Introduction: How to Make a USB Thumb Drive Gift More Memorable

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A USB thumb drive is both small and handy, but an ordinary thumb drive is not really a cool present to give (unless it's packed with giga bytes, of course).

I wanted one of those fancy Japanese inspired pen drives, looking like a car or a sushi bite, to give away, but they are very hard to come by in Norway. So I started looking for instructables showing how to make one by myself. But all the projects I found were either time consuming and difficult, or the parts were too hard to find. So, wandered different toy stores, and found... a toy doll.

The 1 GB thumb drive I already had bought happened to have a "durable rubber construction". Now, wouldn't that make me able to sew this pen drive firm inside the toy doll?

This is a low-priced project, with prices varying depending on thumb drive size and how sophisticated doll you find.

Step 1: What and With

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This idea is based on a toy doll and a rubber coated thumb drive, and the technical skill of sewing.

I had might not thought of this if it wasn't for the rubber coating, so if you can not find a thumb drive of this kind, you might have to experiment with glue. I tried once with a regular thumb drive, and attach an elastic band to the doll to fold around the thumb drive, sort of like a mitten. That turned out to be too difficult for me, but also an idea if you like.

So, here is the list of what you need:

1 toy doll of your preferences (i found these $0.90 ones at IKEA)
1 rubber coated USB thumb drive (this one works perfect)

1 sewing thread of perfect color
1 sewing needle
1 pair of tweezers
1 tiny sharp knife thingie, called seam ripper or stitch ripper

Step 2: Cut the Seam and Pull Out Some Stuffing

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So, lets begin.

When choosing a toy doll it is important to keep in mind that the USB plug has to get out somewhere, so look for a "natural" place for this.

Then cut seam carefully, not too wide.

To make room for the thumb drive, you most likely have to remove some stuffing.

Step 3: Insert the Thumb Drive and Prepare for Sewing

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When inserting the thumb drive, think about which way it is most natural for the doll to face. Many computers, laptops, have often limited space for chunky peripherals.

Also, be carefull when inserting so the seam don't come unnecessary unsewn.

When the drive is fully inserted you might discover that too much stuffing is removed. Working with the pincette or a small flat screwdriver you are able to stuff the doll to make it look healthy again.

I remember learning at school to make a tiny knot on the sewing thread before starting. This way the thread is easier to fasten when starting sewing.

Step 4: Start to Sew. Do Your Best...

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Now, since we have unsewn the seam, we have to make sure the split get tightened again.

So, start in one end and sew till you have fastened this end well enough.

When the cut is fastened, you can start sewing the rubber coating to the doll fabric. You don't have to sew around the whole opening, just sewing the ends of the thumb drive will do fine, as pictured below.

Step 5: Name It Something Friendly, and Give It to Someone You Like

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Insert the new thumb drive in your computer and rename the drive something suitable. Make sure it works fine.

Now, give it to someone you care about.


copycat42 (author)2008-02-25

this is soooo wrong on sooo many levels. i am now traumatized for life.

thefunktopus (author)copycat422008-04-24

I agree!! (Larksflem look where the drive is coming out of.)

hornbadoing (author)thefunktopus2011-10-11

its coming out of its mouth. grow up.

larskflem (author)copycat422008-02-26

please explain :)

red-king (author)larskflem2008-11-14

thats where an octopuss's mouth is... it doesn't seem as wrong if you know that fact...

sammiechii (author)2010-12-07

^^ Very Cute I like it

Drydara (author)2010-10-17

i live in japan on a military base i could send you some

davidturner666 (author)2009-11-06

I want to know where you got the cute little octopus from ^^

Batness (author)davidturner6662010-06-20

Ikea "1 toy doll of your preferences (i found these $0.90 ones at IKEA)"

waffleman (author)2009-12-04

poor little eeyore

cheating-master (author)2008-10-13

my usb momo (momo is from avatar)

is that zaboomafoo?

Foaly7 (author)2009-08-11

If the drive was a usb card reader, you could open his head and use a small zipper to put the card into the drive.

Hoboman (author)2008-06-04

No wonder Eeyore is so depressed and sad, he got a thumb drive up his butt! :P

imrobot (author)Hoboman2009-05-10

wow you just made me burst out laughing on the floor lol your hilarious

dombeef (author)2009-05-10

I'll call him NANERPUS!!!!!!!! lol

CapnTac (author)2009-01-23

I have this same exact Octopus plushie.

foxtrot4697 (author)CapnTac2009-05-10

same here, exept mine is more than 30x bigger

Mouserz (author)2008-04-24

oh my god, its like they're giving birth.

Kaiven (author)Mouserz2009-01-23

-.- More like it is eating the thumbdrive...

llvllatrix (author)2007-08-31

I made a Moogle

haha dude that moogle is awesome

Pattytoboston (author)2007-12-16

Suggestion, as a ring of hot glue around the top of the drive, sow through that?

larskflem (author)Pattytoboston2007-12-18

yupp, that might work :)


bubba77 (author)2007-10-09

thats pretty awesome. i happened to have a blue octopus sorta like that lying around. i made this and not only is it functional it makes me laugh every time i see it. thanks for making this

larskflem (author)bubba772007-11-11

i'd like to see some pictures of it! :)

Tobita (author)2007-09-22

a usb drive is sticking out of Eor's but hahahahhaha LOL

schorhr (author)2007-08-31

Neat! I once added LEDs to one of these Ikea stuffed animals as eyes, and I am pretty sure adding two low current LEDs that are driven from the USB would be possible ;-)

larskflem (author)schorhr2007-09-01

good idea, i might try that next time

capricorn (author)2007-09-01

OMG! That ass has a pen drive up his .... :P :)) Joking. I find that extremely sweet. nice work, and I relaly mean it :)

threecheersfornick (author)2007-08-31

Nice! I might have to try that...

BLIzKrIEg (author)2007-08-31

its like the name of that old james bond movie..

larskflem (author)2007-08-31

thanks for all your comments! you are right - it is comming out of its ass, and it is the donkey from winnie the pooh. as i mentioned in the project: find the most suitable seam... ;) >captain pedantic: thanks for your help on the seam/stitch ripper. project description updated

Darkshot (author)2007-08-30

wicked cool

!Andrew_Modder! (author)2007-08-30

cool!! but looks a bit odd that eore one looks like hes got a ***** in his butt or hes popin some brownies :-P but cool indead!

GitarGr8 (author)!Andrew_Modder!2007-08-30

I'm pretty sure the octopus would have a beak located where the thumb drive is, not a butt.

Eeyore is not the octopus, it's the donkey from Winnie the Pooh.

lol but come on man doesnt it look like its got somthin comin out of its A$$? lol, witch is cool in a twisted way :D

It does, I was just telling GitarGr8 that you meant the donkey, not the octopus.

Captain Pedantic (author)2007-08-30

Nice! I did much the same thing, except using hot glue to hold the drive in. I never thought of sewing through the rubber, but the drive I had wasn't rubber covered anyway.

Oh, the "sharp knife" thingie is called a seam ripper or stitch ripper.

ve2vfd (author)2007-08-30

Good job! That squiddy-drive looks really cool! :)

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