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« on: April 05, 2008 10:58:23 PM »

I just love these monthly challenges!  I can't resist them. 

I went to the Dollar Tree with no idea as to what I was going to make, but I figured I'd probably be sewing.  i decided that i wasn't just going to blow $10 on crap that I wouldn't use after the challenge, though, so it made it a little more difficult.  There is quite a variety of materials you can choose from there, but when it comes to fabric items, they're all pretty sad quality.  I lucked out when I found some decent quality fleece scarves, though.  They were nice and big, and not the same thin stuff they use for the other scarves and for their baby blankets.  They only came in white, though.  I grabbed a couple of them and wandered around looking for something to accent them with.  It was when I came across the Cuddly Cousins that I knew I had found my muse.

I'm a big fan of using faux fur over the real thing!
I purchased 7 bears and 3 fleece scarves.  I got quite a few interesting looks riding home on the bus with a big pile of teddys all around me.

Warm and soft I knew they would be perfect for lining the hood and adding a little flair, but first I had to get the fur to a point where I could use it.  (Sensitive viewers beware, the next few images contain graphic teddy images )
Don't worry, I was very gentle.  I used my scalpel (Xacto) to carefully remove the stitches down the back of the bear, removed his fluff (all saved to be used for other projects), and disassembled the pieces of his body.  Finally, I sewed the odd pieces of fur into straight strips to make a solid fabric I could cut my pieces from. 

Stitching up the fleece body of the coat wasn't too difficult, it was just a basic bodice with some darts in the back.  I had a little trouble getting the sleeves right.  I wanted to get both sleeves from one scarf and because of that I had to make up some funky gussets for the underarms.  I probably should have used a pattern for them, since I'm just terrible at sleeves, but they turned out alright I think.  I fur lined the hood, added ties at the top of the front with cute little fur balls at the ends, lined the cuffs, and made two pockets for the front (they're fur on the outside and lined inside with fleece scraps) and bear ears on the hood (I only pinned these on, so I can take them off if I want).  Finally I added the only material that didn't come from the dollar store, an old zipper I had on hand.

If I were to do things differently, I would have used four scarves and six bears instead, I had one bear left over at the end.

/\ Super cozy hood fully lined with fur

/\ The ties at the front in a cute bow

/\ Front, hood up
/\Back, hood up

It's nice and warm.  These photos were taken on a pretty chilly morning, and I was quite comfortable!

Thanks for looking!
I left a few photos out of this post, but if you wand to see the others, feel free to stop by my blog post:

I would love to do some personal swaps.
I'm looking for handmade soaps, jewelry, and knit legwarmers/socks.
pm me if I can sew something for you!

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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008 11:08:00 PM »

You have me giving the evil eye towards the beanie baby collection!
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« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008 11:17:43 PM »

I LOVE this!  ....but I did feel slightly nauseous at the sight of 7 skinned teddies hehe  Cheesy

Brilliant idea...you will be getting my vote!

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008 11:34:11 PM »

Hahah this picture looks so morbid!  I love your idea though, they sell (fake)fur-lined jackets at some places for 50-60 bucks, and here you made one for 10 bucks, thats awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 11:39:39 PM »

I like your idea a lot, but what I like most is that you didnt just buy stuff to make something you would chuck away after.
Really fantastic

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2008 12:13:16 AM »

 Cheesy What a great idea. It's way too cute for words.

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2008 01:13:02 AM »

This is so freakin awesome! I cant believe you made it out of teddy bears! You definitely have my vote.
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2008 01:24:13 AM »

The teddies were sacrificed for a very fashionable cause...your hoodie looks fantastic!
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2008 02:32:49 AM »

This is so amazing! I would totally wear this! Again, from dollar store materials - brilliant! This rocks and is wisted.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2008 04:34:59 AM »

This looks so fun! I wanna cut up teddybears as well  Grin Very nice fitting.

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