Designed by Lynette and Paul Littlejohn,
Thomas is a cute curly-haired hugster waiting to be hugged!
Thomas is a terrific ted with oodles of charm!
Sewn from soft wavy mohair hes extremely cuddly and
would be a welcome addition to any hug! Hes simple to
make with our step by step instructions and once complete
stands 38cm (15) tall. Why not dig out your sewing box
1/2 metre of mohair
Strong thread to match,
for fixing eyes and closing seams
Ultrasuede for paw pads
3 x 45mm hardboard joint
sets for arm and head (including the self locking nuts
2 x 50mm hardboard joint
sets for legs (including the self locking nuts and bolts)
2 plain nuts for the
1 pair of 11mm black
Black perle cotton for
1/4 (5mm) seam
allowance is included in the pattern pieces
and familiarise yourself with all the instructions before
you start. Trace or photocopy the pattern pieces, pasting
them onto cardboard. Check the pile direction of the
mohair marking the back with an arrow in the pile direction.
On the reverse side arrange your pattern pieces and
draw around all of them, transferring markings such
as openings and joint holes. Make sure you have all
the pieces, and that they have been reversed where necessary
before cutting out. Using sharp scissors cut out pieces,
cutting the backing only not the mohair pile. Next cut
out the paw and footpads from the ultrasuede. Carefully
trim the pile away from all the seam allowances. I find
this very important as it gives lovely neat seams.
Stitch the top and bottom darts in both body pieces.
With right sides together, pin then stitch from E right
round to D, leaving a small opening at the top dart area
for the head and in the back for jointing and stuffing.
Using an awl make a small hole in the body where marked
for the legs, leave the holes for the arm joints at this
stage. Sew the paw pads to the inside arms F to G. pin
and stitch the inner arm to the outer arm leaving open
where marked, for turning and stuffing.
Fold the leg in half right sides together, then pin and
stitch the pieces leaving the opening where marked for
turning and stuffing. Leave the foot pad open too. Make
sure you have a joint mark on the opposite sides of each
pair so that you have a right leg and a left leg.
Fold the ultrasuede footpad in half and mark on the wrong
side of the centre points of the toe and heel. Pin the
foot pad into place easing it in gently and aligning the
toe and heel points as you go. When you are happy tack
into place and finally hand sew using very small back
stitches and extra strong thread. Using an awl make a
small hole on the inner leg where marked for the joint,
then turn right sides out.
With right sides together, pin and stitch the ears around
the curved edge only, turn right sides out, and oversew
the straight edges together. To make the head, with right
sides together sew under the chin seam, from neck to nose
A to B. I stitch this seam twice for extra strength. Pin
the head gusset into place easing it in gently and matching
A at the nose and C at the neck opening, then tack this
seam into place. I then hand stitch using very small stitches
and extra strong thread from the top of the head around
the nose area and back to the top of the head on the other
side. Machine stitch the remainder of both the seams from
the top of the head down to the neck opening. Leave the
neck open between B and C. Turn right sides out.
Stuff the head firmly paying particular attention to
the nose area - it makes embroidering the nose easier.
Using strong doubled thread run a gathering stitch around
the open neck edge. Assemble the head joint as follows
- fit a plain washer to the bolt and super glue in to
place. Next fit the hardboard disk and glue to the washer.
Once dry insert the joint into the head, then pull up
gathered stitches tightly and tie off passing the threads
back through the head to secure.
Trim your nose area and using a long piece of black perle,
embroider the nose. I usually put two or three layers
of vertical stitching starting from the middle to one
side and then from the middle to the other side and then
back across the whole nose again. I also outline the finished
nose with perle thread. Leave inserting the mouth until
the desired eye positions with glass headed pins and make
a small hole with the awl. I like to place them just outside
the gusset seam. Cut a long length of strong thread, double
it and attach the eye to the centre of the threads. Trim
the ends of the threads to leave four ends. Thread these
ends into a long doll makers needle and pass it
diagonally down through the eye position and exiting on
the opposite side of the head next to the joint. Pull
the eye into the head, then make the eyehole bigger with
your awl if you need to so that the wire of the eye sits
down into the head, but do not tie off at this stage.
Repeat with the other eye. Check that the eyes are level,
and balanced with the nose.
Re-thread two threads onto the
needle, pass back through the same hole and out of the
head again approximately 2/3mm from the first threads.
Pull each eye down tightly and knot several times, then
sew the ends back into the head to lose them. Now is the
time to trim your teddys face back to the desired
length, remembering to remove a small amount at a time.
It will not re-grow if you remove too much! Now the face
is trimmed you can mark the shape and position of the
mouth with pins and embroider using the same perle thread
as the nose, once finished carefully trim away any excess
fur from the mouthline. His ears can now be pinned and
then ladder stitched into place.
Now attach the head to the body by passing the neck bolt
through the top of the body, add a hardboard disc followed
by a plain washer then the first plain nut. Tighten this
nut firmly then add the second plain nut and tighten again
holding the first nut still as you do so. Finish off with
a drop of superglue between the last nut and the bolt.
Next attach his legs where marked doing the nut and bolt
joints up firmly. Find the markings for his arms, they
may need to be moved slightly so that your teddys
arms are not sitting too high. When happy with the positioning,
attach the arms to the body, once again doing the nut
and bolt joints up firmly
- Stuff each limb firmly and close all the
seams with ladder stitch. To finish, stuff the body with
a little polyester filling around all the joint areas and
his neck and chest area and then fill his tummy with the
pellets. Add more polyester to stop the pellets coming out
as you close up his back using ladder stitch. Now is the
time to embroider the claws onto Thomas paw pads,
if you wish. Finally give him a good brush all over, add
a large flamboyant ribbon and give Thomas a big hug.
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