When I was a child, my favourite teddy was a long-legged doll-like thing that could wrap its arms around me and give me a good hug. Her name was Susie. Later, when I had children of my own, I told them about her. My daughter also wanted a ‘Susie’, so I made her one as best I could with my somewhat limited sewing abilities.
This was the starting point for a whole line-up of more or less lopsided and wacky soft teddies and dolls. My daughter and son would each make a life-size drawing of their dream teddy, and then I would sew them as well as I could. It was really fun, and today, with the children all grown up, they are neatly tucked away in fine boxes.