Friday, July 14, 2017

Paddington Thrift Store Make Over




Happy Friday everyone! I gave my vintage Paddington a makeover. He turned out more fabulous than I thought he would! I absolutely love him.

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Flashback to 2014

In 2014 I found this miniature Paddington in a thrift store. I loved him even though his coat was all faded and falling apart. It was obvious he had been sitting on a windowsill for years where the sun took a toll.
Here's an excerpt from my blog post the day I found him,
"My son and I went for a walk today and about 15 minutes after we started out the sun came out in full force and wow, it got super hot! We were not dressed for that kind of weather so we ducked into a thrift store to escape the heat. As I was wandering about I spotted this bear laying at the bottom of an empty sorting cart. Whoever was loading the shelves left him behind and didn't put him out for sale so it was my lucky day! The lady there pretty much just let me have him charging only a quarter so he really was a thrifty find."
He is 2 inches tall. His foot is stamped, Eden. He's flocked with no moving parts. His hat is removeable.

Tomorrow never comes...

I planned on fixing him up but you know how things go, tomorrow leads to another tomorrow and soon I forgot about him.  3 years went by when I found him again the other night in a junk box.

Please look after this bear!

 I decided that now is the time, no more leaving him in a junk box! After all his tag reads, "Please look after this bear, thank you." And that's what I intended to do. It didn't take much but did take a bit of time.. and finally, just after midnight he was done. 




How I did it
I made the new coat by cutting wee sections of fabric. A section for the back, front and arms. I really didn't want to sew anything since it's so hard to do that on such tiny things. I used glue for everything. I  rolled the ends of each section first, making seams, then glued the seams to hold them and glued each section to the bear. I added bits of fabric for the collar.
I painted his  faded yellow hat with acrylic craft paint then used a clear spray on sealer over the paint. The buttons are toothpicks that I cut and added a line with a pen to make it look like his coat is buttoned up.





He's a traveling bear

His first trip was to the B&B where Aunt Katri greeted hm at the door.
She said,
"Hello, little Bear. You look hungry. Would you like to come in and have some stew? Can I take your coat. My, what a wonderful coat it is!"
Paddington replied, 
"Yes please! I am indeed very hungry today. I have been trying to get here for 3 years. I was held up in a place where it was dark. My coat was dusty and old.. it made me sneeze. This morning when I woke up the sun was shining. I had a new coat and ..."
He went on to tell her all about it, interrupting himself to tell her the stew smells delicious!


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1 comment:

  1. Paddington Bear is sooo cute! I'm glad you are looking after him.

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