My friend asked me to make a softie for her sister-in-law who is expecting her first baby. She brought me a dark purple shirt that has special meaning for their family and wanted me to use it somehow. We decided on a bear so it would be gender neutral as the new mom doesn't know the sex of the baby. But I just couldn't do it. I kept seeing that purple fabric as a dress with a crisp white collar.
So here she is all dressed up for the baby shower:
Since Baby was so much help for me here, I've been calling her Baby Bear. The only thing I am slightly unhappy with is the way her arms open towards her back when she's held my her body. We'll just say she's looking for a big bear hug.