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« on: October 22, 2006 03:16:24 PM »

I found the pattern for these bears at my favorite thrift store and bought it without a second thought. My mom used to make these bears for us when I was a child. I don't think she has any of them anymore. So I thought I would make some for my girls. The two flannel bears are from receiving blankets my Mom made for the girls when they were newborns. My girls loved to be swaddled (both were swaddled past their first birthday!!) and Mom would make these huge flannel or seersucker blankets to use.

The dark grey bears are made from my Grandpa M's old pea coat. When he died, I asked Mom to get some of his clothes for me. I intended to pay an exorbitant amount of money to have it made into 'memory' bears for the girls. Twice I almost sent the coat off but chickened out due to the cost. So when I got this pattern I decided I would do it myself. Both of my nieces will get a bear and both of my girls will. I still have one of his suit jackets to make bears for nieces and nephews who are yet to be.

I have to admit. When I clipped into the shoulder seam of Grandpa's coat to start ripping it up I felt like I was doing something sacrilegious.

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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2006 03:25:08 PM »

those are so sweet!
and much better than letting those blankets and coats pile up in a box somewhere!
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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2006 03:27:40 PM »

those bears are wonderful, and that is a wonderful way to remember someone... i loove it

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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2006 03:36:40 PM »

soOoOoOooO cute

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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2006 04:51:49 PM »

WOW! I think you did your Grandpa's coat, and his memory proud. Not to mention the absolute fate that brought the pattern to you!  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2006 05:46:26 PM »

Those little guys are super cute! I love that you turned them into a memory as well. Wonderful use of your craft.
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« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2006 04:20:20 AM »

Oh my gosh! That is the coolest thing ever!!!
I bet those will be treasured for a lifetime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And cute too!

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« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2006 03:21:08 PM »

Who made the pattern?

If you don't know, perhaps you could send it to me by private message? They are SO cute!

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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2006 08:45:48 PM »

Holy cow! Your bears are adorable--the grey ones are my favorites. I love the recycled fabrics, it makes them all the more special.
They look so much like the same plushie my mom made for me when I was little (the '70's) and that I hauled around for at least ten years, well after I was way too old to be hauling her around. Mine was a cat version with a long tail, but the body and head look very much alike.

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« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2006 02:55:38 PM »

Thanks everyone - I am glad you like them...I have to confess - I screwed up cutting the bears out of my grandpa's coat and didn't think to flip the patter for half the parts (with a used piece of fabric it seems best to cut out one pattern piece at a time) fortunately, the inside and outside of the fabric were very close to the same so unless you look carefully, it is hard to tell. I also had to include some coat seams on the back sides of the bears.

I chose to leave the bears from Grandpa's coat unclothed because they looked so cute naked - but I thought clothes were nice for the flannel ones - helps cover the print a bit...

Who made the pattern?

If you don't know, perhaps you could send it to me by private message? They are SO cute!

It is a McCalls Carefree Pattern the copyright on it is 1975 and the number is 4714

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