We’re both big fans of Lamaze toys, and one of Little Button’s very favourite friends from day one has been Rusty the Robot.
He’s been with her on countless adventures – and she likes Rusty so much that I decided to make a robo-replacement so he could have the odd day off. Rather than replicate Rusty’s boyish charm, I decided to make a girl robot.
For this project you will need:
- 0.75m of green fabric
- Matching thread
- Fat quarter in pink fabric
- 20 cm elastic
- Toy stuffing
- Rattle / tic tacs box
- 2 black buttons
- Black embroidery floss
- Scrap of pink felt
- Fabric glue
1. Begin by cutting out your head, body and feet pieces as follows:
For the head cube you need 6 squares of green fabric each measuring 9cm x 9cm.
For the body cube you need 4 squares of green fabric measuring 11cm x 11cm and 2 squares of pink fabric measuring 11cm x 11cm.
For the feet cut 4 squares of green fabric measuring 7cm x 7cm and 2 squares of pink fabric of the same size.
2. Sew your head, body and feet squares to make cubes. These all use the same method. Begin by laying out your square as in the picture above. Pin and sew the four vertical squares right sides together so they form a joined-up line.
For the body and feet cubes the contrasting fabric needs to be the two outside squares so they are opposite each other when the cube is made.
Next sew the two other squares onto the second square down.
Then you need to pin and sew each side that is next to each other (right sides together) to form a cube.
When you reach the final side to be sewn leave a 3cm gap. Next, turn the cube the right way out making sure you push the corners out into points.
3. Stuff the cube with toy stuffing and sew up the gap by hand using a slip stitch.
For more explanation see our Baby fabric cube tutorial.
Optional: Add a bell / rattle / packet of tic tacs into the body cube in the middle of the stuffing.
4. For the arms and legs cut strips of fabric 15cm long and 10cm wide. Fold the fabric in half right sides together and sew together. Turn the fabric the right way out. To make the arms ruffled you need to insert a piece of elastic 7cm long into each arm. Scrunch up the fabric to the same length as the elastic and secure in place with a pin. To neaten the raw edges turn them inside the fabric and sew closed. Repeat this for all the arms and legs.
5. Now it’s time to assemble your robot. Hand sew the head cube onto the body cube in the centre. Make sure the contrasting pink fabric on the body cube is at the side of the body where the arms will go. Then hand sew the arms onto the side of the body cube.
Hand sew the legs onto the bottom of the body cube in the middle and then sew the feet cubes onto the legs. Make sure that you position the cubes so the pink fabric is facing out when the robot is sitting.
6. Finally sew the face. For the bow I followed Tia’s tutorial on making felt hair bows and then hand sewed onto the side of the head. Next hand sew the buttons on for eyes using black embroidery thread and hand-stitch eyelashes above the eyes.
Isn’t she beautiful (for a robot)? We called her Betty, and I’m sure she’ll be having many adventures with Rusty and Little Button this summer.
Click on the pictures below to see our other stuffed toy creations:
~ Laura xx ~