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A Pack to Carry Teddy

Magazine article Sunset

A Pack to Carry Teddy

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A pack to carry teddy

Bear packs let a youngster take his favorite furry friend along on hikes or bike rides and still have his hands free for snacking, steering, or swinging on a branch. We designed these packs for teddy bears about 20 inches long; they're essentially a pair of old pants with suspender-like straps mounted to the sides and back. You can adjust measurements and pants size to fit most teddy bears.

The idea for these packs came from Florence Goguely of Los Altos, California, whose four-year-old, Theo, asked her to make a pack for his favorite bear. You'll need a pair of old pants (about size 2T), 26 inches of 1-inch-wide elastic belting, 44 inches of 1-inch-wide webbing, a simple buckle that a child can lock and unlock easily (see picture above), scissors, thread, and a needle or sewing machine.

Start by cutting off the legs of the pants so they fit the bear, then hem them. Cut the elastic belting into two 13-inch-long pieces. …

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