Introduction: Instructables Site Robot

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The instructables robot contest has inspired me to make the instructables site robot; you will notice from the pictures our site robot is very busy in the kitchen, garden, craft room and shop! I have wanted an instructables robot prop to add interest to my instructables and for custom instructables robot patch stickers to send to members here on instructables.

He is fairly quick and easy to make. I used nuts and bolts for the arms and legs to make him not quite so cuddly. I had serious plans on making him a chefs hat but decided it would be too small for me to attempt. Perhaps I will make a plush instructables robot and make him a chefs hat in the near future. I hope the instructables robot likes this instructable. He is quite handsome and he makes a lot of members very happy!

Follow through and I will show you how to make the instructables site robot.

Step 1: Tools and Supplies

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This is what you will need:

Yellow cotton fabric scrap

Red felt dots for ear muff

Embroidery thread red, black, and brown or red, brown and black paint

Matching thread

2 u-bolts with nuts


Seam ripper optional

Embroidery hoop optional

Pen and paper for drawing the pattern

Small round plastic lid for robot base

Sewing needle, sewing machine optional


Step 2: Trace Robot

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Trace the robot onto the fabric.

Draw a robot slightly larger than the size you want (to allow for seams).

Cut a piece of yellow fabric quite a bit larger than the image if you will be embroidering the robot.

Trace the robot onto the fabric as shown.

Step 3: Embroider or Paint the Robot

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Embroider or paint the robot as shown.

Place the cloth in the hoop or paint to your liking.

Embroider the outlines as shown using the black, red, and brown thread.

Step 4: Cut and Sew

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Cut out the robot pattern pieces:

When cutting out the head of the robot; add length to the head so the raw edge can be turned under when sewn to the body.

Using the cut out images as a pattern cut the back of the robot's body and head.

Hand sew or use a sewing machine to stitch the robot's body together leaving the bottom open and leave an opening for the arms on each side. Please note: the picture shows I stitched the arms but you need to leave the arm holes open.

Turn the body and head right side out and trim the threads.

Step 5: Shaping the Robot

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Fill the head and body with fiber fill.

Fill the head and body with fiber fill.

Place the lid inside the body as shown and turn under a small hem.

Stitch to close the bottom of the robot.

Step 6: Robot Head

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Sewing the head:

Cut two small felt pieces for the ear muffs.

Turn under the bottom edge of the head for a finished look.

Sew the head to the robot's body as shown or you may glue it.

Stitch the ear muffs to the ears as shown; leaving black threads sticking out.

Step 7: Robot's Arms and Legs

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Attaching the robots arms and legs:

We had to use a hammer to make the u part of the u-bolt wider for the robots body, see picture.

Carefully place the u-bolt through the robot's arm holes as shown.

Stitch around the armhole to close the opening as shown.

Glue the nuts on the end of the robot's hands.

Glue the u-bolt to the bottom of the robot as shown.

Glue the nuts for the robot's feet.

Step 8: Sunshiines Final Thoughts

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Isn't he cute? Of course the second robot will look much better because I will make modifications. I think I will glue the head on next time because sewing small objects like this is difficult for me because of my age. I used what bolts were here but I think the legs needed to be slightly longer. I will modify the mouth to have a slight grin:) All in all he was pretty easy to make and I have an instructables robot prop to use in a few of my projects. He will make a cute pin cushion or ring holder. I will be making this robot again!

I always take this time to thank Instructables and contributors who make this site the best diy on the internet! Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope your spring and summer will bring you peace and joy!



kbp555 (author)2014-08-22


sunshiine (author)kbp5552014-08-25

Thanks for stopping buy and do have a great day.

sunshiine (author)kbp5552014-08-22

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Hope your day shines.

ChrysN (author)2014-07-08

Your robot is supper cute, congratulations on the win!

sunshiine (author)ChrysN2014-07-11

Thanks so much ChrysN! I can't wait to see the robot necklace. Have a great weekend.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-06-27

Congratulations for making to finals :) sunshiine :)

Thank you Taurn! I would love a necklace but there are so many good entries. Here is hoping. Have a beautiful day.

And your wish came true :), congratulations on first prize. :D

It did Tarun! I am a happy girl!


lindarose92 (author)2014-06-30

Congratulations on being a finalist sunshiine!! :)

sunshiine (author)lindarose922014-06-30

Thanks so much Linda, I hope to win a necklace!

lindarose92 (author)sunshiine2014-07-01

Fingers crossed for you! :)

sunshiine (author)lindarose922014-07-01

Thanks so much Linda, I am rooting for you also!


bergerab (author)2014-06-14

Hahaha your photos of the robot holding a rake and eating are so funny! I love this!

sunshiine (author)bergerab2014-06-15

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. I changed the first picture because of your comment. Have a cool summer.


craftclarity (author)2014-06-09

This is SUPER CUTE!!!! Thanks sunshiine!!

sunshiine (author)craftclarity2014-06-09

Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope your day is awesome.


lindarose92 (author)2014-06-08

Sooo cute Sunshiine!! And I love the photos where the robot is doing things :D

sunshiine (author)lindarose922014-06-08

Thanks Linda, I like him cooking and gardening. Have a great day.


shazni (author)2014-06-08

That is so adorable! love it :-)

sunshiine (author)shazni2014-06-08

Thanks so much for stopping by shazni, I appreciate your comment. Have a nice evening.

Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-06-08

Super cute... I loved the versatile hands...just like you :).

You are so sweet Tarun! Hope your day shines.


mclare50 (author)2014-06-08

So so cute!! Your pictures are great!

sunshiine (author)mclare502014-06-08

Thanks mclare50 for stopping by and dohave a great day.

Abigail02 (author)2014-06-08

Love the arms and legs! Too cute!! :)

sunshiine (author)Abigail022014-06-08

Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I liked them also. Have a super day.

Bhawya (author)2014-06-08

This is Awesome.. Very Nice :)

sunshiine (author)Bhawya2014-06-08

Thanks for stopping by and commenting Bhawya, I appreciate your support. Have a great weekend.

spunk (author)2014-06-08

This is fabulous!

You took great pictures, the robot really seems to come alive!

You could even make a little photo-comic-story with the robot: "The adventurous life of the little yellow robot" - there's a speech balloon option in the pixlr editor... :)

I also like the fact you involved your husband in the process- great teamwork!

sunshiine (author)spunk2014-06-08

Thanks, Yeah I thought of writing a short story but my brain could not think of anything creative. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I hope your day shines.

nodcah (author)2014-06-07

It looks awesome! And super cute!

sunshiine (author)nodcah2014-06-07

Thanks nodcah for stopping by and commenting. Have a great weekend!

Passion Make (author)2014-06-07

Looks so elegant Sunshiine :)

sunshiine (author)Passion Make2014-06-07

Thanks for the compliment! He was so fun to make. Hope you have a great weekend.

jsrubianoch (author)2014-06-07

Nice Instructable, the use of nuts and bolts was a really good idea, keep it up!

sunshiine (author)jsrubianoch2014-06-07

Thanks so much for the comment. I tried regular bolts but had difficulty trying to attach the arms to look right. I asked my husband if they make small elbow bolts and this is what he found in the shop. It worked perfectly. Have a great day!

EmiClarice (author)2014-06-07

Adorable!! I love the salad picture!

sunshiine (author)EmiClarice2014-06-07

That was one of my faves also. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Have a beautiful day.

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