Julie Baines, of Mullumbimby, has knitted 40 teddy bears for the victims of Victoria's deadly bushfires.
Julie Baines, of Mullumbimby, has knitted 40 teddy bears for the victims of Victoria's deadly bushfires.

Woolly bear comfort for fire victims

Forty knitted teddy bears created by Julie Baines, of Mullumbimby, will make their way to children caught in the aftermath of Victoria's bushfires.

Creating the bears is a hobby for Julie, who intended to send the bears to an orphanage in the Philippines, but when the news of the extent of the bushfires filtered through she decided Victoria's children needed them more.

“I've been making them for years and would make them for my own children,” Julie said.

“I now make them for my grand-children and my grand-nephews.

“I just keep making them.”

Julie said she loves knitting and every night she knew no better way to relax than to take up her knitting needles while watching the telly.

And every night she creates one knitted teddy bear, stuffs it with acrylic wadding and ties a pretty ribbon around its neck.

On Thursday, February 12, a box containing the 40 bears arrived at The Byron News office for shipment to Victoria's fire victims.

Julie said she found the pattern for teddy bears in a magazine.

“I know it off by heart now and don't even have to look at what I'm doing,” she said.

“The kids love them.

“I feel for the people in Victoria who have lost everything and I think the kids will find comfort in holding them.”

• There has been a huge response from the Byron Shire to an appeal in The Northern Star for fire victims.


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