5 Old-Fashioned Handmade Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears. A happy childhood memory for some, a character of nightmares for others. Either way, it’s the old-fashioned handmade Teddy bears that have my attention today.

A few years ago I got it into my head that I needed to learn the skill of bear-making, so I located the nearest Teddy bear supply store and I went shopping for materials. I bought a pattern (or was it three?), some fur, some accessories and all the bit and bobs that I thought needed to be in my bear-making bag (I bought the bag too).

After a few days of happy crafting, I stitched the last stitch and sat back to admire my creation. He was adorable!

Well, I thought he was. Later I learned that you can add character and expression by paying more attention to the nose and mouth. But no matter!

Today I’m sharing with you some of the handmade Teddy bears that I’ve discovered, made or collected by South African artists… Have you ever made a Teddy bear? Or do you collect them? I’d love to hear your story!

x K

Aloysius from Charlie Bears
Charlie Bear Aloysius - www.fred-i-bear.co.za


Bert - www.victoria-harper.co.za


Latte - Hibearnation - www.hibearnation.co.za

Forest Bear

Forest Bears (Knysna, South Africa) - www.forestbears.co.za

And for those who’d like to try bear-making:
Schae-Lee Bear’s step-by-step pattern and
instructions are in Craftwise magazine (issue 109)

Schae-Lee Bear - Craftwise issue 109 - www.tucats.co.za

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