Monster Pillow

Hello again! I just love creating things for my little boys and this Monster Pillow has been the biggest hit so far. We love Monsters in our house! And my boys have really enjoyed the little secret pocket in this Monster Pillow. They keep their Leapster, games, books, movies, and treats all tucked inside. And let's not forget the great handles, which make for some awesome pillow fights! For more fun Halloween tote and bag ideas, you can hop on over to my blog at {}.

For this pillow I used my absolute favorite Halloween collection, Halloween Night by Minick and Simpson....Seriously the cutest! For this project you need:
  • 2 Fat Quarters for outside fabric
  • 2 Fat Quarters for inside pocket
  • 1 Charm Pack
  • 8" by 8" white scrap fabric for eyes and teeth
  • 6" by 2" black scrap fabric for eyes
  • 9" by 2" red scrap fabric for mouth
  • Batting
  • Magnetic Snap or Velcro
  • Wonder Under

  • Fusible Fleece


1. Outside Fabric: Cut (2) 16" by 16" squares. Cut fusible fleece to match and apply to wrong sides.
2. Pocket Fabric: Cut (2) 12" by 12" squares. Cut fusible fleece to match and apply to wrong sides.

Cut (4) 15" by 2" strips for straps and cut 2 fusible fleece to match and apply to wrong sides of 2 strap pieces.
3. Charm Pack: Cut 12 large triangles 5" wide by 5" tall, with angles slanted inward 2.5" as shown.Cut 12 medium triangles 3" wide by 5" tall, with angles slanted inward 1.5" as shown.Cut 14 small triangles 4" wide by 3.5" tall, with angles slanted inward 2" as shown.
4. White of Eyes: Cut (2) 4.25" by 3.25" ovals. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides.

5. Black of Eyes: Cut (2) 2.5" by 1.5" ovals. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides.

6. Mouth: Cut (2) 8.5" by .75" strips. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides.

7. Teeth: Cut (1) 3.5" by 1.75" large tooth. Cut (1) 2.5" by 2" small tooth. Apply Wonder Under to wrong sides of both teeth.

1. Match 2 triangle pieces right sides together. Sew down long edges, leaving base open. Turn right sides out, press, and top stitch. Repeat with the rest of triangle pieces. You will have 19 triangles when finished.
2. Pin triangles around 3 edges of one of your 16" by 16" squares. Make sure all points are facing inward. Top stitch in place.

3. Press triangles so they point out as shown below.

4. Apply the "black of eyes" to the "white of eyes" according to Wonder Under instructions. Apply "white of eyes" about 4" from top center, overlapping a little. Press in place with Wonder Under.

5. Measure 6" from bottom center of outside fabric and press a mouth strip in place at a slight angle. With top of teeth inline with mouth strip, press teeth where desired. Press second mouth strip on top of teeth, also at a slight angle.

6. Using your favorite applique stitch, stitch around edges of all Monster Face pieces.

7. Measure 2" from top center of both pocket pieces and apply magnetic snap or Velcro.

8. Place one strap with fusible fleece and one strap without, right sides together. Stitch down long edges, leaving ends open, turn right sides out, press, and top stitch. Measure 2.5" from each side of pocket piece and stitch ends of strap in place, with raw ends facing up, as shown below. Repeat with second strap and pocket piece.

9. Center one pocket piece on one body piece with right sides together. Top stitch across the top only. Repeat with other body piece and pocket piece as shown below.

10. Lay both pillow pieces right sides together as shown below, with body pieces and pocket pieces lined up together and pin in place. Sew around all edges, leaving a 4" opening in pocket to turn. Turn entire pillow right sides out.
11. Stuff pillow through 4" opening in pocket.

12. Hand stitch or top stitch opening closed. Stuff pocket back into pillow for secret stuff. :)

Makes one Monster Pillow.

The fusible fleece is optional. I used it to keep a stiff structure to the Monster Face.

Tiffany Jenkins


Modern Male Homemaker said...

This project is AWESOME! I love the idea of putting handles and a hidden pocket inside. Perfect for taking on long car trips.

Canadian Kristin said...

Ooooh, totally could adapt this for an angel or a make it a monster with fun fur, or what about a glam doll... hmmm, my daughter (8yrs) wants to make Christmas gifts for her friends, this would be a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Quiltjane said...

That's a very cute but scary pillow. I love the secret compartment.

Michele said...

So cute! Love the pocket and straps. And the spikes are perfect!

Cindy said...

This is SO darling. thank you.

Admitted Fabricaholic said...

seriously digging this pillow! GREAT job!!!

KarrieLyne said...

This is so fun!! My son would love this!! Thanks!

Abbey said...

Love it!!! What a great idea with the pocket inside!!!!

Ariane said...

This is so cute!!! Thanks for sharing it.

Anja said...

So cute!
But I can´t open the printer version!

traceyjay said...

very clever. :)

Love the spiky hair!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Love it Tiffany!


a little bit biased said...

I never knew a monster could be so cute!!! Great job!

Pam said...

This is such a fun project to make for a kid. Heck, I'd even like to have one. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Pam @ Sallygoodin

maggiesquiltnthreads said...

this is so cute! i showed my husband and we both agree i need to make it for our 3 1/2 year old son! thanks for the idea and tutorial!!!

Jenny said...

Great tutorial! Fun project! I featured you on my blog:

Allie said...

Love it! Made one for my three year old. Such a great idea! And fantastic instructions. Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

So cute and easy to construct. I made two for my grandsons for Christmas. I cannot wait to see their faces.