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How to Make Enchanting Miniature Teddy Bears You Can Love
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How to Make a Miniature Teddy Bear That is So Cute You Can't Put Him Down
I love bears, I always have. I have bears from 2.5cm through to a couple of feet high, yet until recently I had only ever made one bear and that was years ago and a complete disaster. This lens is set up to show all bear enthusiasts that they can make their own special bear!
Miniature bear making in some ways is more personal than making larger bears because you make them all by hand and you have to keep the stitches small and neat which was a challenge for me who isn't the most tidy seamstress in the world.
Photo by zyxoma
A Chance Encounter. How I Discovered Bear Making in Christchurch
Nearly a month in New Zealand and I hadn't seen one decent NZ made bear. I cleaned out the motor caravan hoping the rain would break. It was a fair way to the center. Short on time, I decided leave it and order the bear from home. I left New Zealand with only a small tourist bear.
Unexpectedly, I returned 11 months later. Determined that this time I would get my bear, I booked an overnight stay in Christchurch especially.
The evening sun warmed me as I rushed to where the two bear shops were one was open. Entering the small door, my heart jumped. The small room was stuffed full of -bears! No! Mostly dolls and other stuffed toys with a small shelf of quality bears. I rushed to buy one before they closed and left the shop disappointed. The experience just wasn't right.
The next morning I returned to the other shop. I couldn't believe my eyes - no bears!
I was leaving when the owner directed me upstairs.
His wife made the bears on site!
I spent the next hour chatting to her about bears, making bears and bear materials.
She showed me a half finished bear. As he was homeless, I adopted him, named him and had his outfit designed with a Kiwi bird.
I left the shop elated, determined that when I returned home I would learn to make my own bears.
A Useful Video on Making a Miniature Bear - Sewing limbs and paw pad
How to Sew limbs and paw pads.
My Favorite Book for Making Little Bears
Learning to make your own teddy bear can be a challenge, this helps you and is well explained and detailed with lots of tips that make life easier.
This books gives you everythng you need to know about making mini bears. It is even worth buying if you are a bear maker as there are tips that are specific to mini bears. It gives clear well thought out step by step guidelines. A really great book!
Creating A Miniature Teddy Bear For The First Time
With this amazing book I managed to create my first miniature bear with relative ease. It is clear, well laid out and easy to follow. The writer is an expert who helps your precious first bear come to life in your hands. She helps overcome the inevitable hiccups of a new project by showing you shortcuts and simple methods that save you time and cost that would otherwise only years of experience.
My first bear was called Ben, and hes really cute! Considering my only experience before was a bear at school years ago and one as a teenager. Neither of which were mini bears I was really pleased with the results.
Don't make the mistake of thinking that mini bears are faster to make because they are smaller, its just not so. Mini bears take more effort because they are smaller - and you have to sew them by hand! Yipes, my sewing is crap so I was worried about this, but the amazing invention of invisible thread helped my tentative efforts.
Ben is perfect - no really he is! Well to my eyes he is. One moment he was all parts and then a little face emerged then a small bear staring at me. Of course the bear experts would note that he was made by a beginner because no matter how hard I tried I couldn't get his eyes to sink in; a real give away to those in the know. But I kind of like his eyes sticking out it makes him endearing.
The next bear I made was even smaller.
This is great if you want to dress your bears.
Simple Choices Make the Difference
I found that although it was more expensive that it was worth using mohair from the vary beginning as it simply improved the overall look of my finished bear.
There are some things you need to get started. A very long needle.
Mohair in your color of choice. Personally I would choose a fairly neutral color one that doesn't make your eyes got funny while sewing. With smaller bears try to use shorter fur as it will make life easier and look better on the bear.
Curved tools for poking in the wool and stuffing the bear.
Twine for sewing, different bears need different things but invisible is good very good if you don't have the neatest stitches in the world.