A good use of the small pieces of vintage quilt patchwork is to make them into these little teddy bear softies.
They are just the right size for tiny hands.
I drew a pattern for the teddy bear from cardstock, laid it on the leftover patchwork maneuvering the pattern to get the best parts of the worn fabric, pinned in place, and cut the pattern. Both the front and back are made from patchwork. I cut two patterns from muslin and one from quilt batting, both leftover from previous projects. Stacking them all together, I top stitched all the layers together leaving about two inches along the side of the leg unstitched so the project could be stuffed. I used batting from an old pillow, in keeping with (re)purposing, to stuff the bear. After stuffing, it goes back to the sewing machine to close the opening.
Lastly, I tore a strip from the binding and tied a cute little red bow around his neck.
My desire for this project was not just to pass a keepsake to the next generation but to the one beyond. Those precious ones are not yet born but are patiently and hopefully waited for. Their first gift will be a keepsake made from their great-grandmother’s wedding quilt. How I love the thought of that!
Do you have any special keepsakes? I love those stories; please share.