Last weekend, my friend was excitedly telling me about some monster pants she knitted for her grand-daughter. There are some great patterns to knit or crochet, and her grand-daughter looks very cute!
But, I'd rather sew this project because this is the reply I received while asking my son for advice: "As his grandma, I think you can make him whatever silly stuff you want. Fleece sounds nice. Could you make him a top to go with it? He could wear them for PJs. Love you."
Materials and supplies:
2 hours and basic sewing skills (one pair PJ bottoms)
1 yard fleece, and stash fleece for the monster's face (size 2)
pants pattern in the desired size
elastic for waist
thread (matching or contrasting)
I checked the pattern drawer, fleece stash, coupons and sales, and headed up to JoAnns.
|I purchased 1 yard of two coordinating fleece fabrics, and gathered supplies.|
|My lucky day, the pattern fit on 1 yard. I modified the pants, front,and bottom hems of the top.|
|I cut out the pieces. There was enough fabric for two pair of PJs!|
|Getting started on one PJ bottom, I stitched the back seam.|
|With the back seam stitched, I folded the PJ bottoms at the sides to create a more realistic view.|
|I used a sliver of dry soap to trace around an 8.5"salad plate for the monster's head.|
|I traced around the 3" jar lid, and cut the eyes.|
|I cut pupils from the smaller dots of the coordinating fabric. I also fashioned a mouth and teeth. I pinned the details to the face, and carried just that to the sewing machine. I stitched, and trimmed the pieces into place.|
|I set the monster's face onto the back of the PJ bottoms, and saw that I needed to stitch the elastic casing at the waist. Then I pinned the monster's face in place, and stitched it to the back of the PJ bottoms.|
|Sorry, I didn't take photos of sewing the PJ bottoms. I stitched the inside legs, then slid one leg inside the other to finish sewing the crotch. Next, I finished the elastic casing, and threaded though the elastic. Finally, I hemmed the legs.|
|I made the second pair of Monster PJ bottoms.|
|The next morning, I made the tops. Once I looked at them, the PJ's were really crazy, but then
monsters have poor fashion sense. I thought waffle knit tops would look
much nicer. |
|A quick trip to the outlet mall Carter's made this fashion minded grandma happy, and the value of the package (JoAnn's fleece sale) more than the postage. I put the 4 tops and both Monster PJ Bottoms in a medium flat rate box.|
The sun was shining, I walked the package to the post office.
Copyright 2016, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1/9/16
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