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« on: April 23, 2009 02:09:30 PM »

So my FIL came to fix up and take the dead Jeep that's been just sitting at our house.  He came into the house yesterday after running some errands with a teddybear under his arm.  My 4-yo asked, "what's that?"  FIL said, "a washcloth."  I chuckled, thinking it was a joke.

Well after lunch, FIL says to me, "I know you're such a great seamstress, and I have a project for you if you have time."  Blatant flattery, but I had time.  He wanted me to rip open the teddy and turn it into a shammy mitt to wash the Jeep.  Apparently he's had his wife do this before, and it costs less to buy a bear at the thrift store, than to buy the mitts.

I must admit, the opportunity to eviscerate a teddy without incurring my children's wrath was stimulating.  (4-yo was satisfied when I told him that I'd leave the head intact.)  So I got started right away....



I ripped open the neck and arm seams, and pulled the stuffing out.



When I had it empty of guts, I pulled the body inside-out and stuffed one leg inside the other.



I cut out a kinda' egg shape, trying to guess how much bigger FIL's hand is than mine.  Then I alienated my serger by using it to close up the shape, leaving the narrow end open and finishing that edge.



I pulled it right-side-out, and there's a shammy.



FIL said, "oh, it's beautiful!  Just right!"  Again, blatant flattery, but what can you do?  I was able to get a second mitt out of the legs and stuff, but it was a little trickier, and turned out looking vaguely like a hand puppet.  I have to say, FIL had a good idea with this one.  And my honey said that I could hang the leftover head from a tree in the front yard next Halloween....

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2009 03:33:21 PM »

Awesome idea! My boyfriend paints cars and Ill have to share this info with him.
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2009 03:36:45 PM »

So clever and yet a little wrong.

So what are you going to do with the head? Shame for it to go to waste...
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2009 07:39:32 PM »

I thought I'd either use it for a Halloween decoration/prop/costume or make a hobby-horse type of toy.  But I'm totally open to suggestions. 
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2009 04:28:08 AM »

I am so laughing because I just bought a very large teddy at an estate sale for $1 to use the stuffing and the fur. He looks exactly like yours but he is wearing a scarf. Thanks for the idea. How tall was yours originally?
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2009 06:20:09 PM »

From head to toe, he was probably two feet, maybe a skosh more.
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