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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Teddy Bears Picnic

I have always loved teddy bears and for many years I designed them, made them and taught others to make them too.  I thought I'd devote a few Thursdays to celebrating them here on my blog and that's why I'm having a

A Free Pattern

This weeks free pattern is for Sam  Please click here to view and download his pattern. Click here for the instructions. I chose Sam because he is very easy to make and can be made out of any fabric as long as it has a little bit of 'give' or stretch.  If you make him out of a tightly woven fabric he will be very skinny. He was originally designed for  'Handmade' Volume 18 number four .  You can reduce the pattern size if you wish.  Many students did and he has been made as small as 4" high.
Share a Teddy Bear

 Do you have a teddy bear you'd like to share with us?  Please do.  It can be handmade, a gift or a purchase or op shop find. Just add your name to Mr Linky and we'll know where to find you and your bear.  If your bear has a story please tell it to us too.  By the way, other softies are welcome as well.
If you share you'll receive an entry in a small giveaway I've organised.  Leave a comment and go into the draw.  Do both and you will get two entries. Pop back for next week's Teddy's Bears picnic to see who is the winner. 

Teddy Bear( and other softie)  Bloggers

Liz Stanway
Liz is one of my all time favourite quilt designers.  I've made quite a few of her projects and have a couple more waiting to be started.  Everything she designs is charming and her blog, Teddlywinks is wonderful.  Not only does it give an insight into her life, she shares sewing tips and has 2 gorgeous free patterns on offer. 

 Carolyn Green
I met Carolyn here in our little part of the blogging world.  She makes one of a kind handmade teddybears and some are for sale including this adorable grandma bear.  Her blog, Draffin Bears Little Bear Studio is so beautiful and always an interesting read.

Toni from Red Boots
This weeks softie maker is Toni.  Everything on her blog is joyful, colourful and full of good cheer.  She is currently auctioning the most adorable teddy quilt to raise funds for the Queensland Flood Relief appeal.  You can read about it HERE

Please Consider Helping

If you are an animal lover please consider supporting the Free The Bears Fund.  I do and it makes me feel good to know that I am helping to give the bears in various sanctuaries around the world a safe, peaceful and happy existence.
Next week's Teddy Bears Picnic will have a pattern for Sam's cute little Jacket. You can make it in any size and it would look good on any bear, dolly or softie you want to keep warm and cozy.


  1. Hi Melody , I just had to join in on the picnic , I love teddy bears and I love picnics .Thank you so much for the pattern for Sam , he is adorable and I hope to make him real soon ,I know for sure that Elise will love him .

  2. What a great idea. It's so nice of you to share Sam's pattern, he's very cute!!

  3. Fantastic post Melody, as you know I am a Teddy Lover from way back, and look forward to joining in with Teddy Bears picnic L.O.L

  4. Such a beary nice post Melody! I do love bears. Sam is very sweet and I like his friend too.

  5. Hi Melody, thanks so much for sharing the pattern for Sam, he is gorgeous, I love bears with that shape face. Thanks also for mentioning my blog, I really appreciate it. toni xxx

  6. hi Mel, I have put a photo on the village quilters blog.YEAH. Thank heavens for youngest son.

  7. Great Idea... I am not able to attend the picnic but it is great fun spying on them all...

  8. Sweet! Sam is just adorable!
    I love Carolyn's blog too. I'll hop over and visit the others.
    Have a fun day!
    xx, shell

  9. Thank you for the wonderful pattern Melody. Hoping to make a start tomorrow. Bit wet for a picnic...but we have been planning for one :-)

  10. Hello my bear has only just been born!
    This is his first tea party!

    Clare x

  11. Thank you for the free pattern - so cute!
    I'm off to look at it now!

  12. Good morning Melody! A Big Thank You for your generosity in sharing this free pattern with us. I love to make for charity causes and this will be one of those patterns that I am sure I will use in this way :0) If you have time to visit my little home in blogland you will see some that are on their way to Queensland right now.
    love and best wishes for a creative 2011
    Val xx Oxfordshire UK

  13. Hi Melody. Thanks for hosting the picnic. Apologies for my late arrival. Hope my computer lets me be on time next week!
    Sam is adorable! Thank you sharing the pattern.

  14. dear melody
    thank you so much for this lovely pattern! This bear named sam is just TOO CUTE! adorable! Thank you for always writing lovely comments on my blog, you are very talented too, you are a master in patchwork and applique and I am very jealous :) I wish sooner or later I could be a good quilter, the problem is that I simply don't have enough patience :) but your works are great!

    hugs federica

  15. Sam is just adorable! Thankyou for sharing it with us!



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