Introduction: 'ibles Ugly Bot Stuffed Sweater
So i decided to make this ugly sweater inspite of all the short comings i had. I have never been to an ugly sweater contest never heard of one but i decided to try my hands probably some day we would organise one in my country.so for this theme i decided to let 'ibles bot have a make over with an ankara material head plain white body for peace and the indigenous lace we are know for which is worn during the holidays like this, showing solidarity but incorporating 'ibles origin which is yellow. This stuffed bot is made entirely out of trashed items and the lazy stuffed doll maker's way(staple pinned and glued; no sowing ).
The materials you will need are:
- old pair of white shorts
- a sweater
- lots of leftover materials from the tailors shop
- staple pins
- some motion activated leds
- 18650 batteries
- cotton wool
- A4 sheets
- aluminium wire
- safety pin
- and glue
The tools you would need are:
- soldering iron
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Step 1: Plans and Cutting
Before you start, have a plan formulated and follow it through. i drew up this sketch so that i can relate to what am making. I proceeded to cut out and staple all the body parts for the ibles bot in prep for the final assembly.
Step 2: Making the Body Parts........
So i started with the head. the truth is i didnt have a measure just used my eyes as a virtual ruler taking proportion from the body. picking up a piece of ankara material, i folded it as many times as i could till i got an approximate square, then i cut it all up in to individual squares ready for stapling. Start by laying one square piece centrally then staple all other squares to it. DO NOT TRIM OFF ANY EXCESS; It will hel[p in the attaching of other faces.and there we have our bot head. Now for the support, i made the head support from these aluminuim wires. I used plastic bottle base and a spent pen case for the ears.
The body i made from one of my old torn white shorts. Split right down the center into two, turned inside out and the stapled side and bottom.
THE HANDS AND LEGS
At this point i had no materials left so i made a quick dash to the seamstress shop. And luckily i found some left over materials. I made the limbs by stapling the two edges of a rectangular shaped white materials together and turned them inside out to hide the staple finish. i stuffed the bot with rags from the limbs to the legs. I wraped some yellow materials around and along some wires from top to bottom secured with glue which i used as the appendages
Step 3: Assembly
Now that i have done all the difficult parts, it was time to put it all together. Using my stapler i pinned all body parts together. Starting with the inner lips from the top on both sides, i stapled till i got to the under arm where i could hide the last pin in plain sight. For the limbs i tucked it into the leg hole of the short. I pushed the wire mesh for support into the ibles bot head and stapled it normally since he has a beard. And since the doll was not hard stuffed i could pin it to my hoodie.The final piece was the head gear that dorned its head gracefully with tthe running lights.
Taking some pictures it was time to hook up my ugly ibles bot to my hoodie then more pictures.....
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Ugly Sweater Speed Challenge