Jean Bott sent some of her late father’s clothing to have bears made for family members as Christmas gifts. We tried to mix the fabrics up a bit and used the one plain white shirt as the consistent element to make them all a family. She had also sent some shirts with patches on them and three hats with symbols so we turned them each into a patch to put on the center belly of each bear.
T-shirt quilts are very popular with graduating seniors and Gerri Walsh wanted to get one made for her son’s birthday. His school colors are red and white so most of the shirts were red and white with touches of black and grey. I used the major graphics within the blocks and pulled the red fabric from the red shirts to frame the blocks and create some continuity. The quilt is backed with warm, soft anti-pill fleece to make it snuggly–even for a young man.
Kari Jamicich sent her wedding dress to have a unisex gown made for her son to wear for his baptism. Her wedding dress was made of pretty thick poly satin so we went with our “Bishop” style gown. Because the gown had seams falling in inconvenient places, I ended up adding some ribbons down the center front to cover a seam. We also made several kerchiefs with embroidery.
Chantel Bailey sent her wedding dress to have a romper made for her son. Since her dress had some lovely panels of purple, we made a romper with a faux vest and used the purple on the vest. When it was done, it just seemed like a matching bow tie pin was called for. We also made a reversible bib.
Chantel also asked if I could make the bodice of her dress into a decorative pillow. I tried to keep it as close to the shape of the bodice as I could.
Every now and then, I’ll find inspiration for a project and can’t resist trying it. This quilted tree wall hanging is one of those projects. It is intended to hang on a door or wall as a decorative piece but it is also quite functional The tree has 24 buttons scattered on it so you can hang little ornaments for the holiday season on it. In addition, since there are 24 of them, it can act as an advent calendar as well.
I made two of them and will be putting them into my gift shop for sale soon.
Peggy Anderson sent a couple of fur coats that were once her mother’s and her grandmother’s to have bears made for relatives. There were three coats. One was mink, one was mouton and the other was Persian lamb. We decided to make one bear from each coat that was out of that fur and the other two bears we mixed the furs.
There was enough fur to make these our larger, 18″ bears.
Here are a few of the fabric-based bears we made for the Holiday Season this year.
Kathy Officer sent great grandpa Tom’s shirt to have a bear made for the great grandchild he never got to meet
Aubrey Ruiz sent a shirt from her cousin who passed away at age 31, to have this bear made for her aunt.
Judith Mosier sent some special things that belonged to her late mother to have these bears made.
The wedding dress had a bodice covered in bead work and a big, full skirt of satin. We kept things clean and simple using our “Bishop” style and incorporating some of the lovely bead work from the WD bodice on the collar and we included some of the pretty buttons on the front.