If you go down to the woods today ….

by Helen on March 12, 2013

You might meet a little black baby bear!!  At least that’s what everyone has been calling that naughty Miss Daisy.  Ben is feeling much better now, and the simple expedient of removing his collar has stopped her pulling and twisting his neck.  I don’t think he’s very likely to run away while we’re out, and if we did become separated (1) everybody round here knows who he is and where he lives; and (2) he is micro-chipped.  

Meanwhile, as well as black baby bears, here at Coombe Leigh we have other colours too ….. 

Teddy Bear Softie Pattern

 A new pattern for the April Bustle & Sew Magazine.  I’ve never created a bear softie before as there are so many wonderful bear-makers and designs out there – but these little creatures are, I think, some of the easiest to make you’ll find.  Once I’d worked out the pattern pieces and sewn the trial version, each bear took me about 2 1/2 hours – and they’d be wonderful little gifts for special people.  They’re not jointed so their limbs don’t move, but for me simplicity was everything – as well as cute appeal of course!  There’s a bit of a bear theme developing for the April issue … I’ve also finished a new and very simple stitchery also featuring bears ….

Follow your Dreams

 This little couple have launched their sky lantern (balloon) for a lifetime’s luck and hope that their happiness will last forever.  This is a really simple design and would be great for a beginner – or just a couple of hours stitching for the more experienced.  I do hope you like them both.  


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie March 12, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Love the bears!
Julie xxxxxxxx


Chris March 12, 2013 at 5:25 pm

I love the little bears. You come up with some wonderful projects. They are all keepers.


Yvonne March 13, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Imagine those wee bears, holding a little cushion (stitched to their front paws) A perfect pincushion that way, because, of course, the bears themselves are too cute to stick pins in! Can’t wait to make one for myself, and maybe a quilting friend or two. :-)


Helen March 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

That’s a great idea Yvonne – I wish I’d thought of it!! xx


Valerie March 13, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Awww love the bears! Definitely has the cute factor! Thank you!


jasmine Patrick March 13, 2013 at 4:06 pm



KatieQ March 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

They look so cute. I can’t wait for the April issue.


Jan G. March 13, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Berry Beary Cute Helen!! Glad Ben is better!!!! Can’t wait for the April Ezine!! Looks like a lot of Berry Fun!!! Glad you solved the problem with Daisy and Ben’s collar!!!!



Rina March 14, 2013 at 11:33 am

I absolutly adore Teddy Bears and made a lot myself. would love to add them to my collection. you are so creative!
thanks for sharing


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