Thursday, June 23, 2011

Teddy Bear Love…y

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!
button teddy bear lovey    
  Pattern is hosted on Craftsy, and the link is an affiliate link.  Pattern is free.

Okay, for this fun little, just-slightly-painful project, you’ll need:

-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.IMG_2727
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.

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Meg said...

I can't wait to try this out. It looks so cute.

Beth Lemon said...

Dude, you are totally pregnant. I hope it's a girl this time.

Laura @ ON{thelaundry}LINE said...

Very cute! And if it makes you feel better, I spell lovie that way too. I think of lovey as in lovey-dovey and lovie and in something a baby wrestles with while making delighted noises and/or falling asleep.

I should write dictionaries.

Brittany Evans said...

I absolutely love this and want to make this for my 5 mo old but I cannot get the PDF docs to load up. Can you email them to me at I would be so so happy. :)

Bridgit said...

If you cut out a piece of cereal bag of the same shape and layer it so that it will be on the inside, then you'll have a crinkle toy... almost as much fun for a baby as paper!

Cricket said...

Not to be a killjoy, but if you pinned the ribbons and then basted them to one piece, then you could remove all the pins before you sew him together. But then again, I'm one of those people who can't be bothered to prick herself a zillion times for her kids. I'll never get mother of the year. Damn. Is that a biblical swear?

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

So adorable, Sabra! I love how soft it is!

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

and I love how entertaining your posts are:). Drunk slugs, biblical swearing...

Mindie Hilton said...

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Sew Much Ado said...

Haha, you're hilarious. It's your pattern, so whichever way you spell lovey is correct, if you ask me! Very cute :).

ladyljp said...

After you pinned all the ribbons on the first piece of material, you could have basted around the bear, removed the pins then and then continued on. Not so much blood that way. :~))) Love the pattern thanks!

Yosefa said...

That is so cute! I should make more stuff for baby gifts with ribbon taggies.

I just finished a bunch of aprons, some from recycled jeans. I hope you'll stop by!

shannon said...

how cute! so much better than the boring square ones :) thanks for sharing.

to avoid all the pin pricks- use safety pins...

Jenny said...

so cute. (I save all those Gap ribbons too!)

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