Introduction: Robohoodie Instructables Robot Hoodie

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So, what is the latest in hacked T-shirt haute couture? An Instructables Robot Hoodie of course... Straight from the fashion runways of I-don't-know-where is this versatile and unique pret-a-porter garment.

A late entry into the contest but I had this material lying around for a future Instructable when inspiration was found browsing through some of the Threadbanger and related "threads".

Besides the handwarmer kangaroo main pocket, notice that the Robot head doubles as a compartment to put your IPod and the hand is another pocket to place other geek essentials.

Oh, yeah, the model just happened to be wearing a red striped shirt. At first glance it might seem this was some hacked uniform of somebody from a burger joint. It is not.

Shake, shake, shake, shake your Robohoodie...

Step 1: Get It Together...

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I do not have paper patterns for this Robot. I just lay out pieces of material and cut to fit according to what looks right. Measure once, Cut twice, Edward Scissorhands style! The only tape measure I have is for heavy construction. More advanced sewers can use fusing tape, pins, steam irons, rolling cutters, etc.

I did my stuff with a sewing machine that has zig-zag stretch stitch capabilities. It can do something that looks like the embroidery runs on a real regular patch. I guess you could do all of this stuff with a needle and thread if you had the time and patience. For all you dudes out there, sewing is an essential basic bachelor skill. Real men are not afraid of it. "Learn it. Do it. You can't take your drama to your momma," says the Drill Sergeant.

Start out with the T-shirt that will be used as the base for the project. We will construct an Instructables Robot kangaroo pocket and hood to attach to the T-shirt. You will need material with the right colors. I had some yellow polarfleece and various bits of felt to make the trimmings. The most time-consuming part of this project was changing out the bobbins and thread for the correct color.

Layout the fleece body and cut it to roughly the size to match the shirt placement. Note that all pieces will be hemmed somewhat to create a finished look and to strengthen the edges.

Cut out pieces for the robot head and arm/hand. This is like doing a kindergarten art project with construction paper.

Applique all of the parts of the robot. This means sewing around all of the parts with a straight stitch or something fancier. I guess fabric glue or fusing tape might be easier to use for first-timers. Hem up all of the edges of each of the pieces. This makes it easier to sew on the shirt as it stiffens the edge somewhat.

I used a wide satin zigzag stitch to "embroider" my black lines to draw the monobrow, mouth, sleeve trim, and robot slot. You can also just use a permanent marker to draw it on.

Sew on the bottom of the main robot body. Do this so you can fold it up and the bottom seam is on the inside. Sew up about a third on each side to form the bottom of the pocket.

Lay out where the arm/hand and robot head will be. You can pin this in place. Sew only three sides of the arm/hand to form a pencil pocket. Sew only three sides of the robot head to form your IPod pocket. Sewing on the robot head will also lock in the top part of the kangaroo pocket. Bar tack at the ends to reinforce the pocket.

Step 2: Make Your Hoodie...

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Using a sweater-hoodie as a template. Cut a piece of material that is the same width and tall enough to wrap over the real hoodie. Cut the pieces as shown in the picture to create that block-head style.

Applique the trim pieces for the ears, eyes, antennae, and monobrow.

Sew on the inside to close the seam between the top of the hood and the sides. Finish all of the exposed edges. A serging machine would have come in handy for this. Advanced sewers can sew in a "tube" so that they can thread a drawstring if desired.

Attach the robot hoodie to the T-shirt by getting it centered on the seam of the neckband. Attach with a stretch stitch and finish with a bar tack on the ends.

Voila, there you have it. A real Robot hoodie.


gopzzz (author)2010-09-09

catching.. packing me yo get this one...

Rye2121 (author)2008-08-07

u should ask instructabls if you could sell it to them and you would be rich.... and id have one of those too!!!!!!! ahhhaahahahahaahahahahaha!!!!

porcupinemamma (author)Rye21212009-08-19


maykasaharas (author)2009-01-02

kawaii.cute costume..cute lad.. reminds me of May Kasahara, are you Japanese?

caitlinsdad (author)maykasaharas2009-01-02

Domo arigato, but the cute lass is Caitlin. She does not have, I hope, such a dark side as May Kasahara. We are Chinese.

maykasaharas (author)caitlinsdad2009-01-02

oh..i'm sorry..sue me..but you also read Murakami's works!! dark side?,did you mean the part of her from the "gooshy source of heat chapter"?

caitlinsdad (author)maykasaharas2009-01-02

sorry, I am not familiar with MK so I did some googling. Ran across the theme of the characters that have internal conflict and try to rid themselves of resident evil. Interesting thought though. Welcome to Instructables.

shammallamaman (author)2008-07-20

i didn't know sewers could sew


*laughs quietly*

MjPadfoot (author)shammallamaman2008-12-20

and shammallamaman? (ur name is a mouthful). horrible pun. (_)

shammallamaman (author)MjPadfoot2008-12-20

Thank you, I try my best

i dont get it...

MjPadfoot (author)2008-12-20

dare i be rude and pushy but....I WANT ONE!! oh please please please please please!!!! it is so geeky and perfect to show my undying luv for instructables! ( friends are right! i am a true geek!) kewl!)

ahem. on saner grounds, i think u are an awesome sewing person, and this was a very well executed instructable.

flio191 (author)2008-04-10

so sweet! its really cute

bounty1012 (author)flio1912008-09-25

lol I used to have that desktop wallpaper I forgot where to get it...

Keith-Kid (author)2008-05-12

This would be awesome for Instructables merchandise!

Would be much cooler than a shirt......

caitlinsdad (author)Keith-Kid2008-05-12

Shirts only come in small to XXL. You would have to special order a Godzilla size.

Keith-Kid (author)caitlinsdad2008-05-12

It's a costume. The background are just some cut-out props.

Porkatron (author)2008-04-25

This rocks.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-04-15

That's awesome! I want one too! :-)

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-13

Awesome! I want one!

LindsayatSpreadshirt (author)2008-04-11

I love the ipod pocket! Great idea. thanks for sharing.

Doctor What (author)2008-04-10

Not to be rude or anything, but this is freaking amazing. I'm gonna make one.

Mr. Rig It (author)2008-04-10

To cool! You get both a + and a vote from me. Good Job

Mr. Rig It (author)Mr. Rig It2008-04-10

Darn I missed the vote, bu t you still get a +

Kiteman (author)2008-04-10

#1 son says "awesome!"

He wants one for his birthday.... :-/

caitlinsdad (author)Kiteman2008-04-10

Thanks to the young man for the compliment...I mean #1 son. Will this be a project for you or Kitewife? I took a break from cartooning since there was no fodder to draw upon when you were off on holiday so I made this.

Kiteman (author)caitlinsdad2008-04-10

LOL, None of us are big sewers, and we have no machine. (I may end up waiting until we go and visit my mother in the Summer, or waving this 'ible at my sister...)

CameronSS (author)Kiteman2008-04-10

I hope you're not a big sewer...that would smell awful....

I couldn't resist

Kiteman (author)CameronSS2008-04-10

Yeh, I know.

It looks wrong. It looks subterranean and malodorous, but I'm sure it's right.

Isn't it? I love the language, but sometimes it's frustrating...

Keith-Kid (author)2008-04-10

Wow! It looks amazing! Great Idea!

Tetranitrate (author)2008-04-10

I like how the eyes follow you no matter which direction the robot is facing (pics 1, 3, and 4 in the intro). Hoodie Robot is watching you ...

caitlinsdad (author)Tetranitrate2008-04-10

"Well... that was just... very disturbing. Go see a counselor. ugh." High School Musical

bumpus (author)Tetranitrate2008-04-10

..along with big brother..

Charger_06 (author)2008-04-10

that is so tacky!

caitlinsdad (author)Charger_062008-04-10

Darn it, I knew I should have made the Master Chief version...

onlyonebowman (author)2008-04-10

thats... different

Gjdj3 (author)2008-04-10

Very cool. Yet another awesome robot instructable from caitlinsdad! I wish I had one, but like kiteman I have no sewing machine :-(. But anyway, very cool!

struckbyanarrow (author)2008-04-10

ya i like where the pockets are pretty sweet

asyrith (author)2008-04-10

Wow! Super cool! What a great and unique entry. I really love this. I can't sew, but maybe I will be able to after following those lovely sewing Instructables. :) Thanks for a great idea. +1, favorited, and voted for.

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