This week I've turned to old uniforms in my stash of clothes to be upcycled. I did have an ulterior motive for choosing these - as I'd offered to make a kind of 'trophy' for a school house competition my daughter has set up for recycling old oral care products. You can read about that here.
Since the competition is all about recycling, I figured a house trophy that was upcycled would be appropriate so offered to make a teddy, with a ribbon to tie around it's neck depending on which house wins.
A couple of years ago, my daughter's school changed their sports uniforms, but we have a few of the old ones that the girls can't wear anymore as they're old style! I knew I'd saved them for something!! Perfect for making a teddy out of! Nice soft fabric, two different colours, and the school logo is there to be used too!
I made a denim teddy last year using this pattern and tutorial from How Joyful Blog. I decided to use the same pattern but downsized it (by 50%) for a smaller teddy which would fit easily from one sports shirt.
OK - I have to admit I had to use a little bit from another shirt's collar to have enough for the green parts!
Once I'd cut all the pieces out - I had to marvel that this pile of flat fabric shapes would soon become a teddy bear!
A little while later (and finding that one of the pieces has the letters marked in the wrong corners!) I'd managed to make the teddy 'skin'. All that remained was stuffing him!
I'm really pleased with how he turned out!
Not bad from an old sports top!
Now I just need 4 coloured ribbons, and the School House Recycling Competition Trophy is finished! I wonder if he should have a name?
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