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A soft and cuddly animal cell model perfect for those geeky science types. This is great as a teaching tool for students or if you are a student and need a cell model for a school science project.
 
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Step 1: Material:

  • Felt
  • Fabric for the main body of the cell -I used flannel
  • Toy stuffing
  • Yarn
  • Thread
  • Embroidery thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins and needles
  • Template for organelles (see celltemplate.pdf below)

A note about sewing
You can use a sewing machine to attach the larger organelles, but the smaller ones may need to be hand stitched. I mostly used hemming stitches and in some cases running stitches along the edge of the felt. Click here for examples of these stitches

celltemplate.pdf(612x842) 267 KB

Step 3: Nucleus, Nucleoli and Chromatin

Nucleus:
The nucleus is a membrane bound organelle that holds the cells DNA.
Nucleolus
The nucleolus is the site of ribosomal RNA synthesis.
Chromatin
Chromatin consists of DNA and its associated proteins.

Cutting
  • Cut out a large circle of felt, this will be the largest component of the cell; the nucleus.
  • Cut out a circle of felt in a different colour with roughly 1/4 the diameter of the nucleus, this will be the nucleolus.
  • Cut out several little 'X' and 'V' shaped felt pieces of a third colour. These are the chromosomes(chromatin).

Sewing
  • First sew the nucleoli to the nucleus.
  • Then sew the chromosomes onto the nucleus.
  • Then sew the whole thing to the the cell (that blue piece of fabric from step 2).
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I want to try this, I have never really tried sewing by hand but this looks like fun! GREAT JOB!
flame8212 years ago
okay, saved one of the pics from fb to my desktop, hopefully this will be small enough in file size and dimensions to post here. This is a straight on view with the whole nucleus. We split it in half so it can be opened to show the internal parts as well. It also has a long flagella off the back end.
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ChrysN (author)  flame8212 years ago
That looks awesome, thanks for posting it!
flame8212 years ago
I love this instructable. I did some slight modifications for my son's project using your organelle patterns but enlarged a plushie mochi pattern to make the body. The teacher has asked if she can keep it :-) I have pictures posted on FB if anyone is interested, the files are a bit large for on here. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.320802471275497.75250.100000372403357&type=1 My big mistake was not being able to find one of those carwashing mitts. We tried hand tying and knotting mercantized cotton for cillia.....NEVER try this.
nonten943 years ago
Thanks to you I've got a 9 in my cell exam! Thank you!
ChrysN (author)  nonten943 years ago
Excellent, good for you!
hardj0093 years ago
hOW COME ONE HAS LOTS OF BITS ON TEH BACK AND ANOTHER ONLY HAS A FEW ON THE BACK?
ChrysN (author)  hardj0093 years ago
It is just a different type of cells.
Hi! I just came across this Instructable again! I wanted to show you what you inspired! We had to make a 3D model of a cell for Science class and I did a plant cell. Thank you for the idea and the A+!
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ChrysN (author)  I am Lord Voldemort3 years ago
That looks really cool, great job!
Portalman3 years ago
THAT IS SO COOL!!! My sci. teacher would love this. He would give me like 4 A+s.
mom2justin4 years ago
On your second one you look like you use the car mit for the back. Did you just sew it onto the back panel?

LOVE this idea!!

marcy
blufinger4 years ago
wow
fireman1154 years ago
LOL
i just made one of these last year for a biology project
jgroenert4 years ago
This is the Ribisome  that  recenlty won the 2009 nobel prize for biology for researched Venkatraman Ramakrishnan of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England; Thomas A. Steitz of Yale University; and Ada E. Yonath of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot.Now you can sew one!!

All the parts of a cell do very interesting jobs on a microscopic level.
ChrysN (author)  jgroenert4 years ago
That's really cool, they "demonstrated what the ribosome looks like and how it functions at an atomic level using a visualisation method called X-ray crystallography to map the position of each of the hundreds of thousands of atoms that make up the ribosome". 

Maybe I should update my ribosomes to make them look more realistic.
handprints4 years ago
 this is so darned cute and educational!!  I want make a set of cells for my daughter.  She is a senior in high school and wants to do genetic research.  

She can keep one in her pocket and think of her mommy when she is far away at school!

Great instructable!  congratulations!
ChrysN (author)  handprints4 years ago
That's sweet I'm sure your daughter will love that, thanks!
Lettucehead5 years ago
Congrads! I voted for you!
ChrysN (author)  Lettucehead5 years ago
Thank you for voting!
Creativeman5 years ago
Congratulations on your win! That's super! Cman
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman5 years ago
Thanks Cman!
Ninzerbean5 years ago
Wow! This is so funny! Great job, congratulations!
ChrysN (author)  Ninzerbean5 years ago
Thanks!
Creativeman5 years ago
Congratulations ChrysN...good luck in the judging. I have a lab background, so appreciate your work. Other 'ibles as well. Thanks. Cman
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman5 years ago
Thanks!
Lettucehead5 years ago
Great! I love all of your instructables so much- I subscribed to you. I'm working on a new one, I'll be sure to send it to you. Thanks!
ChrysN (author)  Lettucehead5 years ago
Thanks, I'd love to see your new one!
seamster5 years ago
I really like this! And I appreciate the fact that you stitched everything in place--that represents quite a bit of time and patience. Well done!
ChrysN (author)  seamster5 years ago
Thanks!
If you use it as a pillow, you can learn cellular biology through osmosis. ;)
Shouldn't that be diffusion, not osmosis? ;)
Hmm, as long as you don't accidentally suck off and swallow one of the mitochondria in your sleep ;-)
Lol.
KMOM145 years ago
What an awesome teaching tool this would make~
ChrysN (author)  KMOM145 years ago
Thanks! Yes, you could attach little labels to each of the organelles.
would there be some way to make it reversible like you could have a whole cell, then fold it to the inside of the cell? Like those cute little bunnies with holes in their butts that turn into bears?
ChrysN (author)  rubberducky475 years ago
LOL, bunnies with hole in their butt, I've never heard of those, that sounds really cool and it would be great to do that with a cell.
DorkDude5 years ago
That's just plain awesome.
ChrysN (author)  DorkDude5 years ago
Thanks!
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