Create a Monster Cat Pillow!

Products Used:

  • 2 Fabrics of your choice! 1 for the body and 1 for the ears.
  • Quilt Batting to fill your pillow
  • Sew Much Cosplay Power Shine Glitter/Foil of your choice
  • RNK Precision Turning Tool
  • Sew Much Cosplay Sew Super Shears
  • Sewing Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron

Adorable plushie pillow creatures are everywhere! You’ve seen them around, at local stores and your favorite conventions! Why not go one step further, and make one of your own?

How To Create:

Cut an 8″ x 8″ square (or size of your liking) of the fabric you chose for the body.

Cut four triangles 3″ wide and 3″ tall of the fabric you want to use for your ears. Two will be for the front of the ears and two will be for the back of the ears. 

Measure your ears and cut two triangles of batting to match.

Take your ear triangles, and put the right sides together (Position it so that the two sides of the fabric you want facing out are currently facing in.) Place the triangle batting pieces on top. Pin down and sew the sides of the triangle.

**Remember to keep the bottom of the ears open so you can flip them right-side out!

Once sewn, flip them right-side out using your Turning Tool! This will help you pop out the tips of the ears without breaking the seams!

Moving on to the body of the pillow! Take the 8″ x 8″ squares of fabric with the right sides together (Position is to the sides you want facing out are currently facing in). Place the ears – pointing toward you – in between the two pieces of fabric. The bottom of the ears and the top of the fabric should meet. 

Pin around the fabric to hold in place. Keep a 4″ hole on the bottom of the pillow, so you can stuff the batting in later. Now you can sew the pillow!

Once your body is sewn, flip the pillow right-side out using your Turning Tool to pop out the corners of the pillow.

Your pillow is ready for a face! Now it’s time to start cutting the foil and glitter!

Use the cutting tool of your choice to create designs to fuse onto your pillow! We used a digital cutter to create a face, and then used Sew Much Cosplay Power Shine Black Glitter and Silver Foil.

If you don’t have access to a digital cutter, you can still use Power Shine Glitter and Foil by simply drawing on the heat-resistant pressing sheet and cutting along the lines! 

If you do use a digital cutter, remember to peel away the parts of the glitter/foil that aren’t a part of your design!

You can also layer Power Shine Glitter and Foil on top of each other! This opens up even more design options! We decided to add Silver Foil on top of our Black Glitter, to give the eyes a bit of sparkle!

Position your first layer on your pillow, with the heat-resistant pressing sheet on top. Set your iron to medium heat and press for 4 seconds. **When you iron it, be sure to press down , and not push back and forth.

If you decide to do multiple layers, be sure to peel away the heat-resistant pressing sheet before you iron on your next layer!

Once you’re done adding layers, it’s time to stuff the pillow! Cut your batting into 4″ x 4″ squares and stuff your pillow through the hole you left!

Once stuffed to your liking, pin the bottom hole together and either hand-stitch or sew together with your machine.

You are now the proud owner of a Monster Cat Pillow!

Combine fabrics, designs, foils and glitters to create infinite combinations of pillows! Use these charming little monsters to decorate your room, gift to friends, or liven up a workspace! With all of these choices available, it’s super easy to make each pillow your own!

If you’d like to use our Monster Cat Face Design…

To download the cut files to use with a digital cutter, CLICK HERE!

To download the PDF image to trace and cut by hand, CLICK HERE!

How to Make an EASY Superhero Patch

Products Used:

  • RNK Stitch N Shape Single Sided Fusible
  • Sew Much Cosplay Power Shine Red and Black Glitter
  • Sew Much Cosplay Power Shine Silver Foil

It’s hard to beat superhero movies that are still just as fun and exciting on the hundredth watch as they were the first! This project is an easy way to create a simple Superhero Patch, perfect for adding some chaotic fun to any backpack, jacket or whatever else your heart desires!

How to Create:

Start out by cutting a 2” circle out of Stitch N Shape and a 2” circle from our Sew Much Cosplay red glitter. Take the Sew Much Cosplay black glitter and cut 2 half circles, approximately an eighth of an inch smaller than your red glitter and Stitch N Shape. 

Take your Stitch N Shape circle, shiny side down, and your red glitter shiny side up and fuse by pressing an iron onto your red glitter. It is important to iron pressing down and not pushing the iron back and forth. Press the iron for about 15 seconds.

Extra Tip! Place a sheet of Parchment Paper between the Stitch N Shape and your ironing surface. This will prevent your patch from accidentally fusing to your ironing surface!

Leave to cool, if you move while still hot, the glitter could come away from the Stitch N Shape. Once cooled, peel away the heat-resistant pressing sheet.

Now, grab your 2 half black glitter circles, shiny side up and fuse by pressing an iron onto your black glitter against the shiny side of your red glitter. Again, press the iron and wait until completely cooled to pull away your heat-resistant pressing sheet.

Next, cut out the desired shape of the eyes to fit your black half circles. For our project, we decided to mix it up and cut out “X’s” and hearts.

Repeat the exact same process that you used with the red and black glitter. Remember: shiny side up before pressing!

Make your Superhero Patch your own!

You can use your Superhero Patch in lots of ways! Make it a permanent addition to your backpack, jacket, T-shirt or pair of pants simply by flipping the item inside-out and fusing the patch on the right side of the fabric. (Remember to fuse by pressing the iron down, not pushing the iron back and forth!) 

Try using different colors and patterns, to truly make this easy project uniquely yours!

Using RNK Stitch N Shape to Make a Masquerade Mask

You may have heard of RNK Stitch N Shape but may have been curious about what you can actually do with it. We were recently asked to make masks for a charity “masquerade ball”. There are so many different ways to make a masquerade mask and several of those ways can result in massive failure. Plus, this request came during our costume prop design sessions for upcoming C2E2 (Comicon) in Chicago. With creative juices flowing at an all-time high, we decided to put in some overtime and crank out a new project!

Like everyone, the first stop on the creation train was Pinterest. After only a few minutes, we found a free mask pattern! Score! The logical next step was to dig through old ribbons, crystals, beads, and trims and got to creating!

The base for these masks is RNK’s STITCH N SHAPE – this product is fusible on one side, thick but flexible – a perfect foundation for the masks. Then, it was time to come up with a theme. Initial thoughts, “animalistic” and you can see the other is a “joker” – perfect for these folks! While digging in the scrap bin, we found a scrap of that cool appliqué diamond fabric. It fused to the Stitch N Shape lickity split.

Then it was time to incorporated our fabulous new Heat Transfer Foils/Vinyls available in our new Embellish and Cosplay lines by RNK. These foils/vinyls handle beautifully and even withstood the “shaping” of the Stitch N Shape with the heat gun. Add some crystals, ribbons, feathers and trims – voila! Ready for a fabulous time at the Ball!

Who is Your Cosplay Alter Ego? Find Yourself.

We are CRAZY (yes all caps) for Cosplay!! We haven’t been this excited for the sewing/crafting industry since the cover hem was introduced for serger. Ggggggg! And the best part, each one of us have the freedom to figure out who our cosplay alter ego is!

Those of you that truly “know” me and have been to my classes know that I am a nerd with a capital “N”. Having this credential in my DNA makes me a fanatic for all things Cosplay!
Let me back up, do you know what Cosplay is? Cosplay literally means “costume play” and it is amazing how many people put on their “cosplay” identity when you mention that word! It makes me giddy! Star Wars, WonderWoman, Thor – whatever your cosplay alter ego may be, Cosplay lets you enter that world.

A little history on cosplay. It’s still a fairly new cultural phenomenon. It started in Japan and other parts of Asia in the early 1990’s. You may see this and think “Do they just pretend it’s Halloween year round?” The answer is an emphatic “No!”. For many cosplayers, designing their costumer is an art and a simple Google image search for the term “cosplay costumes” will show you just that!

I just graduated myself into “armor making” – oh my gosh – “hooked” doesn’t describe it. I love creating pieces out of our new Hero Foam – spray painting, embellishing and then “BAMM”, I have a super hero piece just like in the movies! I never knew I could create a crown, breast plate or shoulder pauldron (fancy, huh?) with such simple steps! The cool thing about our new SewMuchCosplay Hero-Foam is it is a one-step process – NO priming. Just cut it, layer it, paint it – DONE!

Want to find SewMuchCosplay Hero-Foam for yourself? Check out our Dealer Locator to find a local Sew Much Cosplay dealer near you!