Cashmere Sweater Teddy Bear
Brooke Serson transforms a cashmere sweater into a huggable teddy bear.
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Brooke Serson recycles cashmere sweaters into huggable bears.
Materials and Tools:
hand sewing needle
5/8" and 1" ribbons
paper bear pattern
1. Start with a clean, dry cashmere sweater. Working on a flat surface, lay out the sweater. Cut off the ribbing around the waist. Cut off the sleeves at the seams. Set sleeves aside for a future project.
2. Check to see that the pattern pieces will fit in the workable sweater area. Resize pattern on a scanner or copy machine as necessary.
3. Lay out the teddy bear pattern pieces on the sweater.
5. Machine-sew a dart in each front side. Pin the front sides right sides together down the center and machine sew together with a straight stitch. Zigzag stitch to secure.
6. Sew gussets in each back piece. Pin the back sides right sides together down the center and machine sew them together with a straight stitch, leaving approximately a 3-inch open in the center for stuffing later. Zigzag stitch to secure.
7. Pin the front and back together, with right sides facing in. Sew all around the bear with approximately 1/2-inch seam allowance. Follow up with a zigzag stitch.
10. Lightly stuff the face to see the best placement for the bear's features. Stitch the nose with a satin stitch and the mouth with a running stitch with a double strand of coordinating embroidery floss.
11. Pin the buttons in place for eyes. Stitch with a double strand of embroidery floss.
Michelle Lucey attaches her handmade ceramic buckle to her stitched patchwork belt.