After our recent visit from our family, we wanted to make something for our nieces and nephews for Christmas. Our original intent was to make teddy bears for our nieces with some of the leftover fabric from other projects. We didn’t quite get to that, but we still liked the idea. So Alberto suggested that we make ornaments for them. That way, they will always have them at Christmas.
Here’s what we used to make the ornaments:
- Small wooden letters (available at your local craft store)
- Leftover batting
- Teddy bear pattern (We looked for basic Teddy Bear shapes on the internet, and adjusted the figure to the size that we needed.)
This is what we used to put it together:
- Sewing machine
- Spray paint
- Letter opener for help with turning the bear inside out (You can also use a pencil or chop stick)
- Needle and thread
Let’s make the ornaments!
- Start by taking the letters that will be sewn to the bears, and spray paint them. As always, I like doing this first so that the paint will be dry when I’m ready to use them.
- Next, start on the bears. Place the fabric face down on the table.
- Place the pattern on top of the fabric and trace it onto the fabric with a pen (or pencil or chalk)
- Fold (or place) an additional piece of fabric face up under the traced pattern. The right side of the fabric should be facing each other. I just folded the fabric over because it was easier than cutting a new piece and lining it up.
- Pin the two pieces together (outside and inside the trace).
- Cut a 3-inch piece of ribbon and fold it in half.
- Place the loop between the two pieces of fabric at the head of the bear leaving a 1/4-inch of each end of the ribbon sticking out. Pin the ribbon in place.
- Sew the two pieces of fabric together tracing the outline with the needle leaving space open at the bottom to turn the fabric inside out.
- Go back around the outside of the pattern using a zig zag stitch to reduce the amount of fraying.
- Cut out the pattern around the outside of the zig zag stitch and place cuts in toward the neck and between the arms and legs to allow the fabric to stretch when turned inside out. Be sure that you don’t cut the pattern or you’ll have a hole in the finished product.
- Turn the bear inside out. Use the letter opener to fully extend the ears, arms and legs.
- Now, take the batting in small pieces and begin stuffing the bear. Start by stuffing the head first, then the other extremities, and finish with the body. Mainly, I used my fingers, but sometimes I also used the letter opener.
- Once you’ve stuffed the bear to your liking, sew the bottom of the bear closed using a whip stitch.
We’re almost done, so it’s that time. I tried to persuade Alberto to make more of the Rum Caramels, but we ran out of the Godiva. Oh well. Pinot Noir is a nice substitute.
And now for the rest of the story!
- Take one of the letters and place it on the belly of the bear.
- Using a needle and thread, sew the letters onto the bear. I sewed the letters in each of the four corners to secure them in place. You could also sew the year on the back if you wanted.
Now hang your ornament on the tree, or give them away as guest gifts. Everyone loves a teddy bear!