Creating a teddy bear from the clothes of someone special, like mum, can turn an ordinary teddy bear into a family heirloom. Choose one of mum's dresses or a combination of garments to make a one-of-kind teddy bear that will inspire memories of special days spent with mum. Add a piece of her jewellery and your teddy bear will be a reflection of your mother's good taste.
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Things you need
- Mum's clothes for making the teddy bear
- Teddy bear pattern
- Straight pins
- All-purpose thread
- Sewing machine
- Polyester fiberfill stuffing
- 2 small buttons for eyes
- Embroidery floss
- Larger button
- Ribbon or jewellery (optional)
Choose the clothes that will be used to make the teddy bear. Choose either one garment that has enough fabric from which to make the bear or choose several coordinating fabrics that look good together. You can determine how many garments you will need to make the bear by laying out the fabric and placing the pattern pieces on it.
Wash and dry mum's clothes if you wish, but you may choose not to if you want to retain their scent. Iron but do not use starch.
Find a teddy bear pattern that can be made from clothes. Pick a teddy bear pattern that has simple lines. Let the fabric be the focal point.
Examine the clothes for any stains, wear or holes. Avoid these areas when laying out the pattern. Place the clothes on a flat surface with the wrong-side up. Place the pattern pieces on the fabric and pin in place with straight pins along the outer edge of the pattern. Cut pieces out with scissors.
Assemble teddy bear pattern pieces as directed by the pattern manufacturer. Pin pattern pieces together, right-side to right-side with straight pins. Hand sew the pattern pieces together using a straight stitch with a needle and all-purpose thread or a sewing machine.
Remove any excess seam allowance especially when it is in the curve of the arms or legs. Leave a 5-cm (2-inch) opening on each body part to allow for stuffing. Clip the extra fabric so the arm or leg has a curved appearance.
Use forceps or tweezers to turn the teddy bear parts to the right side.
Stuff each body part with polyester fiberfill evenly until it is firm. Turn the open, raw edge inside and sew it with small straight stitches.
Assemble the teddy bear parts as directed in the pattern instructions.
Practice the placement of the eyes, nose and mouth by using straight pins. Sew two small buttons for the eyes. Embroider an upside-down "Y" for the nose and mouth. Use embroidery floss or sew a larger button for the nose.
Add a ribbon around the neck for decoration or if this teddy bear will not be used as a toy, consider adding a brooch or decorative piece of mum's jewellery.
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