Carol’s Zoo “Ewok” Bear

Hahaha!  This teddy bear pattern from Carol Cruise of Carol’s Zoo is actually called “Carol’s Bearrit”.  The luxury fur I chose, however, made it look like a cuddly “Ewok”instead!

I glued the two pattern pieces to a sturdy piece of lightweight cardboard, then cut the pieces out. I knew I would want to make more than one bear, and I did this to extend the life of the pattern. (Quilting template plastic can be used too.) Working from the back of the fur, I traced around the pattern with a sharpie, transferring all of the markings. I also chose to use a hole punch for the circle markings, so I could just color them in on the back of the fabric.

When working with fur, this next step is important. Using sharp embroidery scissors, I made sure to cut the backing and not the fur by sliding the scissor points in, skimming the backing, and then cutting on the outside of the marked line.  After cutting, I gently pulled apart the pieces, keeping the fur intact.

When I pinned the pieces together, I used long quilting pins, about 1/4″ apart, tucking in the fur as I went. I used a 90/14 needle, and a longer 3.0 stitch when sewing the 1/4″ seams.  I kept an aluminum knitting needle beside me to help keep errant fur tucked into the seam while I sewed.  After turning the bear right side out, I stuffed it with high quality plush fiber fill, then hand sewed the back opening with a strong ladder stitch.


Because my hubby helped me get the quilting done so quickly on the Whale Baby Quilt, I was able to get this adorable bear done in time to give it as an added gift to my Daughter-In-Law at her shower.  Yay for team Nona and Papa!

Have a fabulous weekend my friends!


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Still Unfinished: Jake’s Quilt

A while ago I got this great idea to match my son’s bear’s quilt and make a bigger version for my son using the same bright, sassy material that I did when I made this favorite bear a small lap quilt.

Little man!

Ahhh…look how little he was! Well, he’s not so little any more. He’s in first grade and learning to read. He runs races and loves to play air drums. He’s now lost 3 teeth and is pretty darn tall.

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Still silly…

Yea….he’s a ham alright.

He’s been patiently waiting for me to get off my duff and get this quilt finished. In April of 2011, I got the rest of the material needed to finish the project but you know how life is. You promise yourself to finish something and then POOF! You have a million and one things to do that take priority.

Since then my boyfriend and elementary school best friend moved in with us. The addition of his things to our already busy household meant that my sewing machine was unplugged and covered up for storage. I haven’t sat down to quilt in ages.

But last month we decided to take a trip up to our family cabin and spend some time in the simplistic, slow pace of Big Bear . I took up my sewing machine, determined to get some more work done on that damn quilt top.


Low and behold, the machine came out and I got down to sewing.

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But that didn’t last long. As I was settling into my routine and sewing down the quilt top to the batting and the backing, I heard The Guy call to me. He wanted me to join him. Of course, just when I am on a roll!

And then this happened…

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Ok so I can’t complain about being interrupted from my sewing when I get surprised with an engagement! The Guy had been super sneaky and jumpy that morning. Little did I know he was planning to propose to me that weekend. He did a fine job and we’re happily trudging through the beginning steps of the planning a wedding for June.

This also means that the quilt has gone back into storage to be finished another time. Maybe when we have more space or when I have a craft room all to myself I’ll be able to pull my machine back out to finish this darn thing. Or maybe when I’m so stressed out over invitations and seating charts for the Big Day, I’ll just whip out the machine and sew away my frustrations.

But I plan to finish this quilt in 2013. My son deserves it and I want him to have it before it’s too cool to have a quilt that matches one his teddy bear has.

Bear's Quilt

Bear’s Quilt