Like most kids, mine each have a couple special stuffed animals. My son has a stuffed dog, nicely named Fluffy Puppy that has been around since he was a baby. My daughter has a Winnie the Pooh bear with a rattle in it that she has also had since she was a baby. It’s named Jingle Bear because it jingles. My kids are really original with their names. Jingle Bear is always on her bed and is usually her choice for who she sleeps with. He, along with two other teddy bears, are pretty important to her. Jingle Bear (and Fluffy Puppy for that matter) have traveled the world with us. The kids got them in Missouri and they moved to Okinawa, then California, and now Texas. They’ve each been on a number of vacations as well. I’m slightly amazed that neither has been lost in all the shuffle. The kids would be devastated if either did go missing though.
Teddy bears have been the go to for kids for a long time. Last Friday, September 9th was National Teddy Bear Day. This makes September a very special month for Snuggle® given the mascot. Everyone knows the Snuggle Bear! I even had a Snuggle Bear when I was younger and now thanks to Snuggle®, my daughter has one too. For the 2nd year, Snuggle® is launching a special #ShareABear campaign to help make the world a softer place, one teddy bear at a time. Something as small as a teddy bear can brighten many children’s day, so Snuggle® is donating 5,000 bears to children in need. I love Snuggle® products. As much laundry as I do with kids, including the routine washing of teddy bears, I like having a product I know and trust. Also, only Snuggle® delivers Snuggly Softness™ and long-lasting fresh scents at a noticeable value. I’m a fan of the Cherry Blossom and Rosewood scent. My Walmart always has them.
Like most little girls, my daughter wants to dress all her dolls and teddy bears. The only problem is, her teddy bears don’t have clothes. This led to me brainstorming to make her easy clothes for her Jingle Bear and her other bears. I haven’t unpacked my sewing machine in the last two moves, so I wanted an easy, no sew option. I found the answer in socks. Using a variety of new and old socks, we made her bears and variety of sweaters, dresses, and hats.
All you need for this is teddy bears, socks, and scissors. I used a couple of my husband’s old socks, as well as some cute newer ones I had.
Using the piece with two holes (the leg hole and the hole made from the cut), as opposed to the piece your toes go in, cut a small hole on each side for the armholes. Cut these smaller than you think they need to be. The socks stretch and the armholes can easily end up bigger than needed.
The remaining piece of the sock (the toe end) can be used as a hat. If you have two socks, use the toe parts has booties. For longer socks, two cuts will need to be made at first to make the sweater.
It’s easy to get creative with these outfits. Using a black sock, we made a sweater and hat for Jingle Bear. The hat was too long, so we cut eye holes in and he now has his Halloween costume. He looks like a bank robber! A plain white sock was used to make a sweater. I then cut two holes into the toe piece, giving them leg holes, making shorts. The shorts were a bit too high, so I cut a band off, which them became a headband. My daughter loved the new outfit. I think he looks like an 80’s gym rat.
I now have a thrilled little girl. This was the easist thing and took maybe 10 minutes.
Join in the #ShareABear spirit all September by sharing stories, memories, and pictures of your loved ones with a teddy bear on Social Media channels. Join the fun on Snuggle®’s facebook page and in the Snuggle® Bear Den! The Bear Den is also the best place for content, offers, and prizes.