Cute bears to sew from felt

These cute felt bears are easy to sew in a range of colours, and even make a fun project for kids.

By Claire Garland

Cute bears to sew from felt
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Bears in waistcoats

Peekaboo! These cute, cheeky bear necessities are simple enough for children to enjoy sewing, and they're also quick to make for craft fairs or stocking fillers. Create them in your favourite colours.

You need:
• Felt: two 30 x 15 cm (12 x 6 in) pieces for body of each bear
• Felt scraps for muzzle and waistcoat
• Black seed beads for eyes
• Black embroidery silk for facial features
• Toy stuffing
Templates (bear should be approximately 8-1/4 in/21 cm high)

Take a look at a larger image of the finished bears.

Note: The seam allowance throughout is 3 mm (1/8 in).

To make:
Body
1. With right sides together, pin the front body to the back body. Stitch around the bear, leaving a gap at the side between the dots.
2. Trim about 2 mm (1/16 in) from the seam.
3. Stuff the bear, packing the stuffing into the ears, arms, and legs. Turn the seam allowance around the gap to the inside and slipstitch the gap to close it.

Face
4. Place the muzzle on the face and whipstitch the edges, leaving a small gap. Stuff lightly through the gap, and then complete the sewing around the muzzle.
5. With three strands of embroidery silk, satin stitch the nose and sew lines for the mouth. Take the needle and thread up through the back of the muzzle and bring it out at the position of one of the eyes. Sew on a bead securely. Repeat for the other eye.
6. To accentuate the shape of the bear's head, stitch around the outline of the head, through all layers, about 3 mm (1/8 in) from the edge and across the bottom of the face. Use a thread in the same colour as the felt, and a running stitch. Stitch another line across the base of the ears.

Waistcoat
7. Butt the side seam edges of the waistcoat against each other and whipstitch together. (If you wish, you could decorate the waistcoat with beads or felt motifs.)



Excerpted from Toys to Sew by Claire Garland. Copyright 2006 by Claire Garland. Excerpted with permission from Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced except with permission in writing from the publisher.




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