Current Project: Operation Hope Teddy Project

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The teddy bears we receive from the Operation Hope Teddy Project will be gifted to refugee children who visit the AdventistHelp field hospital located at two refugee camps between Mosul and Erbil, where 60,000 mainly Iraq and Syrians have fled to escape the horrors of Mosul.  Hopefully, our teddies will provide some comfort and assist with the trauma that they are experiencing.

To find out more about the background to this project, please read Erica’s story.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

We are asking for knitted, crocheted or sewn teddies of APPROXIMATELY 6 Inches or 15 cm in height.

Any fabric or yarn type is acceptable.  Teddies should be stuffed with fibrefill (hobby stuffing), rather than rice or rags.

Teddies must have embroidered facial features (no safety eyes) and friendly faces are best.

Safety eyes are not safe (ironically!) for very small children, so embroidered faces are a must.  You can find excellent tutorials for how to sew faces onto yarn and fabric dolls here, here and here.

Teddies should preferably be free of accessories (jackets, scarves, hats etc), but any adornments MUST be firmly stitched to the body of the teddy.

Extra bits like scarves look super-cute, but can detach from the teddy and cause a choking hazard so please re-think adding them in.

WHEN DO YOU NEED IT BY?

We will require two shipments of teddies – the first must be received by post or drop-off no later than APRIL 20th, 2017.

These teddies will head off with the Operation Hope volunteers to the field hospital mentioned above.

For late starters (or late finishers!), a second shipment of teddies must be received by post or drop-off no later than May 19th, 2017

HOW DO I GET MY TEDDY TO YOU?

BEFORE APRIL 26th Teddies can be posted to:

Operation Hope Teddy Project

13 Panorama St,

Bray Park  QLD  4500

AFTER APRIL 26th, Teddies must be posted to:

Operation Hope Teddy Project

Erica Henley

47 Coal Point Road

Coal Point  NSW  2283

OR contact us via our Facebook page for details about drop-offs in Brisbane and New South Wales.

WHERE CAN I GET A PATTERN FOR A TEDDY?

You are welcome to use any pattern you prefer for making your teddy as long as it suits the size requirements listed above.  If you need help finding a pattern, look below!

KNITTED TEDDY PATTERNS:

Fin Bear from Bonniebabes UK

Koala Baby from Knitted Toy Box (just be sure to substitute the safety eyes for embroidered ones!)

Knitted Twin Bears by CraftBits

*Please note, I am a crocheter, not a knitter, so I have no idea how difficult or easy these patterns are.  If you are a knitter and know of an accessible and simple pattern of the right dimensions, please feel free to comment below!*

Crochet Teddy Patterns:

Classic Little Bear Pattern by Hook and Stitch Crafts

*I made this bear as a beginner crocheter a few years ago – it’s a simple pattern to follow…just perhaps leave out the scarf!*

Bruno Bear by Baghi Handmade with Love (just be sure to substitute the safety eyes for embroidered ones!)

Small Long-Legged Cat by Kristi Tullus

* I realise this patten says “cat” but I have used this pattern to make a cute little bear by simply leaving off the tail! Here’s a pic:

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TEDDY SEWING PATTERNS:

Please note you may have to adjust the printing size of these patterns to get the right size for your teddy.

Warren the Charity Bear by Shiny Happy World (just remember to replace safety eyes with embroidered ones!)

SOFT BABY BEAR by Maya @ SewToy

Teddy Bears by MamaSmiles