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santa-teddy-2Here’s one of many absolutely wonderful entries so far in Stockland’s Christmas Craft Competition!

This teddy santa comes from reader Christine Vick, who puts her hard work toward a great cause.

“I have been knitting these teddies for years for sick and underprivileged children,” she says.

“Last Christmas I adapted the pattern to give as a donation to a school in Bali”.

Got your own Christmas craft to share?

Simply send us a photo below and you could win some great prizes from Stockland Retirement Living. Large or small, simple or complex; all entries are welcome!

We’d love to see the craft projects you have created this silly season. The top five picks will win double gold class movie passes!

It could even be something simple that has a story behind it – such as a DIY Christmas decoration you created with your grandchild, or a craft item from a previous Christmas that brings up special memories. If it’s handmade with love, we’d be delighted to see your handiwork!


To enter into the running, simply fill out the form below by December 13, 2015. Attach a photo of your craft and tell us what it means to you (and if you want, give us instructions on how to make it to have it featured on the site). 

Five winners will receive 2 x Gold Class movie tickets. We can’t wait to see your wonderful work!

Click here to read the Terms & Conditions.



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  1. Would love the pattern please

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    • This is the original pattern supplied for trauma teddies by Tight Knit World. I knitted the hat and lightly stuffed it and then sewed it on separately.

    • Thank you so much Chrissie, I have so much spare wool and I will really enjoy making these, thanks again for sharing, cheers Jackie

  2. Knit or crochet new Christmas decorations/toys each year for the family; plus I knit and crochet through the year for a lovely charity ‘Boxes for Christmas’ they provide Christmas gifts for aged care residents who have no family or visitors to share Christmas with.

  3. Yes, I too have made Teddies for Tragedies. They are fun to make and a very rewarding pastime. 🙂

  4. I saw a lot of these teddies on f/b lastnight and I think the red cross volunteers were knitting them …how kind!

  5. Sometimes I do but with house renos I don’t know where things are and time is at a premium.

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