Mamma bearSeptember 26, 2011
Mamma bear was the first softie I made a few years ago when I was a softie making virgin. I didn't now a lot about the best materials to use for softies then and made her from acrylic felt. Over the years, she became very 'bitty'. I also had a bit of a softie making urge this week so here is my new and improved version! The pattern comes from the original Softies book (published by Penguin) which I was given by two of my good friends after Isabella was born. It is such a great book - the best one I've come across so far for making cute softies. I like most of the patterns and have made six of the softies for my girls and for friends.
This Mamma bear is made from a recycled wool jacket (bought from the op shop for $7), which has morphed itself into five soft toys so far, including this donkey and this yellow dressed Poppy doll. Her body is also from an op shop find - leftovers from the lining of this jacket. I love recycling!! Her eyes and nose are suede (no bittiness there!). Her apron is fun to make - even the smallest scrap will do. My girls are fighting over her already....might have to make another one!