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Robot Party!

January birthdays kinda suck.  No offense meant by that, but c’mon, it’s just true.  I mean, my own birthday is in early February which is almost as bad, but at least its one month closer to spring and one month further away from the Holidays.  It’s hard to muster the creative enthusiasm needed to properly celebrate a birthday so close to the Holidays but somehow we managed…and managed to do it twice, once for each side of the family.  Which is something I can very confidently say will not happen again.  Next year we’re thinking one party at a bowling alley, Chucke Cheese etc – which in the middle of January should be a festering cesspool of influenza…did I mention that January birthdays suck?

Anyway, the toddler successfully turned 3 surrounded by his family which is all he really cares about…that, and cake.  We settled on a Robot theme and this is what his day looked like:

Everything was inspired by these super cute printables and invitations found here:

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I used the cupcake toppers as mini banners that were attached to back of each invite and stamped each envelope with these adorable robot stamps, found here.

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These YumBot cupcake molds are really the only thing you need for a cute Robot birthday party.  Seriously, forget everything else and just buy these.  They are super cute and easy to bake in once you get the feel for baking time etc.  I found with my cupcake recipes, they needed to bake for 20-25 minutes but it is going to vary greatly based on how full you fill the cups and what recipe you use.  If you overfill these, it just looks like the have extra big robot brains, which only adds to the cuteness factor.  You really can’t go wrong.

imageI used this Wilton mold and candy melts to make the gears/bolts/screws…so much easier than trying to hand pipe shapes!

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To make these Brownie Bots, I used this square silicone baking tray.  I dipped each brownie in chocolate ganache and attached the eyes/gears etc while the chocolate was still wet.  Super easy, super cute.

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We had a robot making contest using different sizes of marshmallows, silver decorating spray, mini m&ms for buttons, pull n peel twizzlers for wire and tube icing to attach them all.  So many cute edible robots!

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Craft made him this unbelievably perfect Duck from Sarah and Duck along with these adorable Shallots.  If you haven’t seen Sarah and Duck, follow the link…like now.  It’s so cute it will change your life.

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A Robot photobooth and a Robot Dance Party rounded out the day which ended in tons of presents, treats and one happy three year old bot.

The Fruits of January are Shallots

Hi there!  Been busy, yada yada yada.  You know the drill.  Anyway,  I’m back with a tutorial!

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I made some of these little things for a certain adorable 3yr old I happen to know whose birthday it was recently.  They are super fast to make and very customizable.

 

So here we go.

 

Shallot Pattern:     Alltogethershallot

 

Print and cut out the pattern pieces

 

DSC02366DSC02368I used a tan heather craft felt I had on hand and I did the Fat Shallot first.  Transfer the circle marks to the felt pieces.

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Grab an embroidery needle with some thread.  I used pearlized cotton in white but you can use whatever floats your boat.

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Knot the end of your thread and poke your needle through from the backside of the piece so the knot is on the back side.  Bring it through and take a small stitch that doesn’t go through the fabric.  You can do this in felt but not so much in other materials.

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Continue in this way till you get to the top.

 

End at the level of the dots you marked on your piece.  Move over 1/4 to 1/2 an inch and run down the front the same way you went up.  Keep going till you finish the front in stitched lines.

 

 

Now for the eyes.   On the shallots I made for the little one I made the eyes out of felt and stitched them on.  For these I used safety eyes because they go faster and look a bit neater.  Here is how I make felt eyes so you can try it both ways.

 

Start with a squarish piece of your chosen color and cut in a spiral until you get the size circle you want.  Do the same in a contrast color and put them together.  Stitch them on with matching color thread.

 

Safety eyes go like this.  I started with a background of white circle and poked the safety eye through that and the main piece.  It can be tricky to get through the felt sometimes so I poke a hole with a seam ripper and widen it a bit with some hemostats or something similar.

 

 

Once you have your eyes on you get to make a mouth for it.  I didn’t like the first one I tried so I changed it.  Stitch it down with matching thread and now he looks surprised.

 

 

Put your pieces together, matching tops and bottom points.  I don’t bother with pins when I’m sewing them because these are small and easy to manipulate by hand.  Sew with a scant seam (less than 1/2 inch) from marked dots down to the bottom point and stop.  Sew all pieces the same way.  When you get to the last seam, flatten out the piece as much as possible and follow the curve of the bottom past the end point over top of one of the seams that are already sewn.

 

 

You should end up with a bottom that looks like this.  No holes for the stuffing to escape.  You can clip the curves on the inside if you feel like it.  These are so small they don’t seem to need it.

 

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Front view.

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Now you stuff him.  Stuff him like you would any toy.  I used regular polyfill and stuffed him medium firm.

After that grab an embroidery needle threaded with a matching color thread and knot the end.  Poke your needle from the inside to the outside and leave a good 4-5 inch tail not pulled tight.

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The idea here is to take tiny stitches so they are not visible on the outside of the toy.  Like this:

 

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Run the stitch on the inside of the toy about 1/2 inch and bring needle back out.  Continue in as straight a line as you can till you get back to where you started.

 

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Tie the ends together and cinch down the top.  Tie a square knot and clip your thread ends.  I cut the extra at the top into “frondy” things.

I was slightly disappointed with how this one turned out.  The eyes were set too close to the top of the toy and the mouth too low.  Lesson learned.  Next time place them more in the middle.

 

Up next is the Tall Shallot which ended up fatter than the Fat Shallot. Figures.  I used a bigger size of safety eye on these and placed them more to the middle.  I think it helped for sure.

 

 

And then there were two!

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Last one is the Small Shallot.  This one is so small that I decided to just stitch a mouth on instead of stitching on a piece of black felt.  Play around with it and see what expression feels right for your shallot.

All the little blue dots on the shallots are easy to remove.  They just need a drop of water and they disappear.

 

 

And here they all are in their natural habitat!

 

 

Cheers for Shallots!