Thursday, November 08, 2012

More Square Bears

Square Bears
Cat and Bunny
Project 49 and 50 of 365

The green fabric used for the cat's body is from a valance I had in my living room windows in my old house. See? Why throw fabric away when it can be used again? The other remnants used probably came from the bags of old quilting pieces that I bought at a garage sale. I accessorized the two square bears with scraps of ribbon and vintage buttons. Ya know. Old stuff.

Each square bear has a sewn and stuffed heart inside. Awwww.

The other square bears I made, a dog and a panda bear, are here.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Square Bears

Square Bears
Dog, Panda Bear and Heart
Project 47 and 48 of 365

The girls missed a birthday party their friend was having at Build-a-Bear in the mall last weekend, so I thought a fun project could be to build our own! I looked up some easy ideas on Pinterest and found some stuffies called Square Bears. Cute and easy! A great way to recycle those ribbon strands, fabric scraps and left over buttons. 

The dog is all new fabric that I've had in my bin for a long while. The plaid ribbon was on a Christmas present last year and I removed the wire, ironed it and stitched it into place. I recycled my dog's old collar tag from our previous address and flipped it over to write "Jack" on the backside, now front.

The panda bear has flower-shaped turquoise buttons that I cut off a ratty pair of kids pants, the ribbon is a sample from my design days at JanSport, Inc., and the fabric pieces are left over quilting scraps that I bought at a garage sale.

I really enjoy that so much history is incorporated into our projects. That dog collar is going to be very sentimental one of these days.

The girls stuffed their animals with pillow bunting from random throw pillows and added celestial hearts that I stitched together for added measure.

Two more square bears are in the works...a green cat and a rusty red rabbit.

Check out these sites for other ideas: