|Prototype felt teddy bear for
Children in Syria
I don’t like wasting things – especially if I have put time and effort into them, not to mention money.
When my first teddy, Emba, didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped I didn’t want to discard the template I had created. OK, so it wasn’t terribly successful when made out of fleece, but I thought it might work in felt. That would be useful as I was given a bagful of fleece a little while ago which I could make quite a few teddies from. I don’t think it will matter that much of the fleece is in shades of blue… will it?
The fleece had been squashed in a bag at the back of the cupboard under the stairs which meant that the first thing I had to do was press it. (I must be committed to doing things for the Syrian people if I’m risking having an iron in my hand! I shall have to be careful or I might suddenly find myself doing h*******k!) I then pressed my freezer paper template onto a single thickness of felt and cut out the felt using pinking shears, leaving a generous 1/4 inch seam allowance all round. I repeated that process on a second piece of felt.
The next stage was to stitch the facial features. I should also have stitched the buttons at this stage… but I forgot. Oops! As my backstitch is not always neat, I decided to work a running stitch, twice, so that the effect is like backstitch. This was done on the right sides of the felt, partly as a feature but also to ensure that Fre would be a better shape than Emba and to stop the stuffing from escaping. After I had completed the stuffing and stitching, I stitched three buttons of different colours, just to add a bit of decoration. As with the pillowcase dresses that I have made for Dress A Girl Around The World, I hope to make all the teddies slightly different from each other so that every child’s teddy is unique.
I am pleased with how Fre [#] turned out and, if I can manage to stitch them on the sewing machine, I plan on making several more. I enjoy stitching by hand but sewing this was one labour-intensive teddy!
|My ‘huggle’ of teddies and bunnies|
I have added Fre to the ‘huggle’ of teddies and bunnies that I am collecting to be distributed by Hand in Hand For Syria. I think the word ‘huggle’ is the ideal description for this group that are going to children in hospital in Syria. After all, a huggle is the very least need or deserve.
|Knitted and crocheted snuggle bunny|
This lovely snuggle bunny was made by Sue who belongs to the Friendly ELKS group (part of Loving Hands). It is a small blanket combined with a toy. Cute, huh?
|Snuggle bunny with blanket spread out|
The two teddies below were knitted by Amy who is in the Red Bank Knitting Group. The pattern is an ideal way to use up scraps of yarn!
|Teddies knitted by Amy|
[#] I’m sure you can guess the reason for the name ‘Fre’… he’s blue with cold because he’s FREezing! Ha ha ha. Grooaaan.