Friends Are Easy to Make

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Introduction: Friends Are Easy to Make

Frugality is my middle name. Couple that with my penchant for anything cute and you've got a heartbroken girl mourning her inability to dole out the big bucks to satisfy her cute quota.

But - not to worry!! Always on my toes to tangle myself into yet another ambitious project, knowing still that I only average a 20% success rate, I'd quickly found the remedy for my weakness.


Ingredients:

Fleece fabric
Sewing accessories
Sewing machine (optional)
Polyester filling
Scissors

Step 1: Monster Design

First things first, design your monster. For inspiration, I suggest digging deep into your repressed childhood or even adulthood memories and try to picture those invisible friends you used to have before you finally established your social skills.

Since you need two identical pieces for the front and back of your friend, I like to fold the fabric in half and cut the two at the same time.

Step 2: The Sewing Part.

After you've transferred the image onto the fabric, you can then sew the 2 pieces together. If you have a sewing machine, that's awesome. Otherwise, be prepared to experience butt numbage from sitting down too long sewing the monstrosity together.

Don't forget to leave about an inch or 2 open for the stuffing to go in. I prefer stuffing through the armpit but if you have anatomical preference, do what works for you.

Step 3: Don't Run With Scissors

Here's the fun part.. cut along the seams and flip him inside out through the opening.

(you DID remember to leave an opening right? good.)

Step 4: Feeding Time

Unlike newborn babies and your pet bunny, it really doesn't matter what you feed your monster. That being said, feel free to stuff him with what ever you have lying around.. old socks, warped k'nex rods, peach fuzz, etc.

Personally, I prefer polyester fiber stuffing.

Step 5: Hair and Makeup

Black thread on the white eyeballs really gives the little guy spunk.

Step 6: RAWR.

When you're finished, make sure to put him in a safe place away from UV exposure and puppies (unless you intend for it to be a chew toy)

And finally, completion of your new friend according to my instructions will not result in its coming to life. It will indefinitely remain dumb and inanimate no matter how hard you will it to move.

Happy sewing!

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207 Comments

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zifix
zifix

11 years ago on Introduction

hey, I used one of the images of this 'ible to make a template for anyone who might need it :)

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Kajnjaps
Kajnjaps

11 years ago on Introduction

Great instructable! Here's my try. Cheers, Kajnjaps

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gnomination
gnomination

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

how the heck do you do that? just like, sew the different peices together?

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Pikachette
Pikachette

Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

Yes, I just do that
it's not very complicate... just long =D

I sew the fourth parts of the two side individually, after I do the rest with the pattern =)

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Elke63
Elke63

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Wouldn't it be easier if you quartered two different colored sheets of felt or other fabric. Then sow then into two rectangles with you color layout. Pin the two pieces, seam sides out, together. Now transfer the pattern and follow the directions. I think it might be a bit tricky to match the pieces up once they were cut into eight pieces.

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kylara70
kylara70

12 years ago on Introduction

I enjoyed your instructable. I made 4 in one afternoon. I NEVERE would have thought of this by myself. My daughters enjoyed playing with them and helping to decorate them. Here is a picture.

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raskraski
raskraski

Tip 2 months ago

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action pig
action pig

5 years ago

Found your 'ible through a children's hospital donation suggestion page! Very cool project, lots of kids will love your monsters.

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DavidH87
DavidH87

6 years ago on Introduction

This all really REALLY hurts my brand, especially when referenced as some sort of "sock monkey" random open design. We are not a giant corporation.

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rtregurtha
rtregurtha

6 years ago on Introduction

This is such a cute project so I have shared it in my blog today in a compilation of sewing projects for boys. Thank you!

http://www.blueradish.com.au/ten-things-to-sew-with-boys/

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fluffy52601
fluffy52601

7 years ago

Wow! That's really cool!

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thisisdumb
thisisdumb

9 years ago on Introduction

this design is protected by copyright and you are claiming as your own and encouraging others to copy it - here is the copyright info from the Uglydoll website

http://www.planetmusic.us.com/images_uglydoll/pdfs/Uglydoll_Copyright.pdf

and here is the copyright agreement from this instructables website
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