When you run out of ways to make those repetitive household chores more tolerable, it’s time to bring out your artistic side and put your imagination to work! Do you find that your kids (housemates, partner...) seem challenged when it comes to getting dirty laundry into the hamper?
Much to my delight, I discovered this playful solution thought up by designer and illustrator Sammy K. Sammy created, designed, and uploaded an easy-to-put-together pattern that she printed onto Spoonflower’s eco canvas, then devised this awesome tutorial. These hungry monsters make all things laundry-related way more fun, and can be used for toys or any other small, frequently used items. Plus -- they give your kids a good reason to get those dirty clothes into the hamper -- feed the monsters!
With four different color combos to pick from, these friendly monsters will make your kid gleefully cram as much clothing or toys into their mouths as possible. It's glorious.
I made two hungry beasts for our home, but make as many as you need to suit your organizing needs.
- Monster pattern printed onto canvas
- Sewing machine
- 6 inches of strong Velcro
1. Begin by cutting out all the pieces from your eco canvas yardage.
2. Pair all the matching front and back pieces for the arms and legs together, right sides facing each other. Sew along the edge, leaving the ends open. Turn right side out. I opted to pad my arms and legs with a layer of scrap batting for added plushiness, but this is optional.
3. Do the same process for the ears (without the batting). The monsters secure to just about any towel rod or railing by way of their ear loops. To do this, sew two interlocking strips of Velcro by hand onto the ears (sewn together, right side out), so that when the ears are folded over, the Velcro attaches to itself. This will create convenient hanging loops with a nice strong grip.
4. Stitch along the edge of the two front body panels to create a hem at the mouth. There will be a solid color lining that gets sewn to the inside of the back body panel, so the monster’s mouth will look more cavernous when complete! Nom! Nom! Nom!
5. Baste all legs, arms, and ears into position on the two front body panels. I like my arms intentionally asymmetrical so when they’re hung up together, multiple monsters don’t bump elbows but sit nicely side by side.
6. With the back body panel right side up (and lining face down), align the front bottom body panel and pin into place.
7. Now align the front top body panel with the top of the back panel and pin in place. The mouth will overlap with the bottom panel slightly for a more snug fit. Sew all the way around and flip your new friend right side out via the mouth opening. Iron flat.
Tada! Monster friends hung snugly together on a standard towel rod, ready to eat whatever you want to throw their way! Oh, you want more monsters? Get a longer towel rod and have at it! Monsters for the entire family!
You’ll get a kick out of these cute, mess-saving creatures, and once you make one, your imagination will run wild with alternative uses for them -- put one in the kitchen pantry for tossing dirty dish towels or for stuffing plastic bags. Tell us how you use yours in the comments below!
As a bonus, a pattern for a mini monster is included with your large pattern, and they make perfect little beanbag toys. My kids adore them, but beware of possible choking hazards for anyone too little. If your big hanging monsters' tummies are empty, you’ve got yourself a perfect rainy-day beanbag-toss game!
Photography by Samarra Khaja.