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“Today I'm going to show you how to make a fun Monster Pouch. It can be used to store anything from pencils to knitting needles depending on the size you make. It can make a fun gift for anyone from any age and is a fun edition to a crafting bag. It can also be done with minimal to no sewing if you wish by replacing the sewing steps with hot glue. Just bear in mind that the hot glue will be less sturdy than using stitches.” - Lizzie Barnes
Gather all your materials together.
Decide how big you want your pouch to be and measure out your outer fabric and your lining. You want your lining to be a bit bigger than your outer piece of fabric. Once you’re happy with the size cut out the two pieces.
Put aside your lining piece for the minute and fold your outer piece over with the wrong side facing upwards into a third, then stitch along the outer edges leaving the top part open. I used a blanket stich but a running stitch will work just as well. You could also hot glue it all together if you wish.
Now pin the lining piece to the outer fabric, making sure to fold over the edge at both ends so you'll have a nice neat edge.
Sew along the edges to join the lining to the outer piece but leave the top of the flap bit open for now. Use any stich you like. I used a blanket stitch for the inner edges and a running stich along the top. Again you could use hot glue instead of sewing if you prefer. Once you’re happy with how it’s attached turn the pouch the right way out.
Fold the edges of the outer fabric over onto the liner and pin in place. Once you’re happy with it sew it into place still leaving the top edge open. Again you can hot glue instead.
Measure out and cut a piece of felt for the teeth. It needs to fit flat in the opening at the top of the flap. Once you’re happy with the size pin it into place and then sew the three pieces together. Again I used a running stich here. You could just hot glue it all into place as well.
Now we get onto the details that make your pouch your own. Cut out the felt for the eyes. Choose whatever style you like. I went with a cat eye style. Once you’re happy with your eyes hot glue all the pieces together
Attach the eyes with hot glue to the outside making sure to brush the fur away so your eyes sit in the fur rather than just on top of it. Then taking some of your spare fur cut out two shapes of fur to male eyebrows. I used rectangles but you can use whatever shape will achieve your desired look. Once you’re happy with the shape of your eyebrows, turn them over and using hot glue fold the edges over so all the raw edges are hidden. Once you’re happy with them attach them to your monster with hot glue.
Now cut out your teeth to achieve your desired look. I went with triangles for a fierce look but you could do rounded or square teeth depending on the personality of your monster.
Attach your tongue with a bit of hot glue to the inside of your flap. Placement is entirely up to personal choice. And then attach the closure snaps to the inside to make sure everything doesn’t spill out into your bag. I used a bit of chalk to get them to line up correctly. Then sew them into place. You can attach these with hot glue instead of sewing but they won’t be as sturdy if you do.
Taking the stitch ripper go around your pouch and gently pull any fur that has gotten trapped under stitches to make sure your monster is a fluffy as he can be. Then fill your pouch with whatever bits you want and enjoy.