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