Monday, March 26, 2012

Meet Teddy

The past two weeks, my days have been full to overflowing! Up early in the morning at 5:30 (most days anyway!) and go, go, go all day . . . planting in the garden, cleaning, sewing, outdoor work, sewing, caring for animals, baking bread, sewing, and more. In addition to the wonderful and regular spring busyness, sewing orders have been keeping me very busy (as you can see from the previous sentence. :)

All of this led me to setting up a little sewing area in the living room so that I can get another hour or two of sewing in before bed while still being with the rest of my family. With those extra hours, I have been able to keep up with sewing orders and was able to finish one the other day. This one was a Betsy Doll and a Teddy Bear for a lady's grandchildren. I have never sewn a stuffed animal before, and it was fun to do!


I really like how it turned out and once the sewing orders are all finished, I would like to spend some time sewing more things for my Etsy shop . . . and I think that another "Teddy" will be one of them. :)

26 comments:

  1. Ohhhh, he's adorable! What a wonderfully cuddly friend for a special little grandchild! I imagine these would do very well in your Etsy shop. Sarah, it's just wonderful how busy your hands stay, and how many useful things you find to do with them. I also love the quilt/chair covering that Teddy is sitting on. I don't remember seeing this before...is it something you made as well?

    ~ Betsy

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  2. Same with me! The first sewing project (not counting the pair of shorts I made in high school class years ago) I ever made was a teddy bear! It did not turned out as good as yours because it was my first try and don't have much experience in sewing back then. My Mom absolutely loved her gift which I'm not surprised. I'm impressed that you got it right on your first try. Did you designed that on your own or you followed the pattern from the book? What book? In my experience, I find it hard to make any kind of stuffed animals perfect on the first try because sometimes I disagreed with the order of the instructions but followed it anyways. I changed the order to make it easier if I'm making the same animal again and it turned out better than the first one. It takes practice and figuring out what works best for me to make cute stuffed animals.

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  3. Oh he is so cute! I do hope some more of them make it to your etsy shop! Speaking of your etsy shop, I had intended to get a new dress or two for Kimber's Annie for her birthday...back in October... maybe I should actually do that one of these days...

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  4. What a handsome bear, Sarah! It will surely be a treasured gift for the recipient! The button eyes are darling. How resourceful to create a small sewing space in the living room so you could still spend quality time, which is always precious, with your family.

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  5. Doesn't it feel good to have such productive days!? I love it when I feel that sense of accomplishment. What an adorable Teddy! I think I will be doing some Christmas shopping this year among my new bloggy friends! :) Have a blessed day!

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  6. Sarah...he is adorable!! A perfect friend for the sweet dolls.

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  7. Soooo cute!
    You did a great job(-:

    Kay

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  8. Sarah, The Teddy Bear is so cute. Great Job. God Bless. "Isabella"

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  9. Sarah,

    Your Teddy is so cute! It's hard to believe that you had never sewed one before. Great job! He will be a bestseller in your Etsy shop.

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  10. Your Teddy Bear came out just beautiful!! YOu are so creative! I had a teddy bear when I was a little girl and I called him, "Teppy"~I guess I could not pronounce teddy! I am sure he will make a little children very happy. Did you know that the Teddy bear was named after President Teddy Roosevelt? God bless, Rose

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  11. Wow, it sounds like you've been busy! That little Teddy bear is just adorable!!

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  12. Thank you, Optimistic Existentialist. :)

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  13. Thank you, Betsy, for the encouraging words! No, I didn’t make the covering on the chair . . . that little chair is actually one that my parents gave to me when I was a toddler. It was well used and loved and surprisingly, the covering still is in pretty good shape!

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  14. Thank you for sharing about making your first teddy bear, Leah! I am sure your Mom did love it. Homemade gifts are some of the best.

    I used an old pattern for the bear and then made alterations to it to get the bear to be the way I wanted it to look. Patterns are not always accurate, are they? Like you, sometimes I would try to follow the instructions on certain patterns even though they did not seem right, and that usually resulted in the project not turning out. At least then you knew for the next time what not to do! :)

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  15. Thank you, Becky! And hopefully before too terribly long some of these will be up in my Etsy shop. If you ever do decide to get a new dress or two for Kimber’s Annie, just let me know and I can make some in the colors/prints that you would like!

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  16. Thank you, Elizabeth!

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  17. Thank you, Renee, for your kind words! I really liked how the eyes turned out, too . . . I had never done button eyes on something before, and it was a bit interesting how they are sewn on. It would have helped if I had had the right kind of needle, but at least what I did have worked well enough!

    Yes, time with family is always precious . . . and evenings are some of our favorites together.

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  18. It does indeed, Monica! They can be tiring sometimes, but oh, so satisfying.

    Thank you! And I hope that you have a blessed day as well. :)

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  19. Thank you, Ellen! The dolls and the bear do seem to go well together. And now there is something for both little girls and boys. :)

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  20. Thank you, Isabella!

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  21. Thank you, Lisa, for your encouraging words!

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  22. Thank you for your kind comment, Rose! What a cute name for your little teddy bear. I like that! Yes, I did know that the teddy bear was named for President Roosevelt. It’s fun knowing the origin of the names of things, isn’t it?

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  23. I have been just a bit busy lately, Joy! And thank you. :)

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