Friday, February 22, 2013

How to string join the limbs of a bear


If you ever wondered how to string join the limbs of your small bear... here's how.

Once you have your teddy cut, sewn and stuffed, and of course, you have also joined the head to the body with a couple of discs and cotter pin(s); you can start joining the limbs to the body.
To do this you’ll need a fairly long piece of upholstery thread, a doll needle (long enough to go from one side to the other of the body), and a few pins to mark where the limbs will be attached to the body.
With double upholstery thread on your needle and a nice knot, insert needle at the side of the body where one of the legs will be sewn to. Make a knot to secure the thread.
Then insert the needle from one side to the other of the pin of the leg. About  a 0.5cm – 1/8” stitch.
Insert the needle and thread back into the body (where you’ve started)
And through the body coming out where the other pin is (that’s where the other leg will be attached).
Pull thread tight and make a couple of knots to secure.
Make a stitch with the needle from one side to the other of the pin of the leg (like you did with the first leg)
Insert the needle and thread back into the body, coming out across the other side of the body, where the opposite arm will be attached (my index is pointing where the needle should come out).
Pull thread tight and make a couple of knots to secure.
Make a stitch with the needle from one side to the other of the pin of the arm (like you did with the legs)
 
Insert the needle and thread back where the knot is, and through the body coming out where the other pin is (that’s where the other arm will be attached).
Pull thread tight and make a couple of knots to secure.
Make a stitch with the needle from one side to the other of the pin of the arm (like you did with the first arm)
Insert the needle and thread back into the body coming out at the back seam of the body.
Pull thread tight and finish off with a couple of knots. Cut excess thread off… and you’re done!
Your little bear is now ready to give you a hug or wait to be dressed…!
 

20 comments:

  1. These are small little cuties for you Mon. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you Kay... they're a new pattern coming up in Bear Tales... so keep an eye on them... :0) Love and hugs,
      Mon.

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  2. Aaaw, thank you so much for this tutorial, I wish I had had this earlier! I always had to fight to do it that way. As always, the tiny teddies are super-cute. And the colour of your nails just matches the teddy - at least on my monitor! :-) Well done! Regards from Switzerland, Doris & the Alba Bears

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    1. Thank you Doris... :0))
      I really didn't think of matching my nails to the little bear on the photos, but now that you've mentioned it... What a coincidence... LOL
      Hope in the future this tutorial will save you the headaches you get... :0)
      Bear hugs,
      Mon.

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  3. Hello, what a beautiful bear! The tutorial is interesting! There is a pattern available? Greetings, Rose Marie

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    1. Dear RoseMarie,
      Thank you for your comment.. :0)
      This pattern is called "BearyTink", and was made specially for a magazine called Bear Tales and can only be purchased through www.bearessence.com.au
      Bear hugs,
      Mon.

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  4. thank you so much Monica for thsi tutorial. see you soon big hugs.

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  5. Merci pour le tuto! J'essaierai sans traverser le bras ou la jambe dorénavant!!!

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  6. Love this Moni! As always, thank you so much!!

    Louise

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  7. Hi mon can u tell me what bear pattern this is. They are so cute
    Regards Kellie

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    1. Dear Kellie,
      This pattern is called "BearyTink", and was made specially for a magazine called Bear Tales and can only be purchased through www.bearessence.com.au
      Bear hugs,
      Mon.

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  8. Your bears are gorgeous. Your site is very inspiring and I cant wait to try to make my own teddy. I collect teddy bears and teddy things, plese visit my site
    devyanditaerliena.blospot.com. Thank u..

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  9. Ciao, bears eccezionalmente belli ♡♥♡♥♡♥♡!!!
    Rosarita

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  10. Спасибо за ваши уроки, у вас потрясающие медведи!

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  11. Well, these are very useful tutorial for making bears and one should try these tips to make some good teddy bears.

    Teddy Bear Shop

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  12. Thanks for sharing your tutorial. Very helpful for those who love making teddy bears. =)

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  13. wow,..
    what a wonderful art it was,..
    It's a perfect handmade teddy,.
    traditional crafts

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