Huzzah! It worked 🙂
With a working sewing machine these were actually pretty straightforward. So much so that I thought I’d have my first attempt at a tutorial 🙂 My methods are kind of vague but that’s okay as all monsters are different.
Start with matching rectangles of fur and lining material (I used red felt). You’ll also want some triangles of white felt and a pair of safety eyes.
First you need to stitch together the different layers at the top edge – fur, lining and teeth – the fur needs to face inwards with the teeth between the fur side and the lining.
Then once that’s all nicely stitched together
Open it out flat – and smooth down the seam
Fold the rectangle down the centre and sew into a tube with one end the lining and the other the fur
Make sure you leave a gap in the fur for the drawstring – It wants to be close to the top but far enough back that it won’t stop you inserting the eyes. Two to three inches should do it.
Flatten out the tube and sew up the fur end. I put the seam in the middle because I liked it that way but you could leave it to one side just as easily.
Then you need to add in your eyes – they want to be about an inch or so apart and close to the teeth edge. I added circles of felt around mine as they looked a bit too small. I forgot to take a photo of this part, bu you can see the placement on the finished bags.
Then all you need to do is sew up the bottom edge of the lining and sew a couple of channels for the drawstring to go in (lined up with the gap you left in the seam in the fur)
The rows of stitching should be either side of the gap you left in the fur – just poke a finger through to see where it starts and finishes. Thread some cord through and if you want to, add knots or toggles to stop it coming back out again.
And that’s it – one monster ready to eat your dice 🙂 I also made a tongue shaped pouch to hold pencils which attaches inside with a piece of stick on velcro but that’s completely optional.
I’ve ordered some different colours of fur so I can make more of these, they’re such fun!
Let me know if you give it a try.