These miniature robot ornaments are made from some pretty low-tech materials–wool-blend felt, buttons, snaps, and embroidery floss. They hang out on the bulletin board in my craft room, where we can keep an eye on each other, but you could also clip them to a backpack or use them as decorations in an older child’s bedroom.
The inspiration for this project came from my love for 1950s sci-fi movies and a need to use up some of the odds and ends that had accumulated in my sewing box. I started with National Nonwovens WoolFelt® in Denim, Smokey Marble, Confederate Blue, Silver Grey, Black, Strawberry Parfait, and Opal. I created simple body shapes and then added felt appliques and simple embroidery to create the “control panels” and other details. The buttons and snaps are sewn on with metallic embroidery floss. If you want to have a go at making your own little robots, print the patterns below and size them so they’re about 4 1/2 inches tall.
Use the photos above and below as reference to create details, such as panels, eye bands, and mouths on the front pieces of the robots. When you’re happy with your designs, sew the robot fronts to the backs with running stitching, stuffing them lightly with polyester fiberfill as you go. I added jump rings and key chains to my robots for hanging, but you can use ribbon, chain, or another material you have in your craft supply stash.
This project was originally published in the Winter 2015 issue of Quilts and More magazine, which includes detailed instructions and patterns for making these little robots. The print issue is no longer available, but you can click here to peek inside and order the digital issue.
Images used with permission of Quilts and More magazine and Meredith Corporation. Copyright 2015.