The cutting template made it super easy to cut out all the robot parts that I need. This pile took about 10 minutes and I know everything is the right size. The only think I haven’t cut yet is all the arms and legs. I’m not sure how big I want those to be so I’m going to wait until I have a few things put together to figure that out.
I really like how it’s all going to look with the embroidery floss.
A trip to White Rock Lake. We ran around it and then I couldn’t move my legs. Half marathon here I come.
- photo by Chris Sommers
Guess what? Math IS awesome. Have I lost my mind, you ask? No. I think math is awesome because I don’t have to do any! I happen to spend my real life working everyday in AutoCAD. Aside from drawing construction details, it’s also a fantastic program for planning out sewing projects.
Once I have my little sketch
I just re-draw that image in AutoCAD. This sounds complicated but for something like this robot it took all of about 6 minutes until I had this simple drawing.
The best part is the handy little dimension tool that figures out exactly how big everything is. I can measure down the 32nd if I wanted to (but I don’t).
This is also great for figuring out complicated quilt blocks or exactly how much fabric I’ll need for a project.
If I’m working on something really complicated or with a limited amount of material (like one square of bamboo felt) I’ll make a cutting template. I measure the size of my material, in this case 20” x 22” and then lay out the size of each piece already dimensioned with my dimension tool. And another awesome feature that makes AutoCAD ideal for sewing projects? It’s the offset tool. I can decide my seam allowance, here it’s ¼” and offset all my pieces to include the finished cutting size. I’ll end up with something like this.
If I’m feeling especially fancy (always) or I just want to get a better idea of how something will turn out I’ll make a PDF of the line drawing for a little Photoshop magic. For example, this is how I plan my ScottBot to turn out.
We’ll see what happens.
This beautiful bamboo felt I bought last weekend…
…is on it’s way to becoming a robot.
Remember last year around this time when I made a panda?
Well, it’s that time again and that special little boy is turning two this year. I’ve been seeing a lot of robots around the internet lately and thought a plush robot would be a perfect gift. (We all know I am partial to robots.)
I also thought this would be a good time to share exactly how I go about making things. My Weekender bag is one of the few things I’ve made from an actual pattern. The quilts I make usually start as an idea in my head and go from there. Even that panda from last year was based on a bear pattern that I modified and then added to. This robot is the same way. I don’t have a pattern just an idea.
So where did that idea come from? Well, after I decided that I wanted to make a robot, I looked around for some good robot inspiration. Go to flickr and search for plush robot and you will find images abound. The same with Google image search. So Googled and searched and Flickred and then came this.
Lots of drawings of lots of little robots. After contemplating how I was actually going to construct and if I wanted to add additional thickness to the robot I’ve chosen this little guy to become my ScottBot.
The next step? Lots of math. Awesome.
One trip to the farmers market. We tasted some delicious local honey and came home with an organic free range chicken from Busy B’s Market in Grandview.
One trip to Frisco for the FC Dallas home opener.
One plan for this bamboo felt. Details to follow….
One trip to the fabric store where I picked up these lovelies.
I love these bunnies from Cloud9 Fabrics.
While I was there, I also got some beautiful bamboo felt and coordinating embroidery floss.
You may guess that there are some more projects forth coming.
One Amy Butler Weekender bag: finished!
I put the lining together yesterday and hand stitched it in. I have never made anything this elaborate before (or anything that contained so much interfacing). Let’s just take a moment to bask in the doneness of it all.