Today I finally, finally got to finishing some stuffed bears I had been planning on making for Carry the Future.
Last August, I was nominated for the Leibster award by Sharon, of the blog Leadership2Mommyship. In my post One Lovely Blog Award & Leibster Award I shared that I was totally in love with an organization called Carry the Future that gives aide and baby carriers to refugees, especially those in the Middle East.
They had a great need for certain items, and while I have slightly limited resources, I do like to sew. I saw that Carry the Future was partnering with Dolls of Hope, which made simple doll and bear patterns available for anyone interested.
(I decided on the bear pattern because it looked easier.)
Not too long ago, I actually downloaded the pattern, planned the project and then went to Wal-Mart to get my fabric.
I bought a few flannel prints ⬆⬆⬆ for the front of the bears, and combined those with some Sesame Street fabric I already had and another flannel solid that was gifted to me.
These ⬆⬆⬆ are the fabrics for the backs of the bears. There is a combination of minky, fleece, and plush fleece (the green).
I probably started these in March and have just now finished 3. My goal is 12, but we’ll see 😄
These bears are fairly easy to do. And for anyone interested in making these, here are a few tips:
- Minky is hard to work with because it likes to slide, but once it’s matched up correctly I found it easy to sew.
- Using a peice of felt for the nose as the directions reccomend is the way to go.
- You will use a lot of black embroidery thread. Buy lots.
- 1 bag of stuffing will get you far. I’ve used enough for 3 bears and it looks like I’ve used hardly any.
- Minky and plush fleece will shed everywhere, which you will probably notice when it is cut at the store. I found it helpful to use an old sheet spread under the fabric when I cut it and then cleaned up the mess with a lint roller.
I think I will get better at these bears as I go along but just wanted to share my progress for those interested.
Fabric– $15.61, for a 1/2 yard of 6 different fabrics (1.99-3.92 each).
Stuffing-$3.47, and more than likely way more than I need.
Blue thread-$1.45 (I always buy Gutterman).
It is very doable to make 10 or more bears for under $25, that’s in the ballpark of $2.50 or less per bear.
If you want to get started making these, you can find information and directions here:
Does this look like something you are intersted in? Have you ever participated in a project like this? Let me know 😄😄