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.


Fleece fabric
Sewing accessories
Sewing machine (optional)
Polyester filling

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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    204 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 10 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 =)


    Reply 9 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.


    10 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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    3 years ago

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


    3 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.


    4 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!


    4 years ago

    Wow! That's really cool!


    6 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

    and here is the copyright agreement from this instructables website
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    2 replies

    cool thank you so much for this detailed information. i will keep it in mind for any future endeavors i might seek to explore!

    as for the dolls i make, i don't call them uglydolls or even venture to advertise them as such. uglydolls is an amazing company with a fine product that i alone could not recreate on my own. nor do i want to steal all their glory! this tutorial is simply a way to show people how to sew together a plush doll. sure, it resembles one of the uglydolls characters, but at the end of the day, it is just a sewing tutorial. nothing more.

    i'm certain the instructables team has seen my tutorial and has made no effort to remove it. so until then, i think i'm in the clear! i do appreciate your diligence in monitoring and maintaining a copyright infringement-free universe for us all to coexist!