Gifts That Tie Generations Together

Furry Friendship Bears

friendship-b02I frequently have people ask about a lower priced fur bear option.  They are just looking for an option that allows each family member to have a little keepsake of the original garment.  So, I’m thinking about adding my “Friendship Bear” option but am very conflicted about it.

I prefer to make the jointed bears from fur because they are a higher quality final product that should last a lifetime if taken care of.  However, they are time consuming and the price I have to charge reflects that.

I created a little pattern for about a 10″ non-jointed bear many years ago.  I call it my “Friendship Bear”.  It is much simpler to make than a jointed bear so I could bring it down to a price point of $65-$75.  However, it doesn’t convey near the quality that my jointed bears do and I don’t want to dilute my brand.  Any thoughts?

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Turning fur Coats into a Wall Sculpture

manoguer-wolf02webI posted this on my Facebook Page when it was first done but this was such an interesting project that it needs to go here as well.  Rita Manogue asked me to make a unique wall hanging from several fur coats she had.  I did quite a bit of research to see what kind of fur wall hangings/blankets etc. are out there.  My first instinct was to look for Native American themed blankets but all of the images I could find on the internet were very basic so I decided to step off the cliff and see if I could make a sculpted wall hanging with a wolf theme.  This is one I’m really proud of.

What to do with a Wedding Dress

wd-conversionsI frequently have people call and ask what I can do for them with their wedding dress.  Although FGC offers several options, they tend to be all over this web site so I created a new sub-page under Heirloom Gifts called “What to do with a Wedding Dress” that gives links to all of the different items through the web site that can be made from wedding dress fabrics/materials.

I am planning to expand our Wedding Dress Conversions services this year to include a selection of purses, some additional Christening accessories and Communion accessories and a couple more Bridal gift options as well so check in every now and then.

Picture Pretty Princess

Emmy1OOOOOHHHH, pictures! Kelly Butcher sent pictures of her daughter in the Christening outfit we created for her from her Mother’s wedding dress.

I absolutely LOVE getting to see the outfits being worn and isn’t this one such a cutie?

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Stuffed Menagerie

BuschN animals01webNancy Busch wanted something a little different from her mink fur coats.  She wanted a Monkey, a Pony and a Dog–so that is what we made!

People often ask about the patterns I use and, with my bears, it is complicated because the patterns are an amalgamation of several patterns that I combined and then, those patterns have morphed over the past 16 years as I adapted them to work with every kind of material thrown my way :)  However, I don’t get to do different animals that often in an average year so I usually use an existing pattern.

BuschN monkey01webThis was the first time I’ve used this monkey pattern.  I normally like to use the monkey pattern from the book Adventures in Toy-Making by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith (published in 1976).  It is a fun pattern and I like the look.  However, there was a pattern in another book I have Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals by Donna Childers (published in 1978) that has had me intrigued for some time so I decided to give it a try.  It is a more difficult pattern, but I do like that the features are more defined.  The face, ears, foot and hand pads are made of doe suede.  It had the right texture to go with this fur.

 

BuschN pony01webThis pony pattern is also found in Sew Soft and Cuddly Animals.  It is my favorite for thicker fabrics or fur usually.  There is another really good pony pattern in the book Easy-to-Make Stuffed Animals & All the Trimmings by Jodie Davis (published in 1992) but the legs are somewhat thin so they don’t work as well with thick fur or fabrics.  For this pony, I chose to add some of my own contrast black mink on the hooves and found some died black fox for the main and tail.  To help him stand, I did sink small dowel rods wrapped in poly fiber fill into each of his legs

 

BuschN dog01webFor the dog, I have a lot of different dog patterns to choose from–including a variety of breeds–however, I keep coming back to McCall’s Crafts Pattern #M6620.  I’ve used this pattern many times and really like it for a basic dog even though it has a couple of different breeds represented.  It isn’t a particularly easy pattern, but the finished dog usually actually looks like a dog :)

Soft and Squishy Non-Jointed Bears Now Available

nj fur andfabric02We now offer soft, squishy, non-jointed Memory Bears!

By popular request, I’ve developed a non-jointed memory bear pattern for those who want a softer and more “squishy” bear to hug.  These happy, huggable bears are intended to bring comfort, joy and good memories.

Our signature bear has jointed arms and legs. Joints allow you to move the arms and legs up and down and allows you to position a bear. They also allow the placement of the legs so that the bear can sit on its own. However, to accomodate the joints, we have to stuff the bears firmly so, although they are cuddly, they aren’t soft and “squishy” cuddly.

By creating a non-jointed bear, we don’t have to stuff it so firmly so we can make a much softer bear. Our non-jointed bear is not only great for hugging, it is going to be a bit more durable for younger children to play with and much more cuddly to crawl into bed with and hug at night. On top of that, we are able to offer it at a lower price than our jointed bears.

We are currently only offering one size. Our 16″ non-jointed fabric bear is $75 each and our fur-based non-jointed bear is $95 each. Shipping is additional.

Click here to find out more about our fabric non-jointed bears or

Click here to find out more about our fur non-jointed bears

Memory bears with outfits

This Christmas Season, we had a number of people ask for outfits on their bears.  As much as possible, we will make whatever you want on your bear that will make that bear special to you and your family.  Clothing, hats, glasses . . . you let us know what you want.

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Grandmother’s Wedding Dress Converted to Gifts

OconnorK gownrobe01webKathleen O’Connor sent her wedding dress from 1956 to have a number of Christmas gifts made, including a unisex christening outfit for her grandchildren and great grand children to use.

Her wedding dress was covered in lace so we tried to really bring out the lace in each project.  We made an ornate, unisex gown using the lovely older satin from the WD and created a lacy robe to go over it.  We also made  bib, diaper cover, kerchief, headband and a petal rose corsage.

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Fur Jacket made into Cats

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Monica Barker sent her late aunt’s fur jacket/cape from the 1960s and asked me to make two cats for her and her mother for Christmas this year.  She specifically wanted Siamese cats, but I could not find a pattern specifically for that breed of cat and the coloring of the fur wasn’t really a good match.  However, I think we ended up with some very pretty cats.

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On FaceBook

Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Merry Beth Grindahl sent her mother's fur coats to have bears made for her and her siblings. We mixed the two furs, making the bulk of the bears from one and accenting them with the other. Merry Beth was kind enough to send some pictures of the bears when she got them, along with a photo of her mother wearing one of the furs.
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Merry Beth Grindahl sent her mothers fur coats to have bears made for her and her siblings.  We mixed the two furs, making the bulk of the bears from one and accenting them with the other.  Merry Beth was kind enough to send some pictures of the bears when she got them, along with a photo of her mother wearing one of the furs.

Carmen Valdes sent her mother-in-law's fur coat to have bears made for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We were able to get five good-size bears from the fur. Dark fur is hard to photograph so this photo really doesn't do them justice. It is funny how, no matter how you try to make each bear the same, each seems to end up with its own personality. ... See MoreSee Less

Carmen Valdes sent her mother-in-laws fur coat to have bears made for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  We were able to get five good-size bears from the fur.  Dark fur is hard to photograph so this photo really doesnt do them justice.  It is funny how, no matter how you try to make each bear the same, each seems to end up with its own personality.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 2 new photos.

Marelne Gruenfelder wanted her wedding dress converted into a couple of heirloom items that she could use and appreciate. We made her a Christmas tree topper Angel and a very unique wall hanging.

We had agreed that the wall hanging would contain applique design but, when I set down to create a design concept, I decided to experiment with fabric sculpture so that some of the flowers would be more 3-D. The floral elements toward the bottom of the hanging came directly from her WD bodice and skirt. The "vine" that winds from the bottom to the top is from the straps of her gown and, of course the roses are made from the gown fabrics. The overall size of this is 18" x 24". It has hoops for putting dowel rods at the top and bottom for hanging, or it could be framed for display as well.
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Marelne Gruenfelder wanted her wedding dress converted into a couple of heirloom items that she could use and appreciate.  We made her a Christmas tree topper Angel and a very unique wall hanging.

We had agreed that the wall hanging would contain applique design but, when I set down to create a design concept, I decided to experiment with fabric sculpture so that some of the flowers would be more 3-D.  The floral elements toward the bottom of the hanging came directly from her WD bodice and skirt.  The vine that winds from the bottom to the top is from the straps of her gown and, of course the roses are made from the gown fabrics.  The overall size of this is 18 x 24.  It has hoops for putting dowel rods at the top and bottom for hanging, or it could be framed for display as well.

Fairy Godmother Creations added 6 new photos.

Tyrssa Philpot sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren to wear. Even though the outfit is intended to be unisex, she wanted us to use some of the lace and she wanted it as long as we could get.

Her WD was pretty fitted, which made getting a long gown from it a bit more difficult. We had to work with the seams quite a bit. However, we were able to get a "Bishop" style gown from it and used the lace mesh over the satin. We kept the large collar plain to make it more unisex. In addition to the gown, we made a matching bib, headband, booties and diaper cover as well as a gathered rose corsage.
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Tyrssa Philpot sent her wedding dress to have a unisex baptism outfit made for her son and future children/grandchildren to wear.  Even though the outfit is intended to be unisex, she wanted us to use some of the lace and she wanted it as long as we could get.  

Her WD was pretty fitted, which made getting a long gown from it a bit more difficult.  We had to work with the seams quite a bit. However, we were able to get a Bishop style gown from it and used the lace mesh over the satin.  We kept the large collar plain to make it more unisex.  In addition to the gown, we made a matching bib, headband, booties and diaper cover as well as a gathered rose corsage.

Thought I'd share this blast from the past. A couple of year ago I made this custom doll to enter into a local competition. The rules of the competition were that we had to sew something using onlly a t-shirt, a piece of lingerie and a pillow case. I literally pulled the threads from the fabric to create her hair and she is stuffed with shredded pieces from the garments. ... See MoreSee Less

Thought Id share this blast from the past.  A couple of year ago I made this custom doll to enter into a local competition. The rules of the competition were that we had to sew something using onlly a t-shirt, a piece of lingerie and a pillow case. I literally pulled the threads from the fabric to create her hair and she is stuffed with shredded pieces from the garments.