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Phileas the Sailmaker

Added Apr 6, 2011

by seasidelaundry

Newport, Rhode I...






8 1/2 fully jointed teddy bear made from an old cashmere wool coat. I washed the coat-yes, with soap and water, to get a weathered look. He is jointed with hardboard discs and cotter pins including his head. Paw pads are felt & stuffed with polyfil.

The boat is home made & sail is shirt fabric.

I need to dress him a bit-maybe a scarf or sailor collar & a little bell or key. Since this is a sewing site-guessed he should appear w/o the extras.

Not for small children, tiny parts for joints & eyes.

Material Notes

Old cashmere/wool coat-washed; felt; embroidery floss; plastic button eyes; hardboard discs; cotter pins; metal washers; shirt cotton; wood; acrylic paint




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cashmere, Coating, Cotton, Other, Polyester, Shirting, Wool

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    Jun 4, 2011, 10.04 PMby modernvintageworkshop

    i CANT believe you made this!!!! i want one! so sweet!

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    Apr 21, 2011, 10.59 PMby becia

    It’s been a while since I visited this site, but I can tell that someone has been making something very cute. Good use of recycling, your coat has an extended life. Is this a gift for your grandchildren, or perhaps a keeper? Cuuute!

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      Apr 21, 2011, 11.20 PMby seasidelaundry

      Thank you! Coat came from Savers-I know you would get that! I sold last bear to girl using him as invite to a Sadie Hawkins dance! So, posting this one, too…“egg money”! Seeing the KY/TN munchkins May 1-8. Sew while there for them.
      Sweet gesture, very cool pencil bags, by the way!

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    Apr 7, 2011, 07.25 PMby redslippers

    he is very handsome. what i’d call a proper teddy!!

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      Apr 7, 2011, 08.15 PMby seasidelaundry

      A compliment coming from a region recognized for beautiful teddies. Right back to you-your creations are wonderful! An Elizabeth Taylor fit – now that a new generation knows who she was.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 10.55 AMby seasidelaundry

    Oh, yes. There are older books, patterns, maybe DIY net, that show in detail. I may get brave & make a tutorial. The discs & cotter pins, etc. placed inside each part & attached before stuffing with exception of head. So, there is no sewing them. Funny how one does things w/o thinking of the steps after awhile! I always used the little screws, but had to learn all over when I made tinier bears. Somehow, making bears, helped me in my job working on aircraft interiors.

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.58 AMby pampula

    too adorable!!

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      Apr 6, 2011, 01.33 PMby seasidelaundry

      Thank you. You, by the way, have inspired me to want to weave something!

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      Apr 6, 2011, 02.05 PMby pampula

      You’re very welcome:) and I’m so happy to have inspired you!!

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    Apr 6, 2011, 07.00 AMby zaarissima

    an absolutly beautiful bear! In picture 3 we see the facial-expression! Really wonderful work! How have you made articulated/turned arms and legs possible? Is it difficult? (because I would also like to try it)

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      Apr 6, 2011, 01.41 PMby seasidelaundry

      Not so difficult. I prefer screw & nuts for over 9" bears, but, cotter pins easy for little guys. String works on tiny bears, too-just sew thru body. You are the creature expert!

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      Apr 7, 2011, 06.41 AMby zaarissima

      Thank you for your help. I already sounds a little complicated because I can not imagine how the screw and nuts or cotter pins for example in the arm and the body are sewn and attached…I’ll try it. May I ask you if I have problems in completing?

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