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Today is National American Teddy Bear Day! It celebrates the "birth" of America's beloved companion, the teddy bear. Legend says that President Theodore ("Teddy") Roosevelt spared the life of a little bear cub while hunting in 1902. Treat a small teddy bear to some handmade "teddy togs" -- without a stitch of sewing! The secret is to use felt, that versatile fabric that can be cut and fashioned without fraying.

What you'll need:

  • Felt in assorted colors (usually sold in 9x12-inch pieces)
  • Sharp scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or marker
  • Decorative accents such as rickrack, buttons and small embroidered patches
  • Fabric glue

What you'll do:

To make a teddy bear vest, hold a sheet of felt against the bear's "back" and use a pencil to make a mark where the bear's arms are. Cut a small "X" at each mark, and gently ease the felt over the bear's arms. Trim the felt into a curve around the bear's neck.

If your girl teddy bear wants a skirt, cut a slit in the center of a felt square that is just big enough to fit snugly around your bear's waist. Use scissors to "even up" the bottom of the skirt. You can also make a poncho with this method, cutting the slit just large enough to fit around the bear's neck.

For a teddy bear scarf, cut a long length of felt that will wrap around the bear's neck. For a hat, cut a felt circle roughly the size of your bear's head, then cut two slits that are just big enough to fit over the bear's ears.

Add a fringe to any of these bear fashions by cutting one-inch slits along the bottom edge, about a half-inch apart. Glue on decorative accents, if desired.

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