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.
Sewing machine (optional)
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.
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