Guess what?! I have a real post for you today. Like one with not only something sewing-related, but has, are you ready for this, a tutorial and pattern! I know!
-The PDF pattern pieces (three total)
please note: I spelled “lovey” with an “ie” on the pattern. My Sharpie doesn’t have spell check and I don’t feel like redoing the pattern and scans to fix it. But if you knew me and my unique spelling, uh, abilities, you’d find the error endearing. Let’s just go with that, please.
-Two 1/2 yards of material of your choice.
I went with a snuggle bump and a furry fleece. But I tend to ride the wild side, so…
-A whole ton of various ribbons and trims in coordinating colors
-More pins than you’d ever thought you’d see in your lifetime
After downloading, printing, cutting out and piecing the pattern, cut out two teddy bears on the fold, one from each 1/2 yard of material.
Gather your ribbons and trims
And cut a whole slew of five-inch lengths
Fold the ribbons in half, then pin to the edges of one of the bear’s right side of the fabric. You want about two inches of the folded edges of the ribbons pointing in towards the center of the bear.
See, like this
Now take the other bear piece and match all edges, right sides facing. Pin in place. You want to pin really well because the shape is odd (but oh, so cute!) and things shift a lot when sewing. Pin pin pin. Then pin some more!
Sew all along the edge of the bear, leaving a five-inch gap at the, well, crotch. I used 5/8 inch seams.
Trim the excess seam allowance
Cut in all corners
And snip all curves.
Okay, this is the painful part. You have to turn the thing. And there are a heckalotta pins in there. If you’re like me, you’re already cursing and bleeding from all the pins that caught your skin as you were sewing the thing a few steps back. This part is worse. Honesty is the best policy. Anyway, you have to turn the thing through the gap. Beware the pins. Feel free to swear, but only the Biblical swears. There may be children around. And then it’s more like a theology lesson than a sin, right?
After turning, remove all pins EXCEPT for the pins holding the unsewn ribbons in the gap. Pin that gap closed, capturing the ribbons
And topstitch all the way around, closing the gap, securing all ribbons, and finishing the project. I used the sewn in ribbons to pull out the shape of the bear completely as I was topstitching.
Double check for pins.
Apply bandages to all necessary fingertips and give the pinless bear to a really cute kid you have access to. This is Charlie. My sweet friend let me borrow him for a few minutes, but he only had eyes for her. Still, I’d like to think he’s grinning, in part, because of the amazing Teddy Bear Lovey draped across his body.
I’d say that face is worth a few dozen pinpricks.
I never remember to measure things while they are still in my possession, but going off the pattern pieces, the finished lovey is about 20”*20” at longest and widest points. Just right for snuggling with and drooling on.