Last summer I found this adorable free amigurumi pattern for Bonbon Bears in an AllAboutAmi blog post. I saved a Pin for the pattern on my Teddy Bear Pinterest Board in hopes I would have some time to make it in the future.
It was raining last weekend and I finally had some time to crochet so I created my own Bonbon Bears with the pattern I had saved.
I'm not an expert crocheter; so I was thrilled to have step by step easy to follow instructions and a project I could finish in one sitting. The bears fit in my hand and required small amounts of yarn so I was able to use yarn left over from other projects.
I have access to so many wonderful safety eyes and noses at GlassEyesOnLine so I was able to get creative. My Saint Paddy's Day Bear is wearing a green shamrock bow over her ear. She has 6mm White Round Plastic Safety Eyes and 6mm Brown Triangle Shape Safety Nose. I chose a 5mm Pink Oval Safety Nose for her belly button.
I had some yarn in my favorite color to make this Heart Bear for my Valentine, Jerry. He is holding this precious bear in his hands. My Heart Bear has a 6mm Pink Safety Heart and a colorful belly out of some material with purple hearts.
I followed Stephanie's pattern; but I secured the safety eyes and noses in place where I wanted them to be located before stuffing and closing up the head and body.
Did you read my last blog post about making Whimsical Heart Book Marks? That is where I got the inspiration for making dolls using the wooden hearts as faces. I purchased the wooden hearts from a local craft shop. After penciling in my designs; I used the wood burning tool to make the eye lids and mouth. Then I glued the 10mm Glass Cabochon Eyes in place.
I did some brainstorming with my friend Pat. She is an experienced sewer with a license plate that reads "IQUILT2" We came up with some ideas for a folk art doll that would have the wooden heart faces and a fabric body and crochet arms.
We worked on the prototype doll today. Get a Sneak Peak of part of the project below. We're tweaking the pattern now and adding some finishing touches. Look for the finished doll and pattern to be shared with you soon!