Introduction: Make a Soft Toy EVE From the Film WALL-E

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If you've fallen in love with the film WALL-E but making a WALL-E robot is too complicated for you, why not make a soft toy EVE, it's actually really easy and my kids loved it (and they're all boys). EVE (Extra-terrestrial Vegetation Evaluator) is the gorgeous, iPod like super advanced robot that comes to Earth 700 years after humans have left it so that it could be tidied up by robots like WALL-E. This model can be made very simply with no arms or with arms if you fancy making a couple of button holes and sewing on some buttons.

This instructable will supply a good quality picture of EVE's face and her plant icon, but if you want you can go to the EVE project on dadcando where you can download a printable version that is suitable for ink jet printing straight on to white cotton to make it even easier.

You can use a glue gun instead of a sewing machine, but a sewing machine does give you the best results.

what you'll need:

  • White cotton (old pillow case or bed sheet is ok)
  • Two white shirt buttons
  • White thread
  • Soft toy stuffing (although you can use a few carrier bags at a push)
  • A small piece of stiff fabric interlining
  • Sewing machine (ideally, but glue gun also a possibility)

Step 1: Draw Out Your EVE Pattern

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First draw out your EVE on a sheet of plain white cotton. The ideal size is about the area of a piece of A4 or US Letter sized paper. The curves you use will make EVE appear slightly fatter, but then when you stuff the toy this will reduce the width as some of th material has to be used up for the depth. EVE is conical, but this simple pattern will make a very credible toy (when stuffed) because the shape fills out nicely.

This is not difficult, because EVE is a very simple shape. The only trouble you might have is with the leaf icon, but I have attached a high quality picture that I drew from a frame grab of a high resolution trailer.

If you want you can draw out EVE in pencil and then embroider the face eyes and flower icon, or you can download the printable from dadcando, which will allow you to print the EVE sewing pattern directly on to your fabric.

Step 2: Sew the Body

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If you've never used a sewing machine before and you can borrow one, this is a good project to start on, because it is so simple. For the same reason it is also an excellent project to get one of your children going on sewing (boy or girl... and if you don't think it's a MAN thing... come on, my brother made his wife's wedding dress, now how cool is that?).

Any how, even if you don't have a sewing machine you could always use a glue gun, it sticks material really well, just remember that it won't wash that well!

SO... you place the drawn face of EVE facing inward with another piece of plain white cotton and then you sew the two together, making sure to keep the sewing line curves nice and even. go slowly so that you can see what you are doing.

medium stitch all the way round leaving a gap of about 5cm (2inches) to allow you to turn EVE right way out when you're done.

Step 3: Trim and Turn Right Side Out

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Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim round the sewing, about 5mm out from the seam.

Step 4: Stuff the Toy

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Now turn EVE right way out and smooth her out. You might like to iron the material flat at this point, just to keep it nice and flat.

Using soft toy stuffing, foam crumble or even old white carrier bags (bit crinkly but basically fairly soft and ok), stuff the toy until you have a nice firm rounded shape.

Step 5: Hand Sew the Toy Closed

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Using a needle and thread carefully sew the seam gap shut as neatly as possible (the red thread is shown in this picture only for reference, in reality you will be using WHITE thread).

At this point you can stop if you want. EVE doesn't really need arms, and if you don't feel up to making arms you can leave her like this. A perfectly good toy to play with.

HOWEVER, if you want to put arms on, and they are really easy to put on, then at this point you sew on two buttons just about in line with the bottom of the face at the side right over the seam.

Step 6: Make the Arms

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Repeat the first 4 steps of the project, but this time making the arms. Draw them following the templates provided, or ink jet print them out using the templates on dadcando. Obviously make two arm shapes.

Draw on the fingers and the button hole making sure that you measure it against the button you sewed on to the body earlier.

The outline of the image shown is the sewing line, and the arms should be trimmed back to about 5mm from this, just like the body and then turned right side out. The outline with dotted rule is for the stiff interlining. For this you should cut out the lining exactly to this size.

The interlining can be a piece of light weight white card if you want, although it will not stand up to chewing or washing. Alternatively use the proper dress makers lining fabric.

If you cut the interlining stiffener out accurately , you should be able to wiggle it in through the seam gap you have left. Once it is in, smooth out the material to make sure the seam is straight. Then stuff the arms with only a little stuffing on the top side only. The result should be that one side of the arms is relatively flat and the other has got a gentle curve.

Step 7: Sew the Fingers and the Button Hole

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Firstly, neatly sew the arm closed (with white thread) and then sew the fingers and the button hole. Most modern sewing machines have a button hole function. If not then a button hole is just two strips of satin stitch about 1mm apart with a wider bit of satin stitch at each end. If you can't make a button hole using the sewing machine, paint a strip of Elmers glue or PVA where you want the button hole to be on both sides of the material, put cling film or carrier bag plastic round the arm over the glue and clamp it down until it is dry, then slit carefully with a craft knife. The glue should stop the material fraying. when dry, cut a button hole in the middle of the glued strip.

If you are using the button hole function of your sewing machine for the first time, you'll find that most machines have very simple instructions on how to make a button hole somewhere on them. Once you have sewn the hole edging all the way round, you have to actually make the hole. This is easily made using a sharp craft knife or scalpel. Take care to only slit the fabric and not cut through the stitching round the hole at the sides of hole or at the ends.

To sew the fingers, just sew with the sewing machine in straight lines over the finger lines that you drew earlier. Sew straight through the stuffing and the interlining so that you get a slightly quilted effect.

Repeat for other arm.

Step 8: Attach Arms and Finish As Required

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Attaching arms at this stage is probably the easiest bit of the project, just poke the buttons through the button holes! If you want to embellish EVE, then why not try a bit of embroidery for the eyes. You can do this at the end, but it would probably be neater if you did it before you sewed it all together. If you have printed out EVE using the ink jet pattern, then you can paint the face darker using markers or fabric paint and even paint the flower icon in using light green GLOW IN THE DARK paint.

And there you have it, all that remains is for you to wrestle it off your kids for 2 minutes so you can take a picture and post it up online so that we can all see how you got on!


CAHNTX made it! (author)2015-05-26

Our 6 year old daughter and I made this project. She's always loved the movie and we had a blast. It was her first sewing project ever (keep that in mind when looking at the photos) ! She takes it everywhere and has had many children (and parents) ask where they can get one. We've always told them to look up your "Instructable." Thanks so much for posting this!

KaptinScarlet (author)CAHNTX2015-06-05

Thank you for sharing those pictures and your story. That is excellent work for a person of any age let alone for a 6 year old. I loved the film too and glad you and your daughter enjoyed this Instructable. On my website I have many more projects but I haven't really explored using the sewing machine at all really, so maybe it is something that I should do more of.

hxiaoqi (author)2013-10-14

So cute and the character is moving. Just click robot eva plush toy and bring it home

ftouil (author)2013-10-11

So cute!!!

winterfresh (author)2011-06-01

Absolutely lovvveee iiittttt!!!!!!!

I wonder, is there any way to make eve a bit rounder? Aka less conical like she is in the movie?

tinker234 (author)2011-05-22

wow my cousins are into this this would be a great present

claudya_dyas (author)2009-10-01

lindo... amanzing....

Cross_ (author)2009-09-17

Two suggestions to make this wonderful project even more professional: a) trim the curved seams by making small V cuts in the seam allowance; once turned inside out this should reduce any bumps around the edges b) cover the buttonholes with clear nail polish- that will prevent potential fraying or unraveling, especially if the arms are moved a lot

lala154 (author)2009-08-07

you could just sew a line around it

talonlily (author)2009-07-06

I've only made a test one of these so far ( I have not used a sewing machine in 13 years) but my kids love it!!! My 8 month old won't sleep without it and my 3 year old takes it everywhere. I guess I have to make more : D

KaptinScarlet (author)talonlily2009-07-06

I'm glad you like it. My son (even though he was 8 when I made it) still has it as one of his favourite bed time cuddly toys.

narniapc (author)2009-02-20

hey i made one for my mum she really likes it and one for my little kitten he plays with it all the time he ripped off an arm but it was really easy to sew back into place

KaptinScarlet (author)narniapc2009-02-20

sounds like fun

tuckerton296 (author)2009-02-13

why dont teh armz go in? i r is havung teh mastur gramurz

w t f a y o a ?

Wario (author)2009-01-24

I just got around to creating EVE, I admit being a fanboy of hers too. I like the button idea, it allows you not only to remove the arms for the closed look, but allows you to put on the blaster arm if you make one

KaptinScarlet (author)Wario2009-01-25

yeah just what I thought, but where's the picture??

Wario (author)KaptinScarlet2009-01-25

Pictures for you, i drew and colored the face by hand with perminate marker and felt tip craft markers, I sewed it nearly perfect too, twas extremely fun to make.

KaptinScarlet (author)Wario2009-01-26

That's superb, thx for the pics. Would you mind if I put them up on dadcando?(that's my site and it's where the project originally came from...)

Wario (author)KaptinScarlet2009-01-26

Yes please, im the Wario there too

KaptinScarlet (author)Wario2009-01-26

All done, and with that upload you keep your free status on dadcando until August! SO thankx for the pictures, they look great, glad you enjoyed the project.

Wario (author)KaptinScarlet2009-01-26

Yep, it was very fun, everyone wanted to hug it too

Wario (author)2009-01-26

oh, almost forgot to say, I had a test to find the softest material to make eve and guess what, a white T-shirt is actually extremely soft material when stuffed, so thats what I used.

KaptinScarlet (author)Wario2009-01-26

Yeah, good idea

Wario (author)KaptinScarlet2009-01-26

thanks, also the plant logo on mine is internaly strobed like the movie

gosub (author)2009-01-08

That would make a cute back pack too. Nice work.

baneat (author)2008-12-08


MHR (author)2008-11-20

Thank you so much for this...this will make a perfect from the heart Christmas gift for my girlfriend. (and I'm not just trying to copy the last guys answer :-P )

KaptinScarlet (author)MHR2008-11-20

imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but hey it makes a great present so may be great monds think alike!

micjwelch (author)2008-11-09

You officially inspired me. I borrowed your arm joint idea and made a Wall-e. As soon as I get some white fabric, I'll be making Eve. Thanks.

KaptinScarlet (author)micjwelch2008-11-09

thx, he looks great BTW.

anngel369 (author)2008-11-04

can't wait to try it out! thanks

tsharris (author)2008-10-01

This was great fun to make! I did one for my girlfriend and uploaded some photos to Flickr - check it out...

sprinks (author)tsharris2008-10-12

I too made one for my girlfriend. I used screen printing ink for the details. The eyes were done with a dark blue and then redone with a glow in the dark blue so the eyes glow a bit after the lights go out. :D

KaptinScarlet (author)tsharris2008-10-01

You did a great job, I hope she was pleased with it. I see that you used the ink jet printing onto fabric idea. She looks really cute.

KaptinScarlet (author)2008-09-21

Thx, yes, there are some good WallE projects on the web, but making EVE is quite easy by comparison

FBenitez (author)2008-09-01

Great Instructable, and looks like its very easy to do. I'm gonna try this soon, for my girlfriend - she's crazy about Wall-e. Thanks for sharing!

KaptinScarlet (author)FBenitez2008-09-02

thx, glad you like it.

bob_shaftenkluger (author)2008-08-07

"boy or girl... and if you don't think it's a MAN thing... come on, my brother made his wife's wedding dress, now how cool is that?" HHmmm, sewing has always been said to be a womans thing, but there is only me and my girlfreinds dad that I know that can.... an electronic engineer and a builder. Go figure.

Yeah, my comment was that if you don't think it's a MAN thing then think again. A sewing machine is a neat piece of engineering kit, just like a drill or a lathe, so it's only a cultural taboo that gender stereotypes it. I have three boys and we do all sorts of things like this as well as the more normally accepted BOY things, because I want them to grow up without any shallow preconception about what they can and can't do

I made one of these last night, had to do it by hand tho, no sewing machine! Didnt turn out as well as i hoped, but the missus took it off to bed before I could put the arms on, so it cant be that bad... Could post a pic if I knew where to send it...

True dedication, by hand! phew, same happened to me with the first one I made, kids took it off me as soon as the stuffing was in. It still has no arms! To post pictures... when you reply to this post (if you do) you'll see that there are a few boxes along the top of the reply box, one of them says add images. Click on that button and browse for the image on your hard drive, and there you go. Alternatively go to dadcando, log on, download the project if you haven't already and then upload your images to that project in your MY HOME PAGE. really glad you liked the project.

Sewing is totally a man thing! My boyfriend rocks with a serger! Not that I can't or don't sew myself, but he's always the one I call when my machine starts acting badly.


minoverette (author)2008-08-06

Yay thanks <333 I don't know if I have the patience to get this right the first time but awesome instructable :-D

thank you, it shouldn't take you that long to do, you don't have to make the arms, and in that case it's a 20 minute project.!

Ward_Nox (author)2008-08-04

u dont really need the arms esp if you make one of her Dormant mode also i wonder if you could make one w her eyes and sample icon that light up

KaptinScarlet (author)Ward_Nox2008-08-05

Of course you are right. The first one I made was with no arms. Obviously I couldn't do the head floating so I thought I would extemporise a bit and add the arms. In any case, later in the film EVE has the flower icon and she is awake. Yes light up eyes and icon would be quite easy with LEDs inside. Also you could do other eye shapes. Love to see that when you make it.!

Ward_Nox (author)KaptinScarlet2008-08-05

actually i had a diffrent idea for the eyes make velcro "faces" that you can swap out to change her mood another idea also using velcro make the sample compartment in her chest

KaptinScarlet (author)Ward_Nox2008-08-06

Very nice idea, I like it.

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