Crevette (6 years 1 month) is really keen on ‘making things’. A couple of weeks ago, he decided to do some sewing. He had a few ambitious projects in mind and eventually settled on making a teddy bear. I told him we would get started on Saturday but I was dreading it to be honest, and hoping he would forget about it all. He did not. He was so excited he started counting down the days, so we had a look for free patterns on Pinterest towards the end of last week.
Before I go into details, let me tell you that I am an absolute novice at machine sewing. I had never been near a sewing machine until I attended a beginner’s course a couple of years ago. I honestly thought they worked by pressing a pedal repeatedly. Hubby bought me the machine I wanted just before Jumpy was born. It took me ages to take it out of the box, as I was kind of scared of it. Scared of not remembering what to do, scared I had chosen a model that was way too complicated for me, scared to break it, scared to start getting on with it…
When I did take it out, it took me forever to thread it, and it did not seem as easy to sew a straight line as it had been during the sewing class. I decided everything I would ever sew would have to be red as it was the colour thread I had put in the machine (yes, really!), and there was no way I could ever thread it again. I might break the whole thing. I was just hoping the spool and bobbin would never need changing. I did change them eventually!
All I seemed to master was straight lines, though. As you can imagine, the prospect of making a teddy was not appealing. I warned Crevette that we would try our best. I also told him not to be too disappointed as it might take us more than one attempt.
‘Warren the Charity Bear’ seemed perfect! The free pattern was available on ‘shiny happy world’. Wendi designs everything with beginners in mind and her website is full of photos of finished bears so you can decide exactly what you want yours to look like. She also has links to video tutorials, but her explanations were so clear even novices like us did not need them. I would highly recommend visiting her blog if you are a creative person. She is a very talented lady indeed!
We started by choosing our fabric. We went for two of Jumpy’s old stained tops. They were a tad small, but they would do. We printed the pattern, pinned it to the fabric and I helped Crevette cut around the bear shape. We then added the eyes Crevette had chosen from my button collection and I embroidered the mouth before we got the machine out.
We set the machine to the slowest mode possible and got to work on the belly. We did quite well. We then sewed the front and back of our bear together, leaving an opening to turn the fabric around and add stuffing. Both Crevette and Beanie used the sewing machine. I only helped with tricky angles.
Crevette’s teddy bear is in no way perfect, but that is what makes it so unique! We made it in approximately an hour and my little man loves it!
Here is a quick reminder of what to do: