The Robot Scarf Tutorial (a Dabbled Re-run)

scarf-boyI hope everyone had a great thanksgiving! I’ll have some great food related posts this week, including another picture recipe (this time Oatmeal Cookies, which the Handy Hubby made today!), info on making/freezing chicken stock, and a fabulous christmas version of the previous wedding cake cookies. But today, I’m not really up for something new, so here’s a compilation post of everything you need to know to make a quick and cute Robot scarf!

This is a fun little project I did last year, and it took me maybe an evening to complete. I don’t really embroider, so I went for a hand-sewn look to this that is cute and fun, and easily replicable by any of you guys. I’m sure this could be done so much better by someone with sewing skill, so take this tutorial and let me know if you create an even better one!

Brown Fleece
White fleece felt
Embroidery floss in several colors.
(obviously, pick the colors you prefer)

The Process:

Step 1: The Design
Concept sketch and pattern for the Claude-bot ScarfYou can use any design, but here is the pattern for the little robot I like to call Claude. It’s CC licensed for personal use with attribution, so go ahead and click through and grab it.

Step 2:
I cut out the body and the hands out of my white felt, following the pattern.

Step 3:
Then, I stitched on the robot face and buttons on the body with embroidery thread, part of the charm of this being the ‘hand stiched’ look, so don’t worry if you can barely sew! (I used a lime green, but lesson learned was it would probably work better in a darker, more contrasting color)
In progress, Robot Scarf

Step 4:
I cut the brown fleece into a scarf width, slightly larger than the robot pattern (I laid out the pieces on the fleece to decide placement), and slit the ends for fringe. Since this was a child’s scarf, I just used the width of the bolt as the scarf length (for an adult, you’d need to go longer). Another lesson learned – I would probably double the width and stitch it up into a tube, so the back would be clean and you wouldn’t see the stitching.

Step 5:
Body: I sewed the robot body to the fleece using a blanket stitch. I did a simple stitch across his neck line to define the head.

Robot scarf prototype - up close

Step 6:
Arms: I used white floss to sew arms directly to the brown fleece. No fancy embroidery here, just made it up as I went along.

Step 7:
Hands: I placed the balls for the hands over the ends of the arms where I thought they looked good, and sewed them on using the gold floss, similarly to the body.

Step 8:
Final touches: Added “ears” and antenna with gold, and lightning bolts in green.

All in all, a fun, relatively quick project, with lots of learning opportunities. and that is the purpose of this blog, to just TRY IT!

Lessons learned:
– I envision better than I can hand sew. I swear I need minions, maybe elves, to actually execute my visions.
– By the time I was done I was sewing alot better and my fingers hurt.
– Fringe should be cut wider on a child size scarf. And i should take the time to cut it straight.
– I should have used darker floss for the robot decorations (eyes, etc) for better contrast.

All the pics and instructions are also here, as an Instructable!