Geronimo!

I made my very first fur bear earlier this year. I had a kit that I got from the local teddy bear craft store… I would start off well, then get a bit discouraged, then have another crack a few months later. I really wanted to have him finished for the local Arts & Crafts Show, so I pushed on! I got there in the end!

Introducing… Geronimo. He was inspired by Matt Smith in Doctor Who. I made all his clothes, including the bow tie and fez, and I even made him a sonic screwdriver πŸ™‚

  • Fez – Tally’s Treasury has a tutorial on how to make a fez. I just scaled it down for my bear.
  • Bow Tie – The Littlest Studio has a tutorial on how to make a bow tie. Again, I just scaled it down.
  • Trousers – Shwin & Shwin has a pattern for some baby pants that I used as inspiration. I pretty much sat Geronimo on some paper and traced around his legs and used that.
  • Shirt – Nina Caporale has a tutorial on how to make a shirt for a bear, and I just added sleeves to it and used snaps for buttons.
  • Braces – I just used some scraps of fabric to make a tube then ironed it flat and used snaps to hold them in place.
  • Jacket – Lion Brand have a set you can knit, so just used this pattern πŸ™‚ I did lengthen the sleeves and I added some elbow pads too.
  • Sonic Screwdriver – I used scraps of white, gold/light brown, green and black and sewed it all up and added some elastic so he could hold it properly.

I’m very pleased to say that Geronimo won Champion Bear at the Arts & Crafts Show πŸ™‚

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Exterminate!!!

I’ve been wanting to make a tea cosy for my small (2 cup) tea pot for a while now, so I thought I might try a Dalek to go with my T.A.R.D.I.S tea cosy πŸ™‚

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I also tried crocheting my icord. Here’s some good instructions if you’d like to give it a go πŸ™‚ How to Crochet an I-Cord

I’ve written out a pattern if you’d like to make one too πŸ™‚

Pattern –> Dalek Tea Cosy

P.S. Just a note that all my patterns are for personal use only. Please don’t copy them and sell them or anything like that πŸ™‚

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Trauma Teddies

Wow! I didn’t realise it has been so long since I have posted anything here. I keep meaning to, then other things pop up.

My son broke his arm last week, and when he was in the ambulance the paramedics gave him a knitted bear. This bear stayed with him throughout his x-rays, surgery, recovery and everything. It provided so much comfort for him.

I really wanted to replace the bear that was given to him, so another child could receive the same comfort during their sickness/injury. I started at one and today I am going to make a start on number four πŸ™‚

Below are some of my notes and links for future reference πŸ™‚

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Trauma Teddy PatternΒ – External Link, the main difference I did was to knit the bear in one piece instead of two pieces… so when I got to the top of the head, I worked back down the head down to the feet and cast off there.

I also made a different arm because I wanted it to look more like a shirt. So I didn’t do the increases for the arms, instead, after I cast off I picked up 9 sts from the front and 9 sts from the back of the shirt. Here is a good video on how to do this. Then you knit as normal. The arm is 18 sts and you workΒ 34 rows and then cast off.

And then I used this method for stitching them up πŸ™‚

Happy Knitting πŸ™‚

 

2014 Projects

In 2014 I tried to do a bit more sewing, as well as crochet and knitting. Here are a few of my projects throughout the year πŸ™‚

2014 ProjectsLeft-Right: Larry & Bob, Peppa Pig, Harry Potter Bookscarf

Loader & Digger Cushions (my design), Bunny New Born Set (with carrot), Hello Kitty Shoes, Fireman Sam

Another Peppa Pig, Giggleosaurus Hat (my design), Hungry Catarpillar Baby Blanket (my design), Ron Weasley Hat

Mobile Phone Cosy, Crochet Hook Bag (my design), Owl Tote, Toothless

And some more…

2014 Projects

Left-Right: Aussie Animal Christmas Bunting, Thomas & Percy Baubles (my design), Calico Messenger Bag, Patch Messenger Bag

Toothless Messenger Bag, T.A.R.D.I.S. Tea Cosy (my design)

T.A.R.D.I.S. Tea Cosy

We started watching Doctor Who this season (season 8) and really love it! I thought it would be so cool to make a T.A.R.D.I.S. tea cosy! I looked around for patterns, but couldn’t find anything that I liked the whole look of, so I decided to make my own.

My first attempt was a little baggy…

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So, I made a few changes…

T.A.R.D.I.S. Tea Cosy Mk II

I’m really chuffed with how the second one turned out πŸ™‚

I’ve written out a pattern if you’d like to make one too πŸ™‚

Pattern –> TARDIS Tea Cosy

P.S. Just a note that all my patterns are for personal use only. Please don’t copy them and sell them or anything like that πŸ™‚