I'm now wondering if I should use the scraps to make this awesome rug (was thinking of making a grover puppet). Thanks for saving me the time of coming up with an adorable pattern idea. I especially love the cookie pillows!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-05-03

I also love being led back here after searching the Internet for something; it's always nice to come 'home' :)

Glad you like this, I have my Cookie Monster rug over my couch and adore it. I'd love to see your creation when you're done!

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RollerScrapper made it! (author)RollerScrapper2015-08-01

Sorry it took me 3 whole months to take a photo of my cookie monster but better late than never!

https://flic.kr/p/wvdkG7

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-08-02

Your Cookie Monster looks perfect! He eats cookies, too?!
You're awesome!

Thanks for sharing a picture of your Cookie Monster, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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RollerScrapper made it! (author)RollerScrapper2015-08-02

Thank you! One day i hope to be able to do an instructable, i took photos, but just need the time to do a write up! He can eat cookies and even a telephone receiver, just like the real deal, i saw a photo of the real cookie monster and he had a hole in his mouth so I had to add one!

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krystaljazmin made it! (author)2015-07-30

Do you have extra to sell? I suck at DIY ?

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Lily The Creator made it! (author)2015-07-15

I will definitely be doing this later

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julito.alonso made it! (author)2015-07-11

Finally! It took me a while to get this done, but it's finally here! Made it for one of my best friends daughter! I'm her godfather! :D

Thanks for all the instructions Mike!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-07-13

That's adorable! I'm sure she will love it for many years.

Thanks for sharing a picture of your cookie monster rug, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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elliotnash made it! (author)2015-06-18

Wow, you killed the Cookie Monster? :D Anyway really cool tutorial. I guess I'll try and make a similar rug for my daughter.

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umiluv made it! (author)2015-06-13

I was wondering if I could sew fabric on the bottom instead so that the rug could be washable by hand or by delicate cycle.

Will the faux fur be okay to sew? I'm hoping to sew similar to the cookies to get a nice finish. Will that be possible?

If it is, do you recommend any fabrics? I was thinking fleece so that it was thick, soft, and sturdy.

Thanks for the tutorial!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-06-14

I've never tried sewing faux fur, but it seems like it could work.

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Syrup Duck made it! (author)2015-06-09

Made this for a friend. It was my first attempt at sewing and crafting with fabric in general ^-^. I learned you shouldn't be scared of a sowing machine. I probably should have done the edges of the "monster" with sewing also, now i only glued it. i don't think glueing is strong enough to withstand the superhuman strenght of babys....

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-06-09

That is adorable! I bet your friend is super happy to have their own Cookie Monster rug.

Thanks for sharing your version, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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klewis23 made it! (author)2015-04-27

I saw this on pinterest, but anyway my grandbaby loves cookie monster and I can't wait to make this for him. I will share my pics when it is done, thanks so much for sharing

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Angus MacGyver made it! (author)2015-04-24

Fantastic and easy project. Looks more flattened than skinned but that's just my sense of humour. THE EYES are my only critique.

While making a ball of yarn is a great idea for softer eyes. BUTTONS are risky.

1) children put EVERYTHING in their mouth. Taste appears to be the preferred means of exploration. We look, they taste, dogs sniff...

2) Their tiny fingers may as well be aviation snips. They look weak but when you turn your back they have superhuman strength and could probably defeat kevlar thread. Personally I would have used glue on a disk of cloth and sewn it down.

It's a great simple gift. As a man I don't do baby showers, but this is the kind of thing men could give an expectant father, dry cleaning coupons are also great. Thanks for the idea

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myrna.wiebe made it! (author)2015-04-19

This is awesome! Instead of the large version, I made a miniature one for my Lil Buddies, who go on adventures together. ;)

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-04-20

This is super cute. Thanks for sharing your version, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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EliP1 made it! (author)2015-04-19

AMAZING!!! I NEED ONE FOR MY FUTURE BABY!

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lisascout made it! (author)2015-04-14

Super job! I love the panic the baby can create by grabbing the milk bottle!

One small suggestion -- it would have been easier to sew the "chocolate chips" to the cookie before you sewed the top of the cookie to the bottom.

This is super creative and cute and uses easy-to-find materials and is simple to do, I think any baby (or maybe cat?) would love it, you get my vote!

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switch62 made it! (author)2015-04-09

OMG! they killed cookie !

:)

Actually, fantastic job. Great idea and instructable.

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KeatonWright made it! (author)KeatonWright2015-04-12

lol just what I was thinking was like, "OMG! they skinned Cookie Monster!"

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janeflemingo made it! (author)2015-04-11

Could you dye a sheepskin rug?

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felicia.limogiannis made it! (author)2015-04-09

I modified the pattern slightly and sewed a piece of cotton and wadding to make it fluffier. My son loves it only problem is I didn't make it for him!! I'm going to make more now for other family and friends!! We all love it!!

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mikeasaurus made it! (author)mikeasaurus2015-04-10

Your cookie monster rug looks great!

That's the problem with adorable crafts like this, everyone wants one :)
Thanks for sharing a picture here, enjoy the Pro Membership!

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Wow!! Thank you!!!! Thanks for the great surprise!! I will enjoy the pro membership!! Thank you again for the awesome design!!!

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CityGirl70 made it! (author)2015-04-09

So cute :)

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firefightermeyer made it! (author)2015-04-09

So awesome!

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thencomescolor made it! (author)2015-04-09

omg this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute!!!! what a great idea!

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kondzio29 made it! (author)2015-04-09

Really great idea, If I had child in the future he/she will get one cookie monster from me ;) thank you (my girlfriend loves this rug!)

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GiovannaS made it! (author)2015-04-08

Forget about giving it to babies, I want this for ME.

Great instructable.

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Karinv1044 made it! (author)2015-04-08

This is too cute. I can't wait to make this for my nephew! With the help of my Dad. Of course.

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CrouchingFather made it! (author)2015-04-07

This is cool and yet so wrong! lol I want all the Sesame Street monsters stuffed, mounted or turned to rugs! lol A whole room of with Elmos head on the wall, a boa for the wife made from Big Birds feathers! Bath mat from Oscar The Grouch. And don't get me started on the Mr. Snuffleupagus umbrella holder!

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StoryAddict made it! (author)StoryAddict2015-04-08

LOL I concur.

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