Make your own action figures!

When I was about 11 years old, I wanted some Ninja Turtle toys. Since my parents wouldn't buy me any, I decided to make my own. I made up the pattern for the turtle bodies, and my Mom showed me how to work the sewing machine. They were the first things I ever sewed.

The finished turtles looked like green gingerbread men with lumpy green backpacks, but I thought they were awesome. Their respective purple, blue, orange, and red masks and armbands were made of felt that was hot glued in place, and they each had their own custom-made weapons.

As a kid I was quite pleased with myself, and I've been sewing and making stuff ever since.

I decided to make an updated version of my original homemade Ninja Turtle action figures for my own kids to enjoy. I also used the same body pattern to make a little Darth Vader figure as well.

The turtle design should offer some challenges, but still be simple enough for beginning sewers to complete.

The Darth Vader figure was more of a challenge--especially his helmet. I had to go Boba Fett-style on it, although in tiny scale. His lightsaber handle detaches from the light-beam (you know, for when he's not engaging in combat).

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jeshika5 years ago
i finally finished a couple of weeks ago.  thanks so much for the idea and the patterns you provided, i'm really happy with the way it turned out!
seamster (author)  jeshika5 years ago
Yea! Somebody made one!

That's awesome--it looks great. You got all the little details done quite nicely, too. This makes my day.  Way to go!      

you did an awesome job you have the coolest insructables ever thanks alo

seamster (author)  starwarsgeek11 year ago
macboy983 years ago
What type of the cloth material did u use?? And cud u tell us how did u made the Vader's belt and shoulder pieces, and face and the helmet detail ?? cud u pls!!!! ur kindly

Macboy98 :)

seamster (author)  macboy983 years ago
I used fleece for the bodies and heads, and some cotton scraps for Vader's cloaks.

For Vader's helmet, belt, and shoulder pieces, I used bits of thin, single-ply cardboard to build up each piece. If you examine the photos carefully, you can see what the pieces were made of, and how they went together. I used regular white glue to glue them together. I do not have a pattern for any of these parts, as they were all made through trial and error.
Thank you for Replyin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
YolksterXD5 years ago
i appreciate all the work and detail doing into each of these, especially darth vader's helmet. thats very neat! :D
seamster (author)  YolksterXD5 years ago
Thanks!  They were lots of fun.
hey how that helmet do in the vaders bodie its big pls answer i dont know how
seamster (author)  uyaymir4 years ago
The upper section of Vader's helmet was pieced together through trial and error using hot glue and thin cardboard.

It was a tricky process, and I apologize that I don't have any more photos to share.
hey can you post a picture for making dark vader helm the upper part
mine looked like a 5 legged black monster.
BalintRules4 years ago
Nice ideas. It's a really cool instructable 10* (I'll try to do 10 star...)
That's just awesome!! I just taught my 9 year old how to sew an army pillow... I'm seeing bright things in his future now :-)
my sister would love these!
BatAndOwl4 years ago
This is so cute, I would make one, but I doubt it will turn out right :P.
caradepoto5 years ago
you made an awsome work, but where's the darth vader's helmet pdf? the pdf on step 11 only shows the first piece. thank you, keep doing it great.
seamster (author)  caradepoto5 years ago
I'm glad you liked this!

I might not have stated it clear enough... that main piece that I've included in the PDF is all I have to offer. The rest will have to be done on your own. It kind of sucks, but there was so much trial and error involved that I wasn't able to produce patterns for the entire thing. Since the helmet is basically a sculpture, duplicating it on your own will require a good eye, patience, and a lot of determination.

I felt the most useful thing I could do was share the piece that I started with, and at least get people headed in the right direction.
toogers5 years ago
nice! im goin to make a Domo plush!
SirNoodlehe5 years ago
Kool, Im gonna try it
P.S. I will tell u if I poke my eye out
Those look like something you'd find at a store! Very professional. Makes me wish I could sew without injuring myself and surrounding others.
GianniMora5 years ago
you should micro size them
seamster (author)  GianniMora5 years ago
Micro size them? How small are you thinking?
i dont know but maybe like 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide
i love and collect tiny stuffed animals. get me a picture!
seamster (author)  GianniMora5 years ago
My kid asked for a Yoda one, and about 5 inches tall would be just the right size to go along with Vader. Hmm...
ok and congrats on the gorilla glue cardboard contest
seamster (author)  GianniMora5 years ago
basman2175 years ago
wow great instructable......i made one, however i did not have a sewing machine and had to do it by hand.it turned out good with a purple body and a blue mask and a jedi sord of coat.......i wish i had a camera so i could post a pic
lobo_pal5 years ago
Insane detail, how'd you make the buttons?
seamster (author)  lobo_pal5 years ago
The buttons are just little tiny pieces of cardboard glued on to the bigger piece of cardboard with white glue. I was kind of scared off by these little details at first, but they weren't near as hard as the appear. I spray painted all the pieces black, and then added details with enamel model paint.
wow, you're good! you could really do a lil business out of it. You would really do fine, I'm sure.
eulaliaaaa!5 years ago
You could use the shell for a helmet. Just a thought.
srwoodruff5 years ago
AMAZING!!! I'm making a Donatello as soon as I can!
seamster (author)  srwoodruff5 years ago
That's what I like to hear! Please post a picture when you get it done!
Liachu5 years ago
That is flippin' amazing!
Rufda Camen5 years ago
theres no helmet plan, can anibady helme? Thanks a lot!!
seamster (author)  Rufda Camen5 years ago
The third page of the "vader cloaks and helmet" PDF is the pattern for the lower half of Darth Vader's helmet. This pattern is for the piece shown in the second and third photos in step 13. You will need to use stiff, single-ply cardboard. I don't have any additional drawn out plans for completing the helmet. I had to sculpt, shape, and continually modify the helmet through trial and error along the way to get the results shown. To duplicate it, you will need to do quite a bit of sculpting and eyeballing on your own. The pattern for that main helmet piece should at least get you going in the right direction. Good luck!
novakfor35 years ago
100% sure you're going to win the contest with this Instructable. 5/5 stars!
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