How to Sew a Memory Bear


It’s finally here; the week I know you all have been waiting for!  This week I’m showing step-by-step how to sew a memory bear!  I have been making tons of bears for Whitney Sews Memories and can’t wait to teach you all how to make your own.

I use Simplicity A2115 for my bears, but the pattern is out of print, so unless you happen onto some old copies at Walmart (like I did!) you may have to select another similar pattern.  The Simplicity Rare Bear pattern is a great option that is VERY similar to the one I used.  You can find that pattern HERE.  But no matter what pattern you are using this video will still be helpful because a lot of techniques will be similar.


If you haven’t been following along with the entire series I already shared videos showing how to select a pattern, copying the pattern onto plastic templates (if you want a sturdier pattern to use again and again), how to install safety eyes and how to sew a ladder stitch to finish your bears.  You can find all those videos in a playlist HERE!

So now it’s time to sew your precious memory bear together!  In the video I show from cutting the fabrics to finishing the bear off with a ladder stitch, following right along with the pattern directions.  Not great at using sewing patterns?!?  No problem!  I explain each step and what it means as we go along!

Click HERE to watch the Memory Bear How to!

Next week I have another video where I’ll be showing all of my tips and tricks for taking your memory bears from good to great!  You’ll learn those little details that will make your bears look professional!  Make sure you are subscribed to Whitney Sews on youTube so you don’t miss out on that video!

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Ladder Stitch How to – Memory Bear Sewing Series



It’s time for another addition to my memory bear sewing series!  This week I’m showing how to hand sew a ladder stitch.  This stitch is so important for finishing any stuffed animal.

The ladder stitch is pretty simple to do after you’ve practiced it a time or two and can be nearly invisible when done right.

Click HERE to watch the step-by-step ladder stitch tutorial!

Lots more memory bears tutorials coming soon, so make sure you are subscribed to Whitney Sews on youTube.  Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Selecting the Right Memory Bear Pattern

When it comes to finding a great pattern not all are created equal!  This is definitely the case when looking for a memory bear pattern that will give you a finished bear you love.

I wanted to share some patterns that would work well for memory bears, including my favorite, as well as an example of a pattern that wouldn’t work well.

Check out the video HERE!

Want a copy of the same pattern I use for all of my bears?!?  Watch to the end of the video to find out how to enter a giveaway to win the pattern!

What is your favorite stuffed animal pattern??

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Installing Safety Eyes and Noses – How to


This week I’m kicking off my memory bear series!  I am so excited to be able to share all my tips and tricks so you can make your own beautiful memory bears!  In the series I’ll be covering all my tips and info for actually sewing the bears, as well as some techniques like installing safety eyes, how to sew a ladder stitch, and even a step-by-step tutorial for my favorite bear pattern.

I started making these bears a couple of months ago as a surprise for a friend whose father had passed away.  I made three bears for the grandchildren so they have a grandpa bear to snuggle when they start missing him.

There happy faces made every second spent making the bears worth it and I knew I wanted to put more smiles on faces.  I ended up starting a Facebook page called Whitney Sews Memories and started making more bears for other people!

So my point is I LOVE making these bears and want to teach you how to make them too!

I’m starting off the series with a few of the techniques that are needed for making bears.  This week I’m showing how to install safety snaps and next week how to hand sew a ladder stitch to finish off the bears after they are stuffed.  So once I get to the actual bear tutorials the entire video will be focused on making the bears themselves.  Then if you need to refer back to the bear tutorial a few times you won’t have to rewatch (or skip over) the basics every time.

I have found that the easiest time to install safety eyes and noses are when only the front of the face is sewn together.  I attach the face sides and center then add the facial features then continue sewing the rest of the head and the bear together.

Check out the video HERE to see step-by-step the best way to perfectly install safety eyes!

See, not hard at all!  If there are other techniques you want me to cover in this series, make sure to leave them in the comments below!  Come back next week for the next tutorial in the #memorybear series.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

World Geography Learning Mat



If you don’t already know, I have two daughter – one just turned three and the other will be two in April.  They keep me pretty busy and I’m always looking for fun ways to incorporate learning into our daily lives.  We recently picked up a set of wooden animals and I thought it was the perfect opportunity for my oldest to start learning where different animals live around the world.

So I grabbed some fabrics from my stash (basic cotton for the continents and a flannel for the water) and set to work on my map.  Since it’s for a three year old I didn’t worry about being too detailed, just got the general shape drawn out.

I show the step-by-step process in my video tutorial HERE!

I absolutely love how this little learning floor mat turned out and I know Peyton does too!  What other DIY projects do you think we should make for our homeschooling supplies??

Did you know I have a second channel?!?  I’m trying to get back to posting on it and started with a recipe video yesterday for White Chicken Chili.  Click HERE to watch that video!

Make sure to come back next week for another new sewing tutorial.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

Bricks and Blocks Quilt How to



This week I wanted to share a fun quilt I made recently for a youTuber friend who had a baby in December.  I was looking for a fairly easy quilt, but one that is visually interesting. I found a fun quilt on Pinterest, and decided to make a similar one.  But instead of tracking down the original post I just referenced the photo and quilt layout and came up with the measurements that worked best for a crib size quilt.

The entire quilt is made of only two different sized pieces – BRICKS that are 8.5 by 4.5 inches and BLOCKS that are 4.5 by 4.5 inches.  Because there are only two different sized pieces you can focus on creating a pattern or design with the fabrics you use.  I went with a diagonal white stripe design among colored/printed fabrics, but you can chose other layouts or go with a totally random design.

The quilt can be made with 10 to 14 different fabrics; using only 4.5 inches by the width of fabric for the prints so this is a great stash project!  By the way….YES I am still doing the Sew Your Stash Challenge even though we are in a new year (more on that later)!

To get started select your fabrics and cut 14 strips measuring 4.5 inches by the width of the fabric.  Then subcut those down into 4 Bricks (4.5 x 8.5 inches) and 1 Block (4.5 x 4.5 inches).  Then lay them out in a design you like and start sewing the rows together.  It is really that simple!  You will end up with a couple of pieces left over after you have sewn all 12 rows together.  You can toss them into your scrap pile, or incorporate them into your backing or binding like I did on my Charming Rainbows Quilt.

Below is a graphic you can Pin or save to refer to when piecing if you want to create the same layout as my quilt.


 

But as I mentioned earlier you can create any design (or no design at all) and still have a beautiful quilt.  The only ‘rules’ for this quilt is to stick to the layout of 5 bricks in the first row, then a block, 4 bricks, and a block in the second row.  Repeat that pattern 6 times to have a quilt top.

Watch the full step-by-step video tutorial HERE!

And that is it!  A simple, but beautiful baby quilt!  You can make it for a boy or girl depending on the fabrics you choose.

If you liked this tutorial please share the link with your friends.  Come back next Wednesday for another new tutorial.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Upcycled Denim Pillow Shams


I have always loved upcycling clothing!  The summer after I graduated high school I did a ton of t-shirt reconstructions and they helped me gain a ton of confidence in my sewing skills.  Thirteen years later and I still love upcycles!  My most recent upcycling projects have to do with keepsake or memory sewing.  Memory sewing is using clothing or other items (baby clothing that has been outgrown or clothing from loved ones who have passed away, etc) to create precious keepsakes.

Some of the memory upcycles I’ve enjoyed the most are denim rag quilts

and memory bears!  Aren’t they precious?!?

Check out my facebook page Whitney Sews Memories if you want to see more of my memory sewing projects!

But today I’ll be showing how to reuse denim jeans to make pillow shams!  They are pretty easy and can be customized however you like.

Check out the full step-by-step video tutorial HERE!

What other projects can you think of to make from denim?!?  There will be another new sewing tutorial up next Wednesday on Whitney Sews!  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

Sewing Half Square Triangles and Pinwheels




If you have done much quilting you know the value of half square triangles!  You can use them to create countless quilt designs just by rotating the blocks and using specific fabrics.  That is why I knew I needed to dedicate a Quilting Quicky video to them.

Check out my Half Square Triangle Quilting Quicky HERE!

I finished my half square triangles off as a pinwheel, but let your imagination run wild!  You can create a variety of quilt blocks, or even a quilt that is one large one-of-a-kind design.

If you like the pinwheel look check out how I quilt mine shown HERE!

What other quilting techniques would you like to see in a future Quilting Quicky tutorial??

Make sure to come back next Wednesday for another new tutorial.  Until then, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

 

 

How to Create Low Cost Plastic Sewing Pattern Templates

I have a few patterns I use over and over again.  Like my newsboy hat pattern and my fabric bunting pattern.  After using them a few times I quickly realized paper patterns weren’t going to last very long.  I started looking for a way to make my own longer lasting patterns…and I came up with a solution!

Dollar Tree carries flexible cutting mats (2/$1) that are perfect for copying sewing patterns onto.  I transfer all the pattern markings and info onto the cutting mats then cut each one out.  I also use a small hole punch to punch out any dots on the pattern that need to be marked.

See exactly how I make my plastic patterns HERE!

The plastic templates can then be used the same way as the paper patterns…only easier!

The newest pattern I transferred over to plastic is the memory bear pattern I’ve been using.  I love making these memory bears and know I’ll be making a lot of them, so I need pattern pieces that will stand up to all the use.

I will have a video coming soon with all my tips and tricks for making beautiful keepsake bears.  Make sure you are subscribed to Whitney Sews on youTube so you don’t miss that tutorial.

Until next time, Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-

Rustic Fabric Ornaments | EASY DIY



This week I was working on a few keepsake ornaments for a friend and wanted to share this super simple DIY.  These ornaments in particular were made using the leftover denim and t-shirts from making a rag quilt.  But you can use any upcycled clothing or fabric you like.  They only take a few minutes to make, but save those precious memories for many many years.

Watch the full tutorial HERE!

Want some other ideas for repurposing denim??  Check out my playlist of ideas HERE!

Until next time, Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!

-Whitney-