Monday, February 18, 2013

Two Special Bears

This is the story of two very special bears. They were born the day my Twitter friend, Linda, asked if I could make teddy bears from an old bathrobe. I'd been making bears for years with recycled clothing so I said, "Sure, I can do that!" Then she told me what she wanted to do.

Linda and her sister lost their father about a year ago. I remember how we had talked on Twitter about the loss of a parent and our group of friends gathered around to encourage and uplift her.

Linda told me that she had her father's favorite robe with his initials on it and she wondered if I could use it to sew two teddy bears, one for her and one for her sister, and put one initial "L" on each bear. She even emailed me a photo of her father so the blue eyes of the bears would match his. I told her I would be honored to do a project like that. 

I decided to complete the construction of both bears before trimming the initials close and turning the edges under to sew them on. I saved the faces for last, as I always do, and added ribbons around the neck matching the color of the initials. 

When Linda received the completed teddy bears she tweeted me and said, "All I can say are just beautiful bears!" She also said her mother was "blown away". I do love a happy customer!

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  1. What a beautiful way to remember a loved one.I, too, would have been honored to create these very special bears, I know I enjoyed watching their progress while you made them, Donna.You did yourself proud! Love, tricia.

  2. How wonderful!! Love this and thanks so much for sharing this special story!

  3. What an amazing honor to be able to create these for Linda and her sister! I love her idea of making the bears out of their dad's bathrobe. I came across your blog via Linked In. :)