When I walked down the cleaning supplies aisle at the dollar store, I saw these microfiber cloths that were the PERFECT monster blue and green, and I just knew I had to make them into something to celebrate my favorite monsters, Mike Wazowski and Sulley from Monsters University. Read on for instructions on how to make these simple sewing projects.
- 2 Green microfiber cleaning cloths, $2
- 6 Blue fuzzy microfiber cleaning cloths, $6
- 3″ Styrofoam ball, $1 for a package of 2
- Scrap of cardboard, on hand
- White and blue fabric scraps (or old t-shirts), on hand
- Sewing machine, on hand
- Needle, thread and pins, on hand
How to Sew the Blue Pocket Scarf:
This pocket scarf is simple to sew, cute and cozy. The fuzzy blue fabric reminds me of Sulley from Monsters University!
1. We are only using the blue cloths for the scarf project. Begin by trimming the outside edge of each cloth off right next to the seam.
2. Next pin two of the cloths together at the narrow edge.
Note: The microfiber can be a difficult fabric to work with. To make it more manageable, it is best to back it with some type of paper that can easy be removed after you are done sewing. I just used white notebook paper.
3. Place paper backed cloth under your sewing foot and do a straight stitch. Sew at a medium speed.
4. Repeat until you have a long strip of 5 of the cloths, then gently tug them from the ends to blend your stitches. You may have to trim a little if the seam is too bulky.
5. Making the pocket is super easy. Place your extra cloth over your scarf end and cut to fit. Make the pocket big enough to fit a child’s hand in it (mine was about 4 inches deep). Paper back the material as you did before. Sew around the outside seams (on three sides).
6. Remove the paper by just tearing along the perforated seam.
7. Once completed you can leave the scarf as is or add a fun monogram to the pockets.
I created the Monsters University logo by cutting letters out of woven fabric with my Cricut. You can also trace and cut letters out manually. Stabilize the fabric before doing so, by ironing onto interfacing or freezer paper. Don’t forget to remove the freezer paper before you attach the monogram! I attached with hot glue, but you could also use fabric glue.
How to Sew the Green Monster Hat:
This hat is simple to sew, but has a few fun extras: A 3 dimensional eyeball and a jaunty Monsters U baseball cap.
1. As we did with the Sulley scarf you need to remove the edges of the cloths, cutting next to the seams.
2. Pin together on the two longest sides. I paper backed the cloths again for this project. It’s just so much easier than having your machine eat the fabric!
3. Turn your project inside out. Fold over one of the edges to create the bottom seam of the hat. Secure with a few hand stitches.
4. Next, we are going to close the top. Lightly weave the thread in and out on the top edge. Take the two ends and pull them. It will look as if you are closing a bag. Tie the tightened ends together.
Now you can flip it right side out and do your finish work.
To make the Mike Eyeball:
I wanted my Mike hat to look just like Mike in the movie.
1. Eyeball: Cut a Styrofoam ball in half with a craft knife (or a kitchen knife will work). Cover the ball half with the white fabric, and attach the fabric edges around to the flat side and hot glue in place. Glue a piece of black fabric in the middle for the eye ball center. Attach to the hat with a hot glue gun, or by stitching through the hat and around the eyeball, catching the white fabric in your thread.
2. Mini Baseball Cap: To finish the baseball cap on top of the hat I took the other half of the Styrofoam ball and covered it with blue fabric like I did with the eyeball. To create a bill for the hat, cut a half moon shape out of cardboard (like a recycled cereal box), then cover with blue fabric. Attach the pieces together with a glue gun. Attach to green hat with hot glue or by stitching onto the hat like you did with the eyeball.
Create a Monsters U logo like you did for the scarf. I made mine by cutting letters out of woven fabric with my Cricut. You can also trace and cut letters out manually. Stabilize the fabric before doing so, by ironing onto interfacing or freezer paper. Don’t forget to remove the freezer paper before you attach the monogram! I attached with hot glue, but you could also use fabric glue.
Monsters University: Order the Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack
Thanks to Disney/Pixar who sponsored this fun project! Monsters University will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack October 29th. You can pre-order the movie online!
You can keep up with Monsters University in all these places:
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