by toogie 27 Jul 2020

Hello Cuties, Do any of you have grandchildren that Love Benson from Toy Story 2 or 4 or whichever number it is? Gus loves Benson! Carries him around everywhere and I think even sleeps with him. He looks creepy to me with those stretched wide open eyes and dummy mouth. It’s a game with Gus and me. He brings him and I act scared and of course he gets excited and laughs at me.

Anyway, since I make Nora doll clothes he wanted clothes for Benson. However, Bensons suit is molded plastic built into the figure. I told him he would have to leave Benson with me so I could make his clothes.
After making Nora’s dress, I decided to work on Benson pants and a tee shirt. I was using old black recycled knit for pants and just what I could get my hands on for shirt. I was planning on making something better once I got a fit with the first set.
Well, I got a call they were coming to pick up Benson before bedtime😳I said give me a minute to finish sleeves & Velcro. He was so happy with Benson having ‘real’ clothes.
The company who made Benson lost money by molding the suit with the body. They could have made clothing to purchase extra. Anyway, not too pretty him or clothing but here they are. The main thing is Gus is happy!😃
As creepy as this one looks, now he wants Slappy! Mom said every time UPS delivers Gus waits to see if Slappy is in the package.🤣


by dailylaundry 31 Jul 2020

Our oldest son had a puppet when he was little - I too thought he was a bit creepy - but, our son didn't stay attached to it like your little Gus seems to be. You are a super Grandmother!! Hugs, Laura

by killiecrankie 30 Jul 2020

He is creepy but the new outfit improved his looks.Maybe a ski mask to keep his head warm & hide his mouth.
I hate ventriloquist dummies & that what he looks like to me.

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toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

He has a place/button on back of his head that opens his mouth. I just think the eyes make him look scary but I guess the mouth too. Ski mask would help cover it up. Thanks for 👀

by lbrow 28 Jul 2020

Good job Toogie. When I think of all the doll clothes I have made. Well wow. It was fine 'till those little Barbie things came out. I was lucky there though. Mother was working for Mattell and my half sister was modeling for a lot of the clothes so mother send them on to Adele who had the Barbie. Robyn came along 6 yrs later so she inherited the Barbie. stuff . Robyn had no girls so it all came back to Amanda, Now Amanda has Abby 9 yrs old and she is not a doll lover anymore.

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I'm like you. I can't tell you how many Barbie clothes I've made. I do know they had stuffed a suitcase-lol- so that's a lot of little pieces. My mom sewed for Ashley's Barbies too but not as much as me. She had a crippled hand so it took her longer, but she would make them. She crocheted some too. Nora has all of Ashley's Barbie clothes.

by sewtired 28 Jul 2020

Yes, he is creepy and you do amazing things!

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I'm like you not my idea of a child's toy-thanks-have you watched the movie?

sewtired by sewtired 29 Jul 2020

I saw the first one, not sure about the rest.

toogie by toogie 31 Jul 2020

You would remember this one. I thought they were a little scary for a children's movie. The doll on there, too. In the end the doll is better...

by clintonmiss22 28 Jul 2020

Cute! ONce again, you're a good grandmother!!

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toogie by toogie edited 28 Jul 2020

lol thank you K- I must agree here because he is so creepy looking-lol

by 02kar Moderator 28 Jul 2020

I think Benson looks great, ready for action now. I admire your ability to make Gus a happy boy. I'm not sure I could have done this and have the clothes look as good.

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I bet you could and if you do mess up the piece is so small just cut another😉😂thanks for looking

by pennifold 28 Jul 2020

This is awesome Toogie, I can't believe you make all those fiddly doll's clothes. Too much work for me. Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

They are fun, thanks. Benson’s aren’t as small as Barbies.

by mops Moderator 28 Jul 2020

Well done Toogie. He looks nicer with real clothes!
When my elder son was young we lived in England and Action man was all the rage. A popular Children's TV program even showed how to make a tent using a wire clothes hanger as a frame. Back in the Netherlands you could not get an Action man, let alone clothes so I had to sew for him. Remember using an orphaned sock for a shirt. Could be done at night when he was asleep. Fortunately he was not as fashion conscious as his sisters were for their barbies :)

mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

I think what you did was a lot harder, as Benson was dressed up to start with.

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

If you look close up in the first picture, you can see where his suit jacket ends, almost at the crotch. See how it sticks out? I told my dh I would make his clothes from knit, so Gus's little hands would be able to stretch it to get it over the suit coat. I didn't even hem the pants, as I almost made them too short, no allowance for a hem. They are not perfect, but as you say, maybe Gus and your son are not as fashion conscious as their sisters.-lol-
Did you read what Nora did when I measured and pin her dress? She is hilarious! I have so much fun with her.

mops by mops 28 Jul 2020

I did and had a food laugh!

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020


by shirley124 27 Jul 2020

Well done Tooogie. You have made a little boy happy. That is the main thing. Hugs

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toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

Yes it is, you are so right. Thanks Shirley

by cfidl 27 Jul 2020

Wow! You did a great job. As long as Gus is happy! Happy stitching!

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toogie by toogie 27 Jul 2020

Thank you Christine, but the neck was too large, so I put a turtleneck. Then it was too high, so I folded it back down on itself and stitched, making a real thick band around the neck. His molded bow tie sticks up thick and his mouth opens and closes, so I did okay for the first try, I guess. Unfortunately I may not get him anything else made because Gus won't leave him.

by crafter2243 Moderator 27 Jul 2020

Honestly Toogie. is there anything you can not do?. I find working with those small pieces a giant pain. You made Gus happy and I am sure he will want some more pieces of clothing for Benson

toogie by toogie 27 Jul 2020

Maybe no more because he won't want to leave him. I trimmed on the pants pattern I drew up each time I adjusted but I didn't on the shirt....

You want a list of the can't dos?

deannabriese by deannabriese 28 Jul 2020

WOW. Reminds me of the Howdy Doody puppets from the 1950's. I had one. Good times, good memories. Thanks to all of you for being out there and supporting each other the way you do.

toogie by toogie 28 Jul 2020

I remember Howdy Doody, with the freckles and red hair! Whatever happened to yours? Gus has a sister named Avery. Her teacher's husband has a Slappy dummy. Gus wants one so bad, but my daughter said, if the guy has had it this long she is sure he's not getting rid of it. Avery's teacher and her husband are into theatrical productions.