Sweetheart designed by Chubby Cubs

True romantics will love this sentimental teddy. Sewn from soft brown mohair, she is decorated with a ruffle trimmed with ribbon roses and wears a delightful heart-shaped pendant around her neck. Once complete she measures 25cm (10") tall. Follow Colin and Marie Black's instructions and Sweetheart could soon be on her way to your collection.

Click here to download the pattern templates

You will need:

  • Approximately ¼ metre of mohair
  • 15cm x 15cm square of matching felt (or suedette)
  • Sewing thread to match the backing of the chosen fur
  • Black perle cotton embroidery thread for nose
  • Small amount of fibrefill and small amount of glass beads (available from specialist bear-making suppliers.)
  • Five 25mm cotter pin joints
  • One pair of 7mm black glass eyes
  • Scissors
  • Long needle
  • Stuffing stick or chop stick
  • Long-nosed pliers or a cotter-key for making joints (available from specialist bear-making suppliers.)

Step by step

  1. Read all the instructions before you begin. All seams allowances are ¼" (6mm) unless otherwise stated. Trace the pattern pieces onto thin card and cut out. Remember that certain pattern pieces are cut in reverse, as stated on the pattern. Keep the original pattern intact as you may need to refer to it. Cut out the notches and pierce the holes in the cardboard for the eye and joint positions. Mark the arrows to indicate the pile direction.

  2. Lay your fabric the wrong side up, with the pile running towards you. Arrange the pattern pieces on the fabric with the arrows following the pile direction. Draw around the pattern, reversing the pieces where necessary. Transfer the marking for the joint positions and notches. Before cutting, double check that you have marked the pieces out correctly.

  3. To make the head, first sew a dart in the neck, then with rights sides together, pin and sew the side heads together from A to B. Sew the head gusset in two stages, with right sides together, pin and sew the gusset to one side of the head from A to C. Then do the same on the other side. Turn rights sides out. Leave the base of the neck open. Now you can stuff the head, taking care to shape it as you go along. Try to avoid making any lumpy areas. Using long thread, make a running stitch around the base of the neck, placing in a joint before closing the thread tightly.

  4. To make the ears, with right sides together, pin and sew the two ear sections together, turn right sides out. Turn under the bottom edge of ear and stitch closed. Position the ear on the head and attach it with a ladder stitch.

  5. To sew the nose, use black embroidery thread either in the style indicated or one of your choice. Carefully trim the mohair back to the lining around the nose, eye and mouth area.

  6. The eyes are crucial to the bear's overall personality and great care should be taken in the positioning of them to obtain the right look. Position the eyes, as in the pattern, and make a small hole where they are to be placed. Using strong doubled thread and a long needle, pass the needle and thread through the loop at the back of the eye.

  7. Pass the needle and thread through the head to appear behind the opposite ear (i.e right ear to left and vice versa). Pull the thread fairly tightly, assisting with pressure on the eye using your thumb, and finish off securely behind the ear. Knot the thread a few times.

  8. To make the legs, fold right sides together, start sewing from the bottom of the leg around the entire leg, leaving an opening as indicated. Mark the centre of the foot pad and place the foot pad in the opening at the bottom of the foot. Centralise the foot pad and sew it in, turn the leg to the right side.

  9. To make the arms, first sew the pads to the inner arm, then fold right sides together, pin the outer arms to the inner and sew round the entire arm, leaving an opening as indicated on the pattern.

  10. To make the body, take the two body pieces and place each body piece right sides together, then sew round each side seam leaving and opening for stuffing, turn the body onto the right side.

  11. You can now add the joints to the body at the points marked and to the arms and legs as shown on the pattern.

  12. Finish your bear by giving him a lovely big bow or ruffle for his neck if you like. Don't forget to tease out all the hairs from the seams and give him a gentle brush all over.

Tips

  • How you stuff your bear is important to his finished feel and look. The head should be filled solidly with filler taking care to ensure that the nose is very firmly stuffed to provide a good base on which to sew the nose. Fill evenly to avoid any lumpy areas.

  • If you decide to fill the arms with a mixture of poly-fibre, and plastic pellets, then stuff the upper and lower arms and legs with poly-fibre and leave the central areas for plastic pellets. Cover with a small piece of fibre fill over the opening to avoid the pellets coming out when sewing the seams up. If you are going to fill your bear's body partially with plastic pellets, there are several ways you can do it. You can fill the belly only, leaving it a little under-filled to achieve a slouched look, remember that the head will also flop because the stuffing at the upper neck area will drop slightly. You can counter this by running through with your long needle at the shoulder level from shoulder to shoulder and from front to back. This will help to hold up the filling. The alternative to this is to solid stuff the body.

  • Mohair can sometimes be stubborn and even though you may have cut your pattern pieces out correctly it may not lie right particularly at the seams to overcome this dampen the mohair and lightly train in with a teasle brush, then leave to dry, brushing out again.

Bear Facts

A kit containing all the materials needed to make Sweetheart is available from Chubby Cubs priced at £25 including postage (UK only). A ready-made Sweetheart can also be purchased for £45. To order: send a cheque made payable to Chubby Cub Bears at 28 Maunleigh, Forest Town, Mansfield, Notts, NG19 OPP.