|Papa Bears - Amy's Family|
|Papa and Amy (me) - Bryce Canyon National Park - June 2015 - windy day|
Once I had the shirts I needed to find the perfect bear pattern to use. I had an image in my head and I searched patterns online to see if I could find what I could see in my mind. I kept finding my perfect pattern and kept finding that it was discontinued years and years ago. And the replacement pattern was also discontinued without another replacement.
In the middle of my frustration, I remembered that about 25 years ago I worked for a fabric store and when patterns were discontinued we could purchase them for really cheap or we could get them for free (without their envelopes). So, I went to my basement and pulled out the bin that I knew contained all my patterns. And I found it - the perfect pattern - I had actually bought it decades before! I was so relieved to realize that I owned the pattern for which I had been searching.
|Papa Bears - Jenny's Family|
I chose the large sized bear (22"). I taped the pattern pieces (all 9 of them) to copy paper and I made 10 sets of copies so that I could pin and cut them in large batches; remember I made 27 of them.
I ordered a custom label from Wunderlabel to identify these bears as "Papa Bears". Here is a picture of the label:
|Papa Bears - Gabe's Family|
I ordered plastic safety eyes and noses from GlassEyesOnline so the little kids can't pull them out and choke on them.
|Papa Bears - Seth's Family|
I stuffed them with Poly-Fil from Fairfield. I ordered the Poly-Fil from Amazon because I found after shopping around that they have the best price and the shipping was free with my Prime account. I needed 1.5 pounds per bear so I ordered four 10-lb boxes.
|Papa Bears - Sarah's Family|
|Mom with her Papa Bear and Two Pillows|
We all now have our own “Papa Bear” to hug, love, and think of Papa.