Saturday, November 12, 2011

Merry Christmas (No, really)

I thought it might be nice to share this tutorial, so you have time to whip up a few for Christmas.



See, I'm always thinking about you guys- always. It has nothing at all to do with the fact that I am doing boring not blogworthy craft at the moment and having nothing to show. Nothing at all.






To begin you will need to pop over grab the pattern pieces document . Cut everything out and iron some medium weight interfacing to the pocket bot body piece and the head side piece.
hmmm, this photo seems to be mising the felt pocket and the felt cover for the base... Brilliant start Jodie !
Sew a line of stitching ¼ inch from bottom of pocket-bots body. (This is a guide for later) and yes you are welcome to sew it as crappily as I have done.
Fold the little felt pocket toward body on fold line and pin in place, no idea why we need the fold really, the felt isn't going to fray, its just that anal thing kicking in again. Sew pocket in place close to the edge of the felt - do not sew across top of pocket ‘cause then it wouldn’t be a pocket !
Fold body piece right sides together and sew centre back seam.
Stand it up and admire it Place your plastic circle(this can be templastic or a bit of old ice-ceam container, whatever you have on hand) in the middle of your felt base. Run a gathering stitch around the edge of the felt circle by hand
Pull your gather stitch to ease the fabric closed around the plastic circle. You may like to run your thread across the back a few times to secure it and keep it all nice and tight.
Fold up the bottom of your bot, using the stitched line as a fold guide and hand sew the covered base to the bottom
Pop a few tablespoons of stuffing pellets into your bot. You may find it easier to make a little cardboard funnel for this. (They go everywhere!) Fill the remainder of the bot with stuffing, until the body is quite firm (I am serious , I mean firm)
·Pin the back of the bots head to the head strip ( right sides together) and sew around, matching the dots on the pattern. Repeat for head front.
Don’t panic if your strip is too long - Just trim it off leaving enough to be able to sew the gap closed.


Turn right sides out through gap in bottom. Mark with pins where you would like the eyes (fiddle around with this, see what you like best)
I used little scrapbooking brads, opening out the little pins at the back to secure in place, but you could easily embroider some eyes.



Add your antennae (a handbag foot) in the same way as the brads, opening out the pins inside the head




Pop it on your finger and using a funny voice, go and talk to your family. Ask for a cup of tea-they won't be able to resist!




Stuff firmly and sew the gap closed.

Now you just have to hand sew the head to the body.
Tuck a small ¼ inch of the body in at the top and sew the head on.




The hardest bit of this will be deciding what to put in the pocket- Personally I think a little message, sharing the joy of the season, is required.


"Dearest Sister in law, if you find an excuse to get out of cleaning up again this year, those crunchy bits in your pudding will not be coins"


If you want to print out the instructions-albeit in a slightly different format, I have made it available to download as well .



Go on share the love !

38 comments:

  1. How could anyone resist their very own Message Bot? Love!!!

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  2. Thanks Jodie - up 'til now my Swap Buddy was getting ?????? and now she's getting the perfect handmade chrissy gift and if Message Bots are as easy to make as they look so will a lot of other people!

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  3. Too cute! Thanks for sharing the love!

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  4. Goodness, you would need lots of message bots for that tiny message. Or be able to write really, really small.

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  5. I think my SIL needs one of those message bots! Thanks Jodie. Xx

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  6. Thank you SO MUCH Jodie for sharing this pattern and tutorial. They are the cutest little robots ever.

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  7. ...That is too cute! Thank you so much! :o)

    ...Blessings

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  8. Very, very cute! :)
    Please give me permission to make message bots for my five brothers...their five wives...my parents and mother-in-law...my goddaughter...my husband and three children. Assembly-line message bot making would be so much more enjoyable than going to the dreaded mall. :)

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  9. This is so yummy, thanks for this , you're yummy too Jodie.

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  10. These are awesome, thanks for sharing. I love the idea of using brads for eyes - I've never thought of that!!

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  11. What a generous gift! Thank you!

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  12. Thank you so much!! I've wanted to make a pocket bot since the first time I saw them on your blog. So cute!

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  13. I just LOVE the message to your SIL.
    I'd love to be a fly on the wall at your family christmas!
    xx

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  14. Printed already! Would be nice for my SSCS - thanks!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  15. I think they would make great ninjas too if you made them in black!
    You make it look easy, sigh, I'm sure there would be some swearing in the instructions if I sewed this!

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  16. Forever friends. So sweet, so alien.
    Another project to add to my: I -eally-want-to-make-this-list.
    Happy weekend!

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  17. Worth the wait! thanks for this..although I have very little time before Christmas AND my craft fair is next Saturday..aaaggghhh!!

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  18. Fabulous. I shall begin now. My sister in law and my sister and my brother and my other brother and even his wife can all have sweet robots with not so sweet, hintful messages for Christmas. Or am I sounding all martyred?

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  19. I bought a pocket bot kit from you at the craft show held at Caulfield Racecourse last year. Our bot is destined to be the lost-tooth holder - a middle man for the tooth fairy if you like - however I haven't found the time to stitch him together yet. My son is almost 6 and a wobbly tooth is on his birthday wish list so I had better get a wriggle on!

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  20. What a lovely and generous Christmas gift so, even if I never get the time to actually make one - thank you Oh Talented One for thinking of us, your followers, this festive season.

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  21. "Fold up the bottom of your bot" makes me snicker! The message to Sister-in-Law is priceless! Do you have one of these (SIL) too? You do make it look very easy - is it Really that easy? Really Truly?

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  22. We come in peace!!! Adorable little robots with silly knobs on their heads. So much friendlier than the Dahrligs. Ooops, too much Dr. Who going on over here. ;0

    Enjoy your mini break from school!

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  23. yay thank you
    Now I wonder if I can fit making message bots in today?

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  24. Oh my gosh--the most darling little bots ever from you who is so clever. I rhymed!

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  25. So, so clever ... all my friends are so getting a Christmas greeting in a bot!

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  26. clever you! love the sister-in-law message !

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  27. Nice work - having overlooked the crappy sewing - there's a glimmer of inspiration - but then again the temptation of the message could change Christmas as we once once knew it ....

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  28. Loving it, will just have to make one or two so I can get a cup of tea. Have I told you how clever you are?

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  29. A fab tutorial jodie - thank you! I'll definitely be making some for Christmas. Locket xx

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  30. Splendid tutorial - thank you so much! Plan to make a couple as Chrismas presents......

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  31. Thank you Jodie - they are so very sweet and I am sure I too will be making some. Can't resist! Thanks again for sharing! Greetings from Germany

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  32. I dont' know what I love more, the little bot, the commentary in the directions, the asking for tea or the note to sister in law!!!! you totally made my day, which is probably not saying much as I need to go to the aid of a certain big guy who is going to be replacing toilet pipes.......... but you get the idea, I am totally gleeful that I spotted this blog today! Merci beaucoup!!!!

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  33. They are very very cute. Love your directions ... gave me a good laugh. Thanks heaps for sharing.

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  34. Oh wow, I've just found these bots today and they are adorable and your instructions here have just made my afternoon, (I think the boss has just called the funny farm) thank you very much. Now off to find some suitable fabric.

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Hellloooooo !!!!