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
Stuffing stick or chop stick
Long-nosed pliers or a cotter-key for making joints
(available from specialist bear-making suppliers.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
You can now add the joints to the body at the points
marked and to the arms and legs as shown on the pattern.
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.
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.