1/2 metre of mohair (I
have used short sparse mohair - but this pattern would
look equally as good in a more dense, or even curly mohair).
5 pairs of locking nut
and bolt joints or cotter pins if preferred
10mm glass eyes
Sewing thread to match
the backing of the mohair
Polyester filler and either
pellets or glass beads for the tummy
Toning fabric for the
paw pads (wool felt, ultrasuede or suedette are ideal)
A 3mm (1/4) seam allowance
is included on all pattern pieces
Trace all the pattern
pieces and transfer to thin card, remembering to mark
the points shown for the joints. Identify the direction
of the pile of the mohair and place the pattern pieces
on the material, following the direction of the arrows.
Draw round all
the pattern pieces on the reverse side of the mohair using
a pencil or marker pen - again remember to mark the position
of the joints. Do the same for all the paw pads.
Cut out the pads
and paws, then cut out the bear using sharp, pointed scissors.
Cut only the backing and not the pile. Check that you
have all of the pieces. Trim away 1/4" of mohair
around all of the cut out pattern pieces.
With right sides
together, stitch the side head pieces from the tip of
the nose to the neck (A to B). Pin the head gusset in
place, matching A to A, and stitch. With right sides together,
pin and stitch around the ear, leaving open where indicated.
Pin and sew the
paw pads to the inner arm pieces, then attach the inner
arm to the outer arm, leaving a gap where shown for jointing
and filling. With right sides together, pin and sew leg
pieces together, leaving a gap for filling, and the feet
open in order to attach the foot pads. To sew in the foot
pads, line up the centre front and back markings on the
pads with the front and back leg seams and pin. Pin all
the way round the foot pad. Place the foot pad downwards
on the sewing machine plate, (as though the bear is standing
up), and sew around the foot.
Pin together and
sew darts 1 to 2 and 3 to 4 on each of the body pieces.
With right sides together, pin and sew the body pieces
together, leaving a gap as shown for stuffing, and a small
space at the neck edge in order to insert the joint. Comb
out all the seams of each of the body parts from the wrong
side first of all. Turn the pieces the right way out and
comb again from this side.
filler and a stuffing tool, stuff the head very firmly...fill
the nose area first with small bits of filler, and then
the rest of the head. Assemble the head joint and place
in the neck. Sew a running stitch all the way around the
neck edge using doubled strong thread. Pull up tightly
to encompass the joint. Make several tight back stitches
around the gathered area and tie off.
Using two glass-headed
pins, experiment with the eye positions. Once you have
decided where you want them, make two holes with an awl
and insert the eyes.
with the ears until you get the right look for your bear,
pinning the ears on at different angles. Once you are
happy with them, attach them using ladder stitch by working
along the outside of the ear and then the inside. Once
securely in place, release any trapped fur with the needle
or a comb.
Neaten the muzzle
area by trimming away the fur around the nose and mouth.
Many different looks can be achieved by trimming either
more, or less hair away. Using the nose thread, mark out
the position of the nose with a few horizontal and vertical
stitches as a guide. Fill in the nose area working from
top to bottom, finishing with the mouth.
Attach the head
to the body by inserting the head joint through the hole
in the neck of the body and securing from inside the body.
Attach the legs and arms by making small holes on the
points you marked on the inside of the limbs and inserting
one half of the joints inside all four limbs. Make four
holes on the points you marked on the body and attach
the limbs. Secure the joints from the inside of the body.
Stuff the paws,
feet and top of the limbs (the joint area) quite firmly.
Fill out the rest of the limbs using polyester filler,
or for a more scrunchy feel, pellets or glass beads. Using
strong thread, ladder stitch the gaps in the limbs and
fasten off securely. Using polyester filler, stuff the
bear's bottom and neck firmly. Fill his tummy with pellets
or glass beads. Finally, ladder stitch the gap closed.