We are those parents who are pretty obnoxious about what our children watch, in truth it is mostly because I don’t want to watch crap but one thing we love as a whole family is anything Andy Day does on CBeebies. In the words of my 4 year old “he is my favourite paleontologist, Mummy there are two people I need to meet, Andy and Willy Wonka”. I do not have the heart to burst his bubble so instead I decided to get so many Mum points by making him a kick ass Gizmo.
If you are still reading this post I have no need to explain what a gizmo is but I will say this Christmas is coming and you will score highly if you make one.
You will need;
- Neoprene (found on EBay)
- Gizmo Files – email me and I will send all of the images and info to you via we transfer)
- A Sewing Machine – or access to one
- A Laminator – or access to one
- A Printer – or access to one
- Cut your neoprene to size. I used my mobile phone as a template for the actual gizmo. Cut 2 of these. Measure around your child’s wrist and make it a little looser than that neoprene stretches so do not make it too large but children grow and you want the toy to last. I cut two lengths 1/4 inch wider than my child’s wrist measurement and the length from the thumb to 2″ down the wrist.
- Print out the files that I sent to you and laminate them. Use them as a template to cu a window on one of your Gizmo pieces. The good news is neoprene does not fray so no need to worry about hems.
- With wrong sides together sew your gizmo pieces together as shown in the image.
- Now sew the Gizmo to one side of the tube. Turn the wrong sides together and sew down either side.
- Now all that is left to do is to hand stitch a few times at the top of the tube to make a space for the thumb. Then you can cut a curve to shape the top.
You can easily do this project in one day so there is plenty of time before Christmas.