I had a sentimental sweater from a beloved family member that always seemed to say “teddy bear,” so I decided to give it a go! I have a hand-me-down pattern that was a perfect fit for the sweater front and back (McCall’s Crafts 703), but otherwise I probably would have sketched my own. The eyes only required a bit of embroidery on two of the knit-in designs. Then, since the McCall’s pattern was faceless, I used Claire’s cute (and FREE!) softie pattern on Craft Schmaft to figure out the snout. After stitching and stuffing, the squeezable, huggable Teddy is in the arms of a sweet little one. Plus, I still have the sleeves and a few smaller remnants left for new projects . . . we’ll see what those bits say! ♥
Oh so cute
Thank you, Barb! 🙂
Omg teddy bear is ADORABLE!!
Thank you, Lisa! I know you love stuffed animals! 🙂
You can never go wrong with Teddies!!! A totally sweet way to preserve a special garment!!! Hugs…….
Thank you! I’ll definitely do this again with old favorite sweaters! 🙂
This is one of my all time favorite ideas for re-purposing a sweater. Absolutely adorable!!!!
Nicely done, you!
Thank you, Alys! I was a little nervous about cutting into that beautiful sweater, but I’m glad I did! 🙂
I can relate, but I’m so glad you did. You’ve given that sentimental sweater a wonderful new life.
That teddy is sweet!
Thank you, Laura! 🙂
That is just fabulous – I love it.
Thank you, Alison! 🙂
how adorable. 😉
Thank you, Geraldine! 🙂
Very nice! What kind of stitch and /or seam finishing do you use? I’ve often admired your sweater creations, but just now started thinking about how things might want to start unraveling. See you SOON! Love – yr sis
I just use a regular straight stitch on the sewing machine, and so far I haven’t had any problems! 🙂 Can’t WAIT to see you next week!!! xo
I love it, so cute 🙂
Thank you, Izabel! 🙂
So cute, I love it, especially that the eyes work in with the knit! Thanks for the link love 🙂
Thank you, Claire! And thank you again for “coaching” me through the snout creation . . . and I look forward to using your bear pattern, too! 🙂
What an utterly adorable idea. I absolutely love this.
Thank you! And I LOVE your blog . . . as you probably noticed! 🙂
Unique, special, and cute. Blessings, Mtetar
Thank you, Mtetar! 🙂
this is adorable and a great way to remember someone!
Thank you, Christina! 🙂
Great way to hold on to a sentimental sweater.
Thank you, Rachel! 🙂
You are so wonderful in everything you make…I love how you like to make the best use of the leftovers …the sleeve bits too….ah I feel so good to know there is somebody out there who hates to throw away her torn bits ;)) I don’t feel lonely anymore 🙂 btw that teddy is so adorable !
Awww . . . thank you! 🙂
I forgot to mention, teddy’s embroidered eyes are so perfect !
Isn’t it fun how the sweater’s design worked perfectly for those eyes??? 🙂
I wish I had a sweater that screamed “Teddy Bear”! I love how your bear turned out! Oh so adorable!
It IS fun when our fabric speaks to us! 🙂 Thank you!!! 🙂
Thanks for putting a smile on my face – adorable!
Well, I love making you smile! 🙂
You are amazingly talented!!!
What a sweet thing to say . . . thank you, Erin! 🙂
Wow! He turned out so adorably well!! What an idea! I liked your pullover pillow idea but this is even better. Me who makes toys mainly, never thought of this!!! Your webpage always sends me off with thoughts and ideas that make me smile! Look out local op shop, here I come again!! 🙂
Well, that makes ME grin all over! I can’t wait to see what you make, Sharon!!! 🙂
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Oh you are so clever! I am inspired. I have little cardigans and jumpers that I knitted for my kids when they were little……..what a great idea and a beautiful keepsake. I wish I’d thought of it before I got rid of all the other hand knitteds! And it killed me to part with them, too.
just the cutest cuddly Teddy…I love it!
Thank you, dear Marilyn! 🙂
This is lovely! I am a sentimental soul and I just love the idea of recreating something special, unused and perhaps folded up in a box.. into something that will live on in a different form and continue to build memories! Priceless
Thank you, Danielle! This teddy bear actually created a connection between a baby boy and his great-grandmother . . . I hope to keep making more things like this!
This teddy bear is so adorable!
Thank you, Sheila! 🙂
I love it! Can I have it, pretty please? 🙂
If you have a favorite old sweater, you can send it to me and I’ll make you a bear! (I owe you a present anyway after winning one of your giveaways!) Shoot me an email if you decide to go for it! 🙂
Really really? And you don’t owe me anything 🙂 let me see if I can find a sweater!
Yes, really! It’ll be fun! 🙂
Your sweater teddy is adorable!!!!
Thank you, Kim! 🙂
Delightful! Do you accept commissions?
Thank you! So far I’m just sewing and crafting for family/friend gifts, but I hope to have a little business someday. It’s so sweet of you to ask! 🙂
oh! he’s adorable, love teddy bears too 🙂
Thank you, Ingrid! We never outgrow teddy bears, do we? 🙂
Thank you! It was really fun to make! 🙂
Aww … what a cutie pie! x
Thank you, Natalie! 🙂
The sweater pattern fitted perfectly for your Little Ted !
That face is too cute 🙂
Thank you, Ms. Poppy! 🙂
Katherine! that is so awesome!!! He looks great 🙂
Thank you, Pam! 🙂
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Great refashion idea! Your teddy is so cute! Nicely done! 🙂
Thank you, Jen! I love your sweater Christmas stocking, too! 🙂
What an incredibly cute little guy. Love the pattern! You should sell them 😀
How sweet . . . thank you! When I decide to start making things to sell, these will definitely be at the top of the list! 🙂
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An adorable idea, Thanks for sharing
I’m glad you like it . . . thank you so much! 🙂
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