The leftovers from the recycled wool Fireside Star quilt were sitting there staring at me, so I needed to do something with them. I saw some similar pillows in a quilt shop, and thought they would be a good way to use up some of the scraps. I had to use flannel for the green, as there wasn't any green wool. The stitching is NOT hand buttonhole stitch. I don't DO handwork if I can help it! My machine has a very nice double buttonhole stitch, so I use it.
By the time I got done with the pillows, there were no large pieces of wool left, but it was still sitting there staring at me. So--let's use it all up. I can't bear to see scraps of non-traditional fabrics sitting around. Quilting fabric scraps abound, but the others I seldom use, so don't really want to give them space. So after a 1 1/2 hour search, I finally unearthed the nearly 30 year old bear pattern. Patchwork bears--so cute. They're ready to spruce up the space for Christmas. My 5 year old great-granddaughter Bella was here when I was making one of them, and when it came to the stuffing, she was eager to help. She's not ready for the sewing machine yet, but the stuffing was a way she could be involved. When she can sit still for 5 minutes, and reach the foot control, I'll teach her to sew.