A Sad Blob of Seal

This is a sad blob of seal that I made with two different colors of lighting inside the stuffings. The purpose of this plush is for wrist rest when using computers. Two of the challenges that I ran into during this project were soldering the wires (one of the wires snapped and I had to re-solder it) and closing the stitches as I was handsewing throughout the entire project.

The lights are positioned where the wrist would be placed, so it’s like giving a flashy feeling when placing your wrist on that particular area.

Video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HCo0_MU1U_glzWJ4duK48Z9exYk7RvvZ/view?usp=sharing

Circuit:

Mishmish the Magic Duck

Mishmish the Magic Duck is a plush night light of a round little duckling with warm lustrous cheeks. Mishmish’s appearance is based on a childhood stuffed duck toy that brought a lot of comfort in the first few weeks I slept alone (around 4 years of age). I made Mishmish with this experience in mind. I wanted Mishmish to help kids in the developmental phase of initial self-soothing, where they have to sleep without their parents through the entire night. It is a very big change and the presence of comfort and warmth in the form of a stuffed toy can really help with their adjustment.

I tried to make Mishmish as soft and as friendly as possible, therefore I went with using felt for its body, beak, and feet. I used fabric marker for the eyes and added leather components for the rear pockets. 2 yellow LEDs are placed in the cheeks, they were soldered into a parallel circuit and connected to a 5V battery pack.

This project was honestly quite a bit of fun! I got to try out a lot of stuff that I’ve never done before. While I’ve soldered and sewn in the past, they weren’t for projects of this nature at all! I’ve done a lot of circuitboard soldering and leather sewing so they were somewhat adjacent to the skills required for this project. As a result, I wanted to play it a bit safe and so I scoped accordingly. Truth be told I was actually impressed with how I scoped and budgeted my working hours. I was left with a good stretch of time for problem solving anything that wasn’t quite working.

If I had more time to work on my project I would definitely redo the leather components with better material and more care. I was quite careless with how I made these leather parts because I saw them as tertiary, however I think if Mishmish gets some really nice leather doodads, it would give off even more of a warm and homey feeling.

A sketch of Mishmish along with its circuit diagram.

Plush Night Light Proposal – Ria

The three initial ideas for my plush night light is

1) A night light that looks like the pet animal they lost

2) A desk buddy with a message

3) Calming Sensory Plush Night Light designed specifically for children with autism

I am still confused about what type of sensory experience should the plush toy be projecting. Should it be a night light that switches on and off when touched or the night light projects this pattern of light or stars through a screen?

The idea that I am gravitating towards the most is a night light that is designed for children with autism.

Circuit Diagram

Yukti’s Plush Night Light

After ideating a few of the things my childhood self would love, I narrowed down on the ladybird for it was the easiest to hold and as a child I loved the bright colors. I think it can be hung next to the bed, like a real lady bird or on the bedside table. I wonder if we are able to even put a device in so that it can talk to the child or tell bedtime stories. In may opinion, that would be great.

Fun fact : As a child when I learnt to pick up a ladybird in my hand, I was obsessed. One day, my brother and I, collected 10-15 ladybirds in a jar and then released them in our bedroom. We shut all doors so they had no escape. Sadly, they started to die by the morning so we released them into their natural habitat. I loved this experience so much that in 4th grade, I painted my ceiling fan and wardrobe with ladybirds. My parent’s have changed houses over the years, they have always carried these fan blades along, though the painted center has changed.

My Ceiling Fan that I painted as a child.

So, I decided to make this ladybird for childhood Yukti.

To make this, I intend to have the LEDs in the 6 black polka dots.

To realize my idea, I bought two types of fabric that I want to cut and layer the top with. A sheer black that is doing to be an under layer for the top of the ladybird and an almost opaque thick furry red layer of fabric. I also intend to make the back with the tick fabric. I also bought some buttons for the eyes.

KPIs: Pre stitch these back sheer holes and then stitch the whole ladybird. I also want to make sure I get a clean thickness on the overall shape.

I’m excited!

Rohitha’s Plush Night Light Proposal

The dancing Whale.

Dancing whale is a stuff toy for kids with down syndrome. Studies show that children with down syndrome are reluctant to playing with toys with light or excess movement as down syndrome can cause development disfunctions and deficits in pattern integration and cognitive abilities.

So the Dancing whale is a soft toy with blue wave light patterns which are smooth lighting not harsh lighting, which will light up in waves and make the toy seem soothing compared to other lighting toys in the market.

Here as some reference sketches

To Implement this I bought my basic fabric and also started researching on stitching patterns.
Though i don’t have a circuit in place yet i did experiment with LED Buld lighting which will not work for my toy, so i will need to use LED Strip or other forms of lighting – ordered LED Light on amazon.

My main concerns with building the to are –
1. Matching the Fabric and light hues
2. Whether to use transparent tubing or smoky tubing
3. Making sure that the tube is not popping out of the toy and sits within the spectrum of the fabric
4. How to stich the tail.

To ideate I did some online search and here are the references :

Apart from the Dancing whale, I also ideated on Mr. WAI and Stretchy feet.

Mr. WAI – Mr. Who am I, Is a toy intended for toddlers especially in preschool. It can be worn as an everyday tag and lights up to the color you want. The color specifies which identity the toddler wants to take up for the day.

Whereas, Stretchy feet is a toy for babies which helps them stretch their legs away from their body.

Shun Cheng’s Light Proposal

I want to create a ghost toy for kids. At night, they can hold the ghost toy to go to the toilet. Giving them a hugging ghost toy will make them more comfortable with the ghost concept. Doing so may increase the chance for them to go to the toilet by themself.

Ghost Toy

The eyes will be led and can be used as a flashlight.

Soft Fabric

This fabric is soft which is pretty friendly for kids to hold.

Hot air balloon – Jaemin

Key Concept
– Small, cute decorative night light for everyone
– With hanging loop, you can hang everywhere.

Material used
– Mesh fabric (with sparse weaving) for the air balloon
– Velvet (Ivory, Light brown) for the basket and the strap
– Braided leather strip for the power button indicator and the hanging loop
– Two LEDs
– Batter pack with On/Off switch

With hanging loop, you can bring the light wherever you want

Parts detail

One LED facing the front, the other facing the back.

Photos

Process
– Sewing sparse mesh fabric was not easy.
– Including the battery pack as part of design was also challenging.

Ideation/Circuit design

How does the Flower Drink Water?

My plush toy, “How does the Flower Drink Water” is designed for young curious minds who have just started learning about our environment and ecosystem. The placement of lights in this toy highlights the roots and the stem, instead of the flower itself to bring attention to the xylem and flow of water.

When we learn how to draw a flower as kids, we almost always ignore the roots, the main source of nutrition. As a recent plant mom, I learnt after many avoidable plant deaths, the importance of understanding the root system and how it drastically affects the health of the plant.

Materials and Parts used

  1. Three Chiffon Fabrics
  2. Inside Fluff
  3. Thread and Needle
  4. Battery Pack
  5. Red and Green LEDs
  6. Resistors
  7. Soldering Iron
  8. Cardboard
  9. Electrical Heating Tubes
  10. Electrical Tape

For me the project can be divided into two parts, therapeutic sewing and stressful soldering. It was a pretty simple circuit to prepare but I struggled with assembling the LEDs, facing away from each other and placed at the joint of stem and roots. Finally when I had managed to secure the circuit within the plush toy and took it to the photo studio, one of the soldering came off. I successfully reassembled but then something else started malfunctioning. Hence, the final shots do not have the LEDs lit up.

Circuit Diagram

Performing Emergency Surgery on my Plush Toy

If I had more time, I would have

  1. Soldered better
  2. Changed the positioning of the green LED
  3. Hid the battery pack in the leaf
  4. Coded the LEDs on the Arduino to light up one after the other, starting from the roots to the bottom of the flower