Reader "The Diving Belle" wrote in with an interesting DIY/How To question:
A young couple I know (and love) have just announced they will be parents in the Spring. As they are very eco-aware, I'd love to make their baby a "green" teddy bear, using recycled fabric and such. Any thoughts on locating a good pattern and materials? Many thanks! I'm SO excited about this baby!
What a lovely idea. Our son received a handsewn bear when he was born and we know it will be a good friend to him for many years.
How you go about making your bear will partly depend on how skilled a sewer you are. If you're looking for something very easy that you can do in a few hours you might want to check out Sock and Glove which includes instructions for transforming socks and gloves into a bear, dog, cat, monkey, elephant, panda and fish. Use one of your own (clean) orphaned socks or gloves or find one with a cool pattern or great color at a thrift shop or garage sale.
How about making a bear from an old sweater? Perhaps one with a stain or moth holes. You could try one of these sweater bear pattern books which includes patterns to cut out and instructions. They're available for $10 from Etsy seller Danger Crafts (who also sells kits and completed sweater bears).
We'd also recommend taking a look at the website Softie Making which is a great resource for tutorials and guidance on all things softie.
Good luck and have fun!
Readers, can you point The Diving Belle toward any good bear tutorials or resources?