Boo Boo Bear makes boo-boos bearable!
Sweet kisses come from BooBoo Bear when she holds an ice cube in her pouch.
Let perfection go by the wayside for these cuties! They will be loved and needed and the answer to many bumps and bruises.
Make several! They go in the washer & dryer easily for sanitary concerns.
I made this batch on a single pre fold diaper and backed them with flannel. You can use terry cloth or even a heavy weight flannel. The important thing is to use something absorbent.
Raid the plastic ware drawer! I used a small margarine container for my template. Each circle is 3.5" across with space left between for trimming.
I stitched the eyes with 3 strands of black floss. The arches are 4 overcast stitches with 3 straight stitches for the lashes. I knotted the start and wove the ends/tails.
The lips were 4 strands of floss in a peachy/pink shade, stem stitches.
This is the exact eye placement for my size circle.
Next Boo Boo needs her ears! I printed a geometric shape then pinned that right onto the flannel. I stitched right through the paper. It is easier to sew fiddly little things like this directly through the paper. Cut out the ears along the colored outline. Gently pull off the paper. It should tear off along the perforation of the sewing line.
Trim, turn and topstitch each ear.
Pin ears, angling from each eye. NOTE: the outer edge of the ears will extend outside the circle. I designed it this way because again, these are fiddly and the edges tend to fray.
Next you will stay stitch along the drawn circle, securing the ears in place.
NOW you can trim out the circles! Cut just outside the stay stitch line.
Now you need a top and bottom to the back pocket. To make it easy, just make a solid panel!
For my circles, I use a 7" wide panel with 1/4" turn under.
Then cut the wide panel in half for a top and bottom.
Now lay the circles on the bottom panel. Be sure to have the seam allowance of the flannel to the outside so it will be turned inside.
Pin above the half way mark of the circle.
NOTE: this is still an assembly line! No fiddly cutting out at all!
Sew 1/4" in from the round edge.
Now you have stay stitched the diaper edge and have another pass inside that.
Next, add the top backing. Overlap the two back layers by an inch. You want that ice cube to stay in the pouch! Start sewing below the top addition to overlap at the 1" section.
Now you can cut out again.
.Zig-zag switch over the raw edges.
I use a W4.5, L1.5.
Turn right side out and kiss away the boo boos!
The history of Boo Boo Bear is long. I bought one when Sonny was a baby, some 30+ years ago.
I have made them over the years but somehow they went by the wayside. I was reminded about babies needing BooBoo Bears by Bentley crying 'crocodile tears' since he is pulling up and bumping his noggin.
I hope you have fun making a few to give away. Beware: you will be asked for more, so just godhead and make a few spares!
Blessings to all of you this Merry Season!