Get Crafty with your toddler and Sew a Sweet Teddy!

with Sarah Davies of Sew Sweet William, Killay


sew-sweet-william-picGet in the mood by sharing your favourite picture book about a bear, my favourite is It’s the Bear! by Jez Alborough.

Prepare some fabric scraps by ironing Bondaweb (or similar) to the wrong side of the fabric. Peel off the backing paper and cut into small squares. Depending on the age of your child they can help to cut the pieces. (Using scissors helps to develop the fine motor skills essential for handwriting later on!)

Draw a teddy bear shape on squared paper and use this as a template to cut one piece in plain white cotton and one piece in a fabric of your choice for the back of the teddy.

Let your toddler place the fabric squares onto the teddy shape, covering as much of it as you can. You can talk about the colours, patterns and texture of the different fabrics. Use a hot iron to fuse the fabric pieces to the body of the teddy.

Get your toddler to choose buttons for teddy’s eyes, nose and tummy and sew firmly with embroidery thread. Why not hold the needle and get your toddler to thread the buttons on.

Now sew the back and front pieces of your teddy together (right sides of fabric together) remembering to leave a gap for turning. Trim the seam allowance and clip any curves and corners and turn right sides out pulling the fabric through the gap.

Help your toddler to stuff the teddy firmly with polyester stuffing, you will have to help them to get the stuffing into the head, arms and legs. Sew up the gap with a hand sewing needle and cotton thread.

Now give your teddy a cuddle and cwtch up on the sofa to share your picture book!

Toddler Craft sessions for children aged 2 to 4 years are every Tuesday at 10am and 1pm at Sew Sweet William in KIllay. Come along and share a story, play with friends and explore lots of fun craft activities.




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