Now that Christmas is behind us, I can share a couple of secrets. The kind that you keep before Christmas arrives. The kind that you hint at but try keep a mystery. The kind that add to the holiday merriment.
In this post I will share one I kept. In the next post, I will share one that was kept from me.
My secret involves - da-d-da-daaaaa - teddy bears.
Last year about this time of year, my mother passed away. I miss her every single day. One thing that my family and I discovered among her things was a cache of aprons she had made. Some were from our childhood for those times we helped her in the kitchen. We think one or two belonged to my Grandmother. Some were holiday aprons made from Christmas prints. Other styles reflected the era in which they were sewn. My mom wore them when she was cooking or working with something that was messy. She also shared them if she knew of someone who might want or need one. There was always, always an apron for the person who ended up being the dishwasher!
The secret is what I chose to call The Apron Bears. In my mom’s sewing stash, we found scraps of fabric from various projects. Some were from aprons she had made. These fell into my possession with the thought being the prints might be good for teddy bears. And, of course, they were. They were good for aprons for bears!
I made a bear for each of my sisters and my dad. Since I often do handwork while visiting with my family, they did not know at the time I was making their Christmas gifts right in front of them. When I completed the bears I made each one an apron made from leftover apron fabric or her clothing. The teddies stand six inches tall and each one is unique just like my family. I think my mom would have loved these bears!