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« on: October 14, 2009 01:18:31 PM »

I love to make gifts for my nieces and nephews. Especially the little ones who are so intrigued by and appreciative of something handmade.

I've been working on some hats (handspun/hand-dyed wool) for my husband's brother's 4 kids, but I'd already given one to his little girl (who is having her first birthday), so I had to think of something else to make for her birthday. I'm also trying to use up my crafting stash before buying more, so I found an Old Navy lambs' wool sweater that I had accidentally shrunk years ago, made a pattern based off some that I had seen (I like to free-hand my patterns...makes them special), and set to sewing it up. I button-jointed the legs, but stitched the arms on. I think it will be okay that the legs are jointed...I pulled them really tight and used strong, waxed thread.

I had a hard time deciding how to do the eyes. I had one set all needle-felted and ready to attach, then I decided I didn't like them. So, I felted another pair that was more cartoonish and more to my liking. I just used some black wool for the nose. Both the nose and eyes are needle-felted to the face (nothing for a baby to pick at). It was a happy coincidence that the wool I used for the eyes was the same color as the thread I used (upholstery thread). I used a scrap of silk from my neck-tie bag to make a 'scarf' for the bear. He is 17 inches tall when standing, and 12 inches tall when sitting.

This is the first teddy bear that I've made, and I love him. I'm going to have a really hard time giving him away, but, I guess that will make him an extra-special gift. Thanks for looking!







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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009 02:31:35 PM »

I think your bear is awesome!
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009 02:37:58 PM »

He's adorable! I'd have never known he was your first one. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009 03:07:06 PM »

Awwww!  That is just adorable!!!
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009 04:09:09 PM »

very nice!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2009 08:51:38 PM »

That is a wonderfully handsome, and very well made Teddy. You should be proud of your uber-awesome pattern skills too!
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009 02:29:34 PM »

I love him.  Great work on the eyes.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009 03:43:32 PM »

Your bear is super cute.  I love the red tie.  Great job.
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2009 06:54:53 PM »

Wow, I love your bear! I wish I could make something like that =)
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« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2009 07:25:47 AM »

Thanks for all of the nice comments! I'll be sending the little guy to its new home today...I hope my niece likes it.
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