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Project -- 8" Jointed Bear
Wegelin, Julie Wegelin's
To print out your
pattern pieces, go to this page.
The pattern sheet should print out to fit an 8 1/2" x
11" piece of paper if you want to make the 8" teddy
bear. To check to see if your pattern pieces are the right scale
for the 8" bear, your ear piece should be 1 9/16" wide
at the base and 1 5/16" high. If you can't get your
pattern to print to scale, try saving the graphic and adjusting
its size in a graphics editing program.
- 1/4 - yd fur 1/2" pile or
5/8" pile (Note: See Bear
Facts for tips on choosing fur.)
- 1/4 low temp woven fusible
interfacing (for knit back fabric only)
- black embroidery thread
- bonded nylon thread
- 2 small buttons for eyes
- 4 buttons (5/8") for joints
- 1/2 yd 1/4" ribbon
- kapok or firm pack poly stuffing
- 4" doll needle
Cutting: Important -- follow cutting
layout. Watch nap! The nap of the fur should go down!
- Trace pattern pieces on the wrong side
of the fabric. Be sure to trace a right and left of all
- Cut out bear parts, cutting carefully
inside traced lines.
- Knit fabric only -- test iron on scrap
of fur. Fuse interfacing to back of arms, legs, front and
back body sectionals
Sewing: All seams are 1/4"
- With right sides together, sew bear
parts following the diagram leaving openings for turning.
Tuck fur into the seams! Back stitch at the
beginning and end of all seams.
- Sew front body sections from A to B.
Sew back body sections from D to B. Leave an opening for
turning. Clip curves.
- Pin forehead to front body at A
markings. With the forehead on top, sew from A to C.
Repeat for other side of head.
- Finish body matching points D and B,
pin. Sew down one side from D to B. Repeat for other
side. Clip curves.
Groom seams: Using doll needle, work on
the wrong side of the bear. Pull fur trapped in seam out of the
seam. Turn bear parts right side out. Check seams and pull any
fur pile trapped in seams to the right side.
Stuffing: Using small amounts of
- Stuff the muzzle. When muzzle is firm,
work towards the back of the head stuffing the head
firmly. Do not stuff neck area.
- Stuff the hip area packing the
stuffing very firmly to support leg joint.
- Stuff the tummy and butt.
- Stuff shoulder area, working from the
front to the back. Do not force stuffing into the neck.
Sew opening closed with ladder stitch.
- Stuff arms and legs. Sew openings
closed. With ladder stitch.
Putting it all together:
- Attach the legs: Thread doll
needle with a double thread at least 24" long. Sew
legs onto body in this order: button, leg, body, leg,
- Squeeze the gap area to set the legs
in close to the body. Pass through the body at least 4
times filling all the holes in the buttons. Knot thread
between leg and body. Hide the thread ends.
- Sew arms to body in same manner.
- Ears: whip stitch raw edges of ear.
Position ear on head. Ladder stitch ear in place. Sew
across front of ear and across back of ear. Knot thread
and hide tails. Repeat for other ear.
- Face -- With
embroidery thread, stitch a mouth. Stick needle in at #1,
out at #2 in at #3 (mouth), out at #4 in at #5. The mouth
is finished -- do not cut thread go onto nose.
- Nose -- carefully trim away fur
where nose will be. Satin stitch nose -- make sure that
the stitches are exactly next to each other. Start satin
stitch in at #1, out at A. In at #2, out at A. In at #3,
out at A. Continue until nose is covered with tightly
spaced stitches. Alternate from side to side to keep nose
- Eyes -- Thread doll needle with
double length of nylon thread. With the button in the
middle of the length of thread, fill all the holes of the
button, un-thread needle. Repeat for second eye. Thread
all four ends of thread from one of the eyes through the
doll needle. Enter the bears head from the eye
position and exit at back, pull threads tight setting
eyes into the head. Tie four threads from the right eye
and four threads from the left eye into a square knot.
Hide thread tails.
- Tie ribbon around bears neck and
give him a name! For safety sake this bear is not child
proof. Use safety eyes and child proof joints to make
bear child safe.
information on Julie Wegelin's Sewing Cellar
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