How to sew a bear?
If you decide to try yourself as a toy master, the first thing you should think about is how to sew a toy bear. It makes sense to sew a bear according to the prototype of a classic Steiff bear with rotating limbs and a head. Visually, it is a bear cub, standing on its hind legs.
How to sew a bear with your own hands
Since this toy has a number of components, plus attachments for the paws and the head, the sewing process seems more complicated. But it is not so. If you correctly perform a sequence of actions and make the right pattern, then this process will not be difficult. In this article we will learn how to sew a teddy bear and the main stages of this process. The main thing is to keep the proportions of the toy. The length of the body should be twice the length of the head. Paws - one and a half times more, respectively.
Creating a pattern
First you need to take the tracing paper and move it to all the necessary details. To make the bear look more natural, draw the direction of the pile above the details of the cut. Mark the details with lettering.When transferring parts of the head and paws, mark the places of the holes for fastening, and on the head pattern, mark the places of the future eyes.
If you want to sew a classic bear cub of 15 cm in size, you will need a fleece fabric or fur of 25 x 35 cm in size. For simplicity, choose a not very “thick” fabric. Perform the pattern itself is on the wrong side, not forgetting the direction of the pile.
The denser the fabric, the harder it is to cut out paired parts. If a thinner fabric can be folded in half and cut the paws, then on the more dense materials need to cut out them separately. It is better to rotate the details of the pattern in the "mirror" display, so it will be more accurate.
There are no seam allowances on the pattern, so add them. It is better to add 5 mm. In the places where the attachments will be made, make the corresponding holes with a needle or scissors. Please note that some places should be left unstitched for further stuffing toys.
Manufacturing and assembly of parts
- Having turned the cut parts of the paws and torso with a nap inwards, begin to sew the torso. Sew the middle front seam, but leave the back seam unstitched, as the fasteners and gasket will be inserted there.
- Sew the details of the paws.Attach the finished paws to the body, making sure that both the legs and the body are turned out on the wrong side. Sew the lower paws, having preliminarily stitched the heel and sock parts of the toy Turn the finished paws out and sew to the body. Fill the filler to the middle.
- Upper legs also turn out the seamy side and stitch. All decorative elements of paws should be sewn pre and separate. Sew the upper legs to the body and, twisting out, tamp with a filler to half.
- Assembling the head consists of parts of the sides and nose. Sew the side parts to the base of the neck. Connect the remaining halves of the nose along the middle suture. Turn the finished toy head out. Stuff your head through the neck opening.
- Now you can insert the mount, allowing the head and paws to move. These are usually simple bolts on a cardboard disc. Bolts are fixed inside the paws and head through the hole filler as tightly as possible. After which the holes are sutured. Bases of fastenings are fixed inside the body by filler.
- Now you can sew ears and eyes of a bear. To add expressiveness to a toy, you can use an utika reception.To do this, some parts of the head are sutured with thread, especially around the eyes and nose. This is how the effect of the eye sockets and more extensive nose is obtained. Also thanks to this technique you can add facial expressions to a bear cub. If you make a tie around the edges of the head, it will visually add a smile.
Now the bear is ready. This brief instruction shows how to sew a bear for a gift to someone or just for yourself. Try it.