I got a cheap pattern from Walmart, and I was so excited. I started to unfold this thin pattern paper and quickly realized it was huge, and it was all over the floor, and I had no idea how to read it, or what it all meant. So shorts it is! Because in my mind of logic they were smaller, and surely better. I cut, and I struggled, and I struggled some more. I re-read the pattern 50 times, and I ended up with a pair of shorts that would fit a Sumo wrestler. They were enormous! My husband modeled them in the dining room and we laughed until we cried, and then I put them in a box.
The only thing that made sense was to make a simple pattern myself that I liked, based around all of these that I didn't like. That day was the birth of my custom Teddy Bears. I started making them with quilting cotton and my very simple pattern and they looked crisp and clean, and I love making them! Each one is a little different, and they are all adorable. Sometimes I make them for kids, and sometimes I make them for adults and they almost always have a name or a quote embroidered on their belly. They make great new friends and they just make people smile. But, sometimes I make them and they are full of memories and tears, with love and meanings, because I use clothes, instead of fabric from the store. Memory Teddy Bears make a beautiful unique gift that fill a room with love. But, no matter the occasion, everyone loves a teddy bear.