07 April 2010

Meet Sparky, my first softie.


My little boy is really into robots right now.  There is a pbskids.org game from Word Girl that has you build a robot...he's hooked.  So, he asked me the other day to make him a robot toy.  I've wanted to try my hand at softie making, and so I decided to go for it.

We began by sketching out some ideas.  Little boy knew he wanted certain important features like a square body, gloves on the hands, and an antenna.  He also wanted a circle head, but we decided aesthetically, a square would be better.  He helped to color the sketch:

I wasn't sure where to begin, but I remembered Larissa at mmmcrafts had a free Molly Monkey pattern, and I decided to do some research.  Although robots and monkeys have little in the ways of similar anatomy, Larissa's clear instructions helped me to know how to put my robot together.  (I'm also planning to make a Molly Monkey for Baby when she turns two this summer.)

This was a lot of fun to do.  I just let my imagination run wild.  I played with grommets and ricrac, appliques, and embroidery, and my boy is thrilled.  The head and body are denim, the arms and legs regular cotton.  I also added his name, so there would be no arguing about who's toy it was. 
 The hardest part was turning those skinny arms and legs, and then stuffing them.  All three older children helped to stuff this guy, and then I hand sewed the openings closed with a baseball stitch.  Thank goodness for Larissa's instructions! They were invaluable for constructing a softie.
 Best of all, my little guy has a new friend. 



Sparky was marked as a favorite over at Blue Cricket AND featured on Tatertots and Jello

Linking up with Somewhat SimpleBlue Cricket, Women Who Do It All, and Just a GirlKoJo DesignsA Few of  My Favorite Things, Tatetots and Jello, The Idea Room, The Girl Creative, and Delicious Ambiguity and SSB Mondays.

24 happy thoughts:

Jax @ AlyandAsh said...

That is the cutest thing I've ever seen! I wish I knew how to sew I'd totally want to make one! Have you thought about making them to sell? Let me know...alyashcreations(at)gmail(dot)com

Larissa said...

Oh, my goodness! that robot is adorable. wow, thanks for your sweet words and I know your Molly is going to be just as cute. I love the robot's control panels the best, with the grommets and sparkly rick rack. Your boy is lucky! My girls dig some Word Girl too. Actually, so do I. :-)

Amber said...

That is so cute! I just love how you created it according to your son's drawing!

Thanks for stopping by my little blog and leaving a comment. :)
Amber @ www.itsgreeneroverhere.blogspot.com

janimal said...

That is fantastic! I was just looking at my daughter's Yo Gabba Gabba Plex robot and thinking of trying to make a "girl" robot. LOVE how you made yours. Looks totally awesome. Will have to "borrow" your ideas!

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

absolutely delightful! ...well done with so much charm! Hope to see you back at my place. I have become a follower and hope you will do the same. until later...

Stephanie Lynn said...

Sparky is adorable - Using your sons drawling makes it so special! Great job!

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Great job! I never would have been able to figure out how to make it so artistically!!!

Jen said...

So cute and creative! I wish I could make something so fun for my son! :)

Ashleigh said...

This is adorable! It's the cutest little guy I've seen. My son would love something like this. I'll have to bookmark this idea for sure!

the thrifty ba said...

just came from tatertots and jello and im in love! this is a amazing robot! and now im your newest follower/fan!

Amanda said...

That is so cool, I just love it! I bet your little guy loves it too! :)

creativejewishmom.com said...

great job, love the details! Thanks so much for linking up on Craft Schooling Sunday, hope to see you again next week! all the best.

kirstin & jordan said...

LOVE this... I am pretty sure my son needs one. :)

The Little Red Shop said...

What a cutie for your sweetie!

: )

Julie M.

Camille said...

Soooo very cool, I can't wait to make one!

Deeedra said...

I have thought about doing this as well... making a softie out of my childs drawing! You did such a great job! Love it!

Jessica Hills said...

That is adorable! Thanks so much for posting this on Favorite Things Friday!

Anj said...

This is so sinkin' cute! My son would love it. And I adore his little drawing. How precious.

Thanks for the darling comment on my blog as well!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Wow! I want one! And how darling is that picture?! Thanks so much for linking up to Tot Tuesdays this week! I am hosting my first giveaway which ends on Tuesday. I hope you’ll stop by. Have a great week! ☺

Ginger said...

Awww...he's so cute! Looks like it would be fun to make one! Link him up to Mad Skills Monday over at SuperStinkyBoys!

Blessings,
Ginger
SSB

http://superstinkyboys.blogspot.com

Ginger said...

Awesome! Thanks for linking him up to Mad Skills Monday! Hope to see you next week!

Ginger
SSB

Ginger said...

Hi there! You were featured on Mad Skills Monday for this awesome project! Congrats!

Ginger
SSB

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

I featured you on Tot Tuesdays today! :)

Emily said...

very cute! Saw you on tot-Tues... Nice to see a "doll" shape that can be for a boy!

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