I’ll say first that this project is made loads easier if you have a sewing machine. I would not have taken it on if I didn’t have one.
I did a few things different from the ORIGINAL. I don’t like to do more work than I have to, so instead of making felt bags, I bought black canvas tote bags from Hobby Lobby. Easy and cheap! You can buy colored tote bags at Walmart (I realized this after-the-fact). They came out to be about $2 a piece with my coupon.
Then I drew and cut out a monster face shape pattern on paper and traced it onto my felt. Then I cut out the other monster parts (eyes, note, and ears). Lastly, I cut a strip for the monster mouth where the crayon slots would be. I double layered this part so it wouldn’t be flimsy. I just eye-balled how tall to make the mouth, leaving room for the eyes and nose.
I first sewed the ears on, then I pinned the big face piece on, and sewed around the outline of it. And, then of course I sewed around the eyes and nose. The only tricky part was to keep maneuvering the bag so I wouldn’t sew it closed. Lastly, I sewed the rectangular crayon piece on and made slots. Then I filled each slot with a crayon (you could also use mini colored pencils like the original did).
I don’t consider myself a seamstress at all, so trust me when I say this project is very do-able-even for beginner sewers. Total time for each bag was less than an hour, and total cost…around $3! Aren’t they cute?
I filled each bag with a coloring book, a notepad and candy. And then I put the monsters to work, keeping my kids busy at church and other appointments. So far, they haven’t slacked on the job!