Do you remember the “My Buddy” commercials from the 80’s? That song is burned into my brain. Does that make me old?
Did you watch it? Will that song be in your head for the next week? Sorry…. kinda.
Anyhoo, today, I am gonna tell about the DIY My Buddy that I made for my little guy, YMGP. Not so long ago, YMGP turned 18 months old. While not really a birthday, it seems like a year and a half is actually going to be a major milestone in his life. Although he started to “toddle” well before his first birthday, at 18 months, he seemed to transform almost immediately from baby to toddler. He has grown upwards rather than around, started talking a lot more, and become much more independent. I wanted to do something with him to document this milestone and decided that it would be a fun experiment to make him a “Buddy” that was his size on his 18 month birthday. Besides, he needed a dance partner.
The best part about making a Buddy for your child is that it is a collaborative process. Depending on his or her age, they can just be a template or make it entirely his or herself. The first step is a team effort. Trace your child onto fabric with a water-soluble craft marker. I used a larger piece of fabric folded in half.
Now, I must admit, tracing around a wiggly and giggly 18 month old was challenging. Apparently, the marker tickled a lot. But I got it done, it was far from perfect, but it adds to Buddy’s charm. I tried to get a picture of YMGP being traced, but the best I could do (in focus) was him putting a sticker on the fabric.
I pinned the layers of fabric together and cut around my tracing lines, being sure to leave plenty of seam allowance.
I pulled out my sewing machine and stitched around my trace lines, except for a gap in the side to stuff through. Oh, and I also decided to forgo individual fingers and draw them on later.
I turned the creepy shell of a doll I had made right side out, and put it through the wash to remove the blue lines.
After he was all clean, I stuffed him with fiberfill and sewed up his side by hand. Then I got out some fabric markers and gave him features… eyes, ears, hair, knees, belly button, etc. Obviously, this part would be fun for an older child.
I picked out a couple of outfits that YMGP had out-grown of and let him pick out Buddy’s clothes. Then, I helped him get Buddy dressed. It took a while because we were working on recognizing body parts the whole time. Never been more glad to give a doll a belly button.
“My Buddy, My Buddy, everywhere I go, he goes…” Like on a wagon ride, or down the playroom slide (before dog silhouette artwork).
Not only is Buddy a fun friend for YMGP, it will help mama remember how little her big boy was at 18 months old. So much more fun that a growth chart, don’t you think?