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Thread: memorial teddy bears

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    Saw this article in the paper -

    People are making teddy bears out of their loved one's garments for a sentimental keepsake. Seems like a nice way to remember someone.

    "A couple that run a Forest Lake funeral home now offer workshops where grieving families turn a deceased person's clothing into a cuddly bear."

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, LocalB, Thursday 7-9-2009, page 1B

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    I think that's a rather lovely idea - anything that helps with the grieving process is a good thing.

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    hmmmm .... doesn't somebody here make teddy bears? wouldn't that be a fabulous tutorial?

    does anybody have links to teddy bear patterns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    hmmmm .... doesn't somebody here make teddy bears? wouldn't that be a fabulous tutorial?

    does anybody have links to teddy bear patterns?
    Here's a link Patrice, but they are fur fabric bears, though I suppose they could be made with cotton.

    http://teddiesbylauralynn.com/free-p...patterns.html.

    Sorry, edited because I left out a hyphen.

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    Well, when you use the link, it says it's broken, but I can't see what I've done wrong. So sorry, perhaps I shouldn't have tried.

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    Ah, I've got it now....
    http://teddiesbylauralynn.com
    Then click on Patterns then Free Patterns

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    Oh what cute patterns. Here is the link Lesley, you just had an extra period at the end :)

    http://teddiesbylauralynn.com/free-p.../patterns.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb M
    Oh what cute patterns. Here is the link Lesley, you just had an extra period at the end :)

    http://teddiesbylauralynn.com/free-p.../patterns.html
    Oh, thank you - you can see that I am not exactly computer savy - it is so automatic to finish something with a period, I forget to leave it off!

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    My Mom had a fur cape and some time after she passed, I had the cape made into teddy bears. The fur wasn't anything fancy, probably muskrat! There was enough fur for a bear for each of my three children and one for me, too. I was pleased with mine but my kids said told me that it would be okay if I kept their bear for them. Regardless, I thought it was a good idea!

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    My mom passed two years ago and someone my SIL knew made the bears. It is on of my most prized possessions. She did a great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan
    My Mom had a fur cape and some time after she passed, I had the cape made into teddy bears. The fur wasn't anything fancy, probably muskrat! There was enough fur for a bear for each of my three children and one for me, too. I was pleased with mine but my kids said told me that it would be okay if I kept their bear for them. Regardless, I thought it was a good idea!
    I think you did the right thing Joan, perhaps there will come a time when your kids will appreciate the gesture. I hope so.

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    I have made many teddy bears, gave them all away to family or charity sales. I have used all different types of fur, even sheep fleece like stuff. I called them Bear in Sheep's Clothing. :wink:

    I only have one left right now because he needs his head and ears sewn on. I made so many of them that I had templates of the pattern pieces cut out of plexiglass. I still have them. It was a purchased pattern and I made patterns for clothes, overalls for the boys and a dress for the girls.

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    A gal at work had a memory bear made from her Dad's shirt. Here is the site she used:
    http://memorybearsinc.com/index2.php

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    I always wanted to learn to make them

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    Oh my, those are adoreable. Thank you for the link.

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