Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Pressing Matters

 Yet another memory bear has gone off to its new home. A friend brought round some of her Dad's shirts to make a bear for her Mum. As always, I ask if they want the leftover fabric back. And as usual, they say they don't. I had five long sleeved shirts - and there was a fair bit of stuff left. So I made my friend a patchwork cushion as well as the bear for her Mum. I'd already used the black shirt for the back pack, but realised I could make a cushion cover with a fastening easily from the front of the shirt - but I used 5 different colour buttons.

The photo of the cushion back looks grey - but it is really black with chalk stripe. I still had fabric left. Bob gave me a Clover Mini Iron for my birthday. It's ideal for pressing tiny things [like a bear's ears, for example] It came in a plastic and cardboard packet. I needed to keep the iron, the stand and the screwdriver in a tidy way - so I took the fronts of two of the shirts which had pockets on. I made a bag to hold the iron and its accessories. I may get one of the other tips in the future, so two pockets are useful. I also kept two pieces of the card with important information. I fastened the top with an elastic casing and toggle [from last month's bodywarmer bears] The front band made tabs to keep the pockets closed. Result!


A colourful way to 'iron out' the problem of equipment storage!



18 comments:

  1. Wow! What a wonderful way to use up the fabric!

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  2. Beautiful bear and cushion and It’s the attention to detail that makes your bears so special.x. Catriona

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    1. I hope the owners feel that they have a personal touch that makes the memory special

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  3. A cushion and a bear is a really good idea, they can sit happily together on a bed. I like that you think of such good uses for all the fabric.

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    1. They do go well together, I was pleased with the result

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  4. That mini iron looks like a jolly useful gadget! And a great way to store it - I can think of a number of things of mine that could be stored in a similar way.....hmmmmm.......thanks for the tip!

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    1. I always save the elastic and toggles from garments, as they come in really useful for little storage bags

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  5. Great idea on the iron storage.

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    1. I hate it when the packaging is too flimsy for long term use. But at least this could all go in the recycling bin

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  6. Another lovely bear and a cushion, too! It is satisfying to see fabric used so creatively. I like your storage for the mini iron. I have repurposed extra (gifted) makeup bags to store items like a personal electric shaver or manicure tools.

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    1. My daughter uses make-up bags and zipped pencil cases for all sorts of clever storage

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  7. Beautiful work! What bear pattern did you use as I have some shirts belong to my late Dad in Law and would love to make a bear each for Ben and Pip x

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  8. I used the free pattern from How Joyful [http://angalmond.blogspot.com/2019/07/making-memories.html] Email me and I will send you some hints

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    1. Thanks for sending me your email. I'll be in touch

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