cub twins

Four days with the husband home, that’s how you get stuff done. Hope everyone had a fun 4th! Ours was pretty good. I’m almost over the stinging disappointment of Oak Park’s ridiculously bad parade. I’ve acclimated to the no more floats thing but no bands?! no shriners? no classic cars? no twirlers? Even the cool librarian book cart drill team were absent. sigh. But marching band withdrawal aside, we did manage to have a productive weekend and that always makes me happy. While Tim and Oscar whipped this place into shape I spent most of the time in the craft room working on some new designs.

These new bears are for a friend of ours who is expecting twin nieces or nephews this Fall.

I’m really happy with how they turned out. It was so much fun to work
on teddy bears. They’re good and squishy with floppy hands and feet and
in a nice gender neutral palette I think. They’re a little big. I
always think these toys are going to turn out smaller and then when
they’re done I realize oops, that’s bigger than the baby it’s for. My first attempt
was more right on size-wise but I didn’t like the shape. Guess it just
sort of expanded when I reworked it. Oh well, a toy you can grow with

since I had Oscar’s swaddling blanket out for a prop I thought I’d try my hand at twin swaddling…

I was spurred on by this bear design to try out a new girl doll design. I’m still working on her hair and outfit but maybe tomorrow I’ll have her done. What’s funny about her is how I try all these new things and then in the end she came out looking very much like other dolls I’ve made. She’s a close sister to Dagmar. Guess she’s just the doll I want to make. Well enough with tomorrow’s post today.

The new flickr group link is up on the sidebar. refresh.. cute! refresh.. CUTE! And hey, got some happy news from the printer that the new put-together books have shipped! If you’re on the reprint list you’ll be hearing from me soon.

51 thoughts on “cub twins

  1. PJ says:

    Just when I think you’ve made the cutest project….YOU DO IT AGAIN!!!!! I’m in total awe at your bottomless well of cute projects!!!

  2. Lauren says:

    Those bears are adorable!! I just love then swaddled up together. I am going to be an Auntie again in September and one of those little treasures would be perfect. Love the fabrics you used.

  3. carol says:

    so cute! everything from the colors, fabric textures to their eyes are stunning.
    just think of all the love these bears will get in their lifetime! all my kids still drag their bears around and have them very close to their hearts…how cool that you have been able to contribute to that memory and security.

  4. amy k. says:

    good god!! why do I always feel the need to swear when things are the cutest!? I am swearing right-now, that’s all i’m going to say. a lot.
    the waffle fabric is genius and and the arms and the feet are on there is such a cute way-these twins are set up!

  5. jackie says:

    Unbelievably adorable – what luck twins! You really come up with the cutest things! Great news about the books – can’t wait to hear from you on those!

  6. 3 to get ready says:

    I LOVE these bears! I’m sure the twins will love them too. Their pants and shirts are just the cutest! And I’m holding my breath for round 2 of the put-together books…..

  7. sunni says:

    ok hillary you’ve reached a new high with this pair of bears – i absolutely adore them!
    (and i think they should be in a put-together book one day!!) 🙂

  8. Myriam (Mim) says:

    Oh my, I think i just died!
    These are sooooooo cute and cuddly *sigh*. I love the waffle fabric. And the picture with the blankie, oooh it’s just too much.
    Any plans on offering a pattern for these :o))??

  9. julia says:

    They are ADORABLE! And I love waffle weave … I feel warm just looking at it, and I think that’s because the waffle blankets we had worked just so damn well at swaddling Max, at a time when *nothing* seemed to work the way it was supposed to …
    Sorry about your parade! Ours had the wacky Shriners in go-carts, and plenty of horses, but only 3 floats and I was sad. Also, no marching bands. Sad.
    Again, I just love these bears.

  10. kathy says:

    I love these. Twins. Really, really adorable. I recently used some similar waffle fabric as some blocks on a baby blanket. The recipient pointed out to me how wonderful the texture would be for exploration by little baby hands. I love how you used it on these softies.

  11. Lily says:

    They are of course fabulous. I don’t think they’re too small. Newborns don’t play with them anyway, so by the time the babies are big enough to play their little teddy friends will be just the right size.
    Ooh how exciting re the reprint. I’m on the list!!

  12. JoAnn says:

    Just love those twin bears and your fabric choices are always perfect. Your endless talent continues to amaze me.
    (Come to our parade next year. We had 5 bands and lots of fire trucks that Oscar would love. The parade ran 2-hrs. but nothing says you can’t leave early.)

  13. sheryl says:

    I would say that those swaddled bears are the cutest thing, but when they’re swaddled, you can’t see their pants. I love the pants. So cute.

  14. Alisha says:

    I love the teddy bears!! Any plans to offer a pattern? Or some additional ones to the cutie gifts above you made for the twins in your store?? And…how do you get on the reprint list for the patterns?

  15. Amelia says:

    Those are just adorable! I love waffle weave on almost anything but they are just perfect on those two little cuties! Hopefully they’ll make it into one of your pattern books.

  16. van says:

    oh i like the new bears better!
    they’re so chubby!
    uff uff… im organizing Baby Lilo’s one year party – any thoughts on how to survive?

  17. Amber says:

    Am I the only one who doesn’t know from waffle weave swaddling blankets? Is that a hand-knit? Is that an item that lurks in the back of every buy-stuff-for-kids store, hidden away in the practical-but-wonderful section?
    If anyone can enlighten me, please, do tell.

  18. Sara says:

    The thing about the 4th of July is that school isn’t in session. That makes it very hard to organize a band – most of which are associated with schools. Additionally, 4th of July can get really really hot, which royally sucks in wool OR polyester band uniforms.
    The bands I’ve usually seen around then are like firemen’s bands or somesuch. Community type bands.
    Anyhow, I lurv your bears, and I just ordered my put together book! Yay! Thanks!

  19. Päivi says:

    Super cute!!! The waffle fabric is a great choice. (I was wondering what do you call that kind of fabric in English, and reading previous comments found you call it waffle fabric too – I thought ‘vohvelikangas’ (=waffle fabric) was just a silly finnish name for it…)

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