Monday, February 14, 2011

The Boo-Boo Monster

As a mother of a son whose whole purpose in life is to live up to the expectations of the "terrible twos" or threes, or fours, bumps and bruises are a part of every day life. He completely hates ice packs, so I've created a small "pouch" of sorts for your ice pack or ziplocks full of ice, to keep the effectiveness of ice without being as intimidating.

For this project you'll need:

An old or new rag or piece of terry cloth measuring about 8.5" x 12.5"
Felt for face details
Thread, scissors, etc.

This is my cloth. It measured 12.5" x 11.5" but was old and worn, and surely stretched out.
So, I cut two inches off both ends, so the cloth measured about 8.5" x 12.5"

It doesn't matter too much what your size ends up being, as long as it's a pretty good looking rectangle.

Next, we fold the hemmed edge (if you trimmed one side) up about a third of the way.
Then fold the top down. It should look like this:
Flip it over, and this will be where your "face" goes. I chose to do my face vertically, but it would be equally as cute horizontal.
Next, cut your face pieces out of felt. I didn't draw it out beforehand or anything, I just started cutting. I did change the mouth last minute, so these next pictures differ from the final product.
Next, pin your face on, making sure you're only pinning on the first layer of terry cloth. Shoes (or hair perhaps) are sewn on last, as they would "stick out". If you choose to add shoes or hair don't pin or applique them on.
Next, applique your face on. There are a few ways to do this. I like the buttonhole stitch (blanket stitch) with embroidery floss the best. If you'd like to do that and don't know how, here is a good video. Otherwise, machine stitching around the edges would work, or a regular back stitch or fabric/craft glue too.
After you've got everything sewn on, baste your shoes or other stick-out part on. Pin parts going inward, and sew as close to the edge as possible.

Then, fold the fabric in thirds again. Fold fabric on top of your face (right sides together) (make sure shoes are still folded in)
It should look something like this:
Sew up the left and right side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Then, zig zag close to the edge to keep the fabric from fraying.
Turn right side out and volia!! Slip ice pack inside.....
And soothe life's bruises away.

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