Boys can get a little carried away with mechanical-type toys. My son wanted to make a robot, but I'm not very good with electronics and so we ended up making a stuffed toy robot out of old t-shirts. You can try this out with your kids - get them to design the toy they want, choose their colours, and sew something on their own.
Time taken - two afternoons. You may need to split this into 2 - 3 hour sessions as kids get grumpy after a while.
Tools & Materials:
Freeze paper (available at Cold Storage)
Washable pen or tailor chalk
Needle and thread
Buttons and other decorative embellishments
Old t-shirt scraps, old tights or shredded socks for stuffing.
Step 1 - Draw out design onto the non-waxed side of the freeze paper. Here's my son drawing his robot. He wanted to draw one from his pajamas!
Step 4 - With the washable pen or tailor chalk, trace around the freeze paper allowing for a 5mm seam allowance.
Step 5 - Cut along markings made in Step 4. Using this, cut another piece of t-shirt material. You should have two sets of t-shirt material.
Step 5 - Sew on all embellishments
This was the stage when my son got really tired and had enough of the sewing. We took a break and came back to it the next day.
Step 6 - Using sewing machine, sew pieces together (wrong side facing each other) leaving an opening for the stuffing. We sewed the legs, arms and head first before attaching it to the body.