Like most moms, sometimes I get a little carried away when it comes to my kids. I planned to be a sane mom and not overdo the first birthday of my first and only child, but my first and only child just turned one and that’s kind of a big deal.
I started with a monster theme. I used this tutorial I found on pinterest for the monsters. Most of the prints were from my stash. I got started on the sewing at our American Sewing Guild retreat in September. That was my last sewing hoorah before I really buckled down for a month of hard-core studying for my PE (professional engineering) exam that I took at the end of October.
The only real changes I made to the tutorial were to stabilize the zipper opening with a 1″ strip of interfacing and to use steam a seam to position the zippers before I topstitched around them.
I got about halfway through making the monsters at the 2 day retreat and mostly set them aside for the next month while I tried to spend every spare minute I could stand studying for my test.
In total I made 12 monsters. One for each cousin at the party and one to keep for the birthday boy. I got them done the morning of the party with my mother in law on last minute stuffing duty.
The zipper mouths added quite a bit of time to the overall project, but the kids were so totally thrilled with them that it was well worth the effort.
For decor I used paper products, including plastic table cloths, from Dollar Tree. I also purchased a cute monster themed cricut cartridge to make a cute banner and centerpieces. I spent a few nights after the little one was in bed during the week between the test and the party to put together the cricut monster banner, etc.
He’ll wear this cute t all winter which made this the most practical project for the party.
All in all the party was a success. We kept the food simple. I just did a veggie tray and some fresh popcorn since it wasn’t during meal time. My sister in law helped with the cupcakes and we got some sugar cookies…only because the Hot Italian loves sugar cookies and he offered to pick them up from his favorite bakery.
The kids LOVED the stuffed monsters which made the time I spent on them totally worth it.
Now I’m back to doing a little sewing for myself, which I’ll have to update you on soon.