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ScrapHappy August

August 14, 2019

I’d run out of scrappy ideas

until a comment Kate left on my blog

about a small sample of shibori dyed wool felt

the felt squares that are available are approx. 8″ x 12″ or 20cm. x 30cm.

 they shrink a little when dyed so not really big enough to make anything

and there were a couple more in the stash

then a bright idea hit – folded in half there was just enough to make a small teddy bear

I drew a pattern to fit

added button eyes and a bit of undyed felt for the snout

buttonhole stitched around and stuffed them with leftover bits of batting

and then there were three

the scraps were big enough for “accessories”

the bits that are left might appear again on something else

the colours are all natural dyes – indigo, marigold and cochineal/lac

for the shibori the felt is wrapped around a PVC plumbing pipe, tied tightly and squished up tightly

the wool fabric shrinks and creates a three dimensional texture

unfortunately when the bear was stuffed the texture almost disappeared

now I need to find a Goldilocks

to see other happy scrappers

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2019 10:28 am

    love those.


    • August 16, 2019 10:51 am

      Dawn – thank you – scrap happy takes me in directions I wouldn’t normally think of.


      • August 16, 2019 10:52 am

        yes, I find I’m trying extra ways to use up my offcuts and broken bits people give me too. It’s a total joy.


      • August 16, 2019 12:31 pm

        Dawn – yes 🙂 when my 18 year old granddaughter told me she didn’t see much hope for the world I told her as individuals we have to be the hope. It shatters me to think of the world we are leaving to the next generations.

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      • August 17, 2019 12:30 am

        We all have to play our part, don’t we.


      • August 17, 2019 8:24 am

        Dawn – every little bit helps.


  2. claire93 permalink
    August 16, 2019 6:17 am

    such cute little bears!


  3. dezertsuz permalink
    August 15, 2019 8:52 pm

    Those are the cutest little bears ever! They sound perfectly squishy, too. Thanks for sharing this idea.


  4. August 15, 2019 8:58 am

    I love that their accessories are individualized!


    • August 15, 2019 9:09 am

      Gwen – I was trying to give them personalities and a story.

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      • August 15, 2019 10:03 am

        Yes, what I meant to express that it was noticeable. I think a lot of people (myself included) would be content to turn out multiples, and wouldn’t even think to individualize them. 🙂


      • August 15, 2019 11:38 am

        Gwen – thank you for noticing, it was fun to use the scraps. The flower has given me an idea of how to use more small bits.


  5. August 15, 2019 4:12 am

    These are adorable! The Scrap Happy challenge is bringing out all kinds of new creativity in you!


    • August 15, 2019 8:01 am

      Kerry – I like making the shibori felt, just never knew what to do with it – there may be more bears in the future.


  6. August 14, 2019 7:41 pm

    These bears are gorgeous! I think they must feel super-soft and textural as well as looking wonderful. I hope you have a small person or two in mind to receive them 🙂 Great use of scraps, too.


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