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You’re welcome to contact me about making a stuffed monster from one of your child’s drawings (see below), but maybe you’d like to do it yourself at home. The best part about this project is spending time with your child and watching the design idea take shape as you figure out how to create it. I strongly encourage you to try it.

Here’s how the project unfolded in the classroom. First, we looked at a variety of stuffed toys to see how they were made; some were commercial and others were one-of-a-kind creations. We also looked at preliminary sketches for stuffed animals, including samples of how artists draw when we’re sketching out thoughts - quickly, without thinking about a perfect end product at first. The students let their drawings flow and simply crossed out what they didn’t like. Then they added color, and chose at least one other view to draw - back, side, etc. A big part of the project was using fabrics and trims in the classroom — this encouraged the students to think about texture even when they were drawing: soft, furry, shiny, wrinkly, sparkly, smooth, bumpy, etc. The students cut swatches of fabric to indicate the textures their monsters should be made of, then made written notes on the drawing about color, shape, and changes they wanted on the real thing. We used 12” × 18” cardstock to draw on.

After your drawings are done at home, make a trip to the fabric/craft store and let your child choose what colors, textures, and trims he or she wants. Then pick up plenty of fiberfill… When it comes to cutting the monster from the fabric, just draw a larger copy of their drawing on the fabric - I did it with tailor’s chalk. Add seam allowances and cut, sew, and stuff. It’s a great school/scout/etc fundraising project too; gather a group of parents for an old-fashioned sewing bee to benefit your child’s classroom.

A big debt of gratitude goes to Dave Devries and the inspiration he provided through the wonderful work he’s done with kid’s drawings. I show his book “The Monster Engine” to every class I work with, and the kids adore it.

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If you would rather have me make a creation from your child’s drawing for you, I’d be delighted to - please contact me for orders.

You might enjoy the iPod Touch Fleece Blanket page too; it was another school fundraiser. Thanks for your visit.