Yesterday I showed you the preview for this cute little guy! It’s not a very big teddy bear when it’s complete, standing at about 9 inches or 22 cm tall. But he was exactly the right size for my niece, Emily, who just had her first birthday recently. (That’s who I designed this little bear for, of course.)
Tomorrow I’ll post the pattern for his blue jeans (a tradition for firefighter bears like Smokey).
Of course Smokey the Bear, whose trademark quote is “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” was based upon a real bear who survived a forest fire. If you’d like to read his story (and/or help promote his pro-active U.S. Forest Service message), just click on the links provided here, and they will take you to various pages offering the history of the original Smokey Bear, merchandise that’s available through the U.S. Forest Service, and informational pages on campfire rules and such.
I’m a fan of Smokey the Bear since WAY back. Here’s a picture of me holding my Smokey, back when I was a kid:
That raggedy-looking bear traveled everywhere with me. He has been to nearly all the western states in the US, including Hawaii!
That’s my adorable little brother standing behind me in this photo. We were wearing antique clothes from the 1920’s when we had this photo taken.
To both my brother and sister, Smokey the Bear brings to mind this well-loved soft bear toy, so when I designed a smaller version of my old bear buddy for my niece, it meant a lot to my sister, I think.
Yes, my specialty area is in the design of doll clothes, but I thought it would be kind of neat to share this special pattern with all of you. I hope other little kids will get just as much pleasure playing with this bear toy as I got from my Smokey!
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