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If your kids are like mine they have a million softies and stuffed animals on their bed and play area. Get kids excited about making their own softies with this easy tutorial on How to Make a No-Sew T-Shirt Monster Softie.
If you are looking for hands-on sewing tutorials for kids, we highly recommend checking out sewing with kids expert, Trixi from Coloured Buttons and her Sew a Softie initiative. Trixi was the one who made us our My Color Is Rainbow Softie!
If you scroll all the way down, my 9 year old daughter shows you step-by-step in the video how to transform an old tee into a cute stuffed monster.
NO-SEW MONSTER T-SHIRT SOFTIE – MATERIALS:
- An old t-shirt
- Buttons (large buttons are great)
- Scrap piece of felt
- Hot glue gun (a low temp one is great for kids)
- Polyfill stuffing
- Pencil or light black marker
Step 1. Draw a monster-like shape on your piece of paper but make sure it fits within your t-shirt size. We recommend a blob-like shape without difficult corners so it’s easier to glue.
Step 2. Cut your shape out; that will become your template.
Step 3. . Turn your t-shirt inside out. Use your pencil or light marker to trace the template onto the t-shirt.
Step 4. Pin down the shape, then cut it out.
Step 5. Take out the pins. Reverse the t-shirt right side up, and lay both pieces on top of each other.
Step 6. Start gluing small sections about 1/2″ away from the edges, pressing down firmly in small sections.
Step 7. Leave a small hole for your stuffing.
Step 8. Glue your button eyes. Cut out a mouth from a scrap piece of felt and glue that down too.
*NOTE: if you will be giving the softie to a toddler or young child, please stitch the buttons as glue is not secured, the buttons can come off and become a choking hazard.
Step 9. Start filling your softie with polyfill stuffing.
Step 10. Once stuffed, glue and press down the small hole opening.
How easy was that? You can customize these softies in so many different ways with various patterned tees, colored buttons, and felt colors. This would be a great activity to set up for a classroom, playdate or art session with all the materials laid out.
Remember, you can always skip the hot glue and have kids sew the softie instead! Sewing is a wonderful skill for kids to have and builds fine motor skills too.
Another tip if you have a beginner sewer is to use the glue method, but then stitch around by practicing hand sewing with kids. That way they can focus on the stitching while the softie is held intact. We’ve done that with other stuffed toy project with the kids.
Watch my daughter show you the step by step video of how to make a No-Sew T-Shirt Monster Softie right below.
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