NEW THIS WEEK - February 1st, 2006:
Teddy Bear Jamboree
Did you know that the Teddy Bear is more than a century old? He was
born in 1902, when U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, on a hunting trip in
Mississippi, spared a frightened little bear. Washington Post political
cartoons depicting the incident prompted a smart Brooklyn merchant to ask
permission to name the stuffed toy bears in his shop "Teddy's Bears,"
and soon, he was selling hundreds of them.
Rose Michton, the merchant's wife, had made those first bears,
stuffed with excelsior, and finished with black shoe button eyes. And so, we
can credit a sewist for the ultimate success of the Ideal Toy Company and the
popularity of our beloved teddy bears.
Stuffed animals are our very first toys. Their softness comforts us. As
toddlers, we come to love them, and we carry them around everywhere we go. They
don't talk much, but they listen so well. When we listen in on our children or
grandchildren at play, we are reminded of those innocent days when a teddy bear
could be a best friend. And, we know that they will always love teddy bears as
much as we do -- even if they keep it a secret.
And, so this week, designs with Teddy Bears are destined to warm your
heart. Sew "sweet dreams" with teddy bear quilt blocks, or dress your
"honey" in a baby bear shirt or bib. Busy bears are fun for those
that dream of what they'll become when they grow up.
Sew up a whole lot of fun for the young and young at heart, and enjoy these
Teddy Bear designs!
fun with this effect! Embellish a shirt or music bag with someone's
favorite musical instrument. Pick your favorite
band members for shirts, toy bags, toddlers' backpacks, or totes. Line up a
whole parade to march across a blanket or wall hanging. Teddy bears are perfect
for the young, and also for the young at heart. We never outgrow our love for
teddy bears or parades!
Want to see more? Click here
to see designs released in previous weeks!