I decided to turn a couple of my old clothing items into a meaningful and eco-friendly gift. I transformed those old clothes into my Huggable Upcycled Teddy Bears. How many garments just sit in your wardrobe waiting to be discarded to the charity shop and eventually landfill? Megatons of textiles end up in landfills every year. Research suggests we only wear 40% of the garments we own.
Have a closet or dresser full of old clothes? Use clothing items to create these Huggable Upcycled Teddy Bears.
There are scores of free teddy bear patterns available online to choose from to create a memory bear. I created a pattern that is more realistic than your average upright & long-limbed teddy bear. All you need is some basic sewing skills.
Choose appropriate textiles for your Upcycled Teddy Bears.
Coordinating the fabric was easy as I used to wear these corduroy pants and evening top together. It is important that the textiles are clean and sturdy enough to undergo the stuffing of the teddy bear in its final stage of construction.
Fill them up with squishable materials to make your Lovable Upcycled Teddy Bears as cuddly as possible!
As there are no limb joints in this bear, all you will need are some doll eyes or old buttons, along with some stuffing (such as Polyfill used in cushions) to complete your project. This sweet pattern is just one idea to inspire you to upcycle those old clothes!