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Misters of the Universe: Mr Men Meets He-Man. Soft Toys for Toddlers – CleverPatch DIY Dad Challenge

What do you get when you mix kids’ favourite Mr Men, with 80’s kids’ favourites Masters of The Universe (that’s He-Man, for all you heathens)? Nothing but AWESOME fun for your toddler!

This week CleverPatch challenged me with these old-school craft favourites:

Felt Squares & Wadding
(click here to check out the Felt Squares and here for the Wadding on the CleverPatch website).

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Talk about options. Type felt and wadding into Google, and sit back as you are overwhelmed with Pinterest links! I wanted to make felt He-Man characters but that didn’t seem dad enough. There had to be something extra; a twist.

So what about mish-mashing a sweet piece of 80’s cartoon violence with the eternally kid-friendly Mr Men books? Brilliant! Wanna know what’s even cooler? You can merge their names to become:

Misters of the Universe: Soft Toys

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You will need:

  • CleverPatch felt squares (23cm) – Pack of 100
  • scissors
  • fabric marker (black)
  • sewing machine OR needle & thread OR happy wife
  • CleverPatch wadding – 20g pack

Step 1 – cut out felt pieces

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There are so many characters from both franchises that I could have made a hundred of these things. But, to start out, I had to go with the two biggies from Masters of the Universe; He-Man & Skeletor.

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And who better to mash them with, than Mr Strong for He-Man & Mr Mean for Skeletor?

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I did some rough sketches to wok out what they would look like and then used the fabric marker to outline the shapes onto some different felt colours. There are two equal square red pieces, to be Mr. He-Man’s body, and two equal sort-of-rectangluar purple pieces to be Mr. Skeletor’s.

Step 2 – sew everything onto the front piece

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Use a sewing machine to sew all of the costume pieces onto the front. For Skeletor, this means his yellow face and four blue skin pieces. For Me-man this is a yellow bob wig and grey chest armour.

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I had to get Phenom-A-Mum to set up the sewing machine for me again (see my first sewing venture: Instant Toy Story Woody Costume) and pin all of the bits down. Then I went to town with my foot on the sewing pedal, and a background of her shouting “slow down!”. I may have messed up a few times, particularly on the yellow bob, but at least they now have a REALLY homemade vibe.

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Turns out that I had cut the cross emblem for He-Man’s armour waaaaaaay too small for the sewing machine. So I grabbed some fabric glue and stuck that sucker down. Phenom-A-Mum then sewed the centre circle down, just in case the glue failed.

Step 3 – draw on the features

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One fabric marker. Check. Two semi-sewn characters without features. Check.

Hand draw on the features of the characters to make them look extra schmicko.

Step 4 – add arms & legs

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Place the arm and leg pieces between the front and back felt, and pin together. Easy!

Step 5 – sew three sides

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Now sew. Because these are straighter lines you can rev the sewing machine engine and gun it! Only sew three sides, so that there is a pocket at the top ready for stuffing.

Step 6 – stuff it and sew it

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Shove in lots of wadding. I ended up using only a third of the packet for the two figures. Then you gotta sew up the open edge. This bit is kinda tricky and I managed to leave two big holes in Mr. Skeletor’s edge. I also realised that I shouldn’t have sewn the yellow bob on at the beginning because I now couldn’t use the machine to sew to close Mr.He-Man up.

So Phenom-A-Mum set to work yet again (ain’t she a trooper?) hand-fixing my mistakes!

Welcome to the Misters of the Universe!

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I’m totally going to brag – these are AWESOME! How come you can’t buy them from your local geek store yet? I’d order every character available.

But what did Little E think of his new cuddly buddies?

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BKLK_78_extra big cuddle_toddler boy son_Misters of the Universe_Mr Men meets He Man_soft stuffed toys for toddler_CleverPatch DIY Dad ChallengeIt’s big squishy cuddles all around! Proud to say that this week’s dad-craft is a SUCCESS! BOOM!

Who is your favourite Mr Men character? Which 80’s cartoon character would you mash them with?
Let me know in the comments below:


This is not a paid post, however CleverPatch are providing Big Kid Little Kid with the craft materials used in this post.

DISCLAIMER: This crafty dad-craft consists of my original craft design and engineering, but it is inspired by products and/or characters that I did not invent. Mr Men and its associated characters, and Masters of the Universe and its associated characters, are not my invention and are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners in Britain, America and/or other countries. This homemade craft is in no way official nor endorsed by the trademark holders.

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Awww I think the best part is seeing how much your kid enjoys what you’ve made :)
    In saying that, I love your craft adventures! Sure, I’ll never do anything that involves sewing, but I do enjoy reading about them haha.

    • David Hawkins

      The sewing machine is easy… as long as I’ve got my trusty wife there to fix all of the problems I cause. Thanks for loving the dad-craft Kez! I’m a big fan of these cuddly toys. I wonder how much it’ll cost to get them mass-produced?

  • Great to see your creative mind at work again David (although Phenom-A-Mum might have to start charging). Mr Strong/He Man is my favourite of the two, only because Skeletor scared the crap out of me as a kid. My fave Mr Men character is Mr Bump and I was always a fan of Fat Albert so perhaps Mr Fat Bump could be your next project? Hey hey hey…

    • David Hawkins

      That is a brilliant idea! Mr Fat Bump needs his own live action movie trilogy.