September 19, 2016

Fiona's Bear

Over a year ago, my friends daughter had asked if I would make her Grandma's favorite t-shirt into a teddy bear. The shirt is faded, snuggly, and well worn. Just a perfect reminder of this little girls Grammy. 

How could I resist? She was so cute when she asked! 

To stabilize the t-shirt and provide more structure I used Pellon 906F fusible interfacing on the back side before cutting the pieces. At first I had trouble getting it to stick and eventually used steam even though the directions says to use dry heat. It was was only way I could get interfacing to stick. Once attached I had no issues when sewing. Then I pulled an cozy pair of corduroy pants for a contrast color. 

The pattern is How Joyful Bear from the How Joyful blog. She provides detailed picture directions and free pattern pieces to assemble the bear. This is my second time using the pattern and it was very well laid out. 

The eyes are black buttons I had on hand. Black floss was used to stitch X details on the corners. Then, red gingham ribbon tied around the neck. The red really pops against the blue and green of the bear.

Now it's time to get this bear boxed up and shipped out. One little girl has waited long enough! 


  1. This is really adorable, Chelsea! I am sure that it is going to be well loved. <3

  2. It turned out great! That's one lucky girl to get such a snuggly reminder. I love the corduroy you matched it with. :)

  3. That is such a wonderful idea for a special keepsake. She's going to love it.

  4. Ice-cream and teddy bears all in one package. Could it get any better? Nope!

  5. Bless your heart Chelsea! What a wonderful, thoughtful, lovable gift to give your little friend. You did a beautiful job!

  6. I'm so not a stuffie sewer, so I applaud your work here -- especially since you worked with a single knit! This pattern is a great way to use clothing that has special meaning, and I'm sure this teddy will be well loved!