Wednesday, March 6, 2013

I can make a bear too!

I always wanted to make a bear when I was younger but could never do it cause I didn't know how to sew nor use a sewing machine. I got the materials needed cause my father offered to help me make one but he never got around doing it. Thus, the materials stayed in my drawers for the longest time.

My father finally taught me to use the sewing machine a few years back but I continued sitting on the idea of making my bear. I finally had the urge and mood to make one so I went round searching for a suitable bear template online. My mother even told me "you sure you know how to make it." Well, If I don't try I never know.

My first attempt wasn't much of a success because stupid me decided to hand sew it instead of using the sewing machine which I was capable of using. I hand sewed the whole bear and had to struggle with the body and all. Being my first time, I wasn't sure how to do it so I did it anyhow hoping it would turn out right. Wanna see the picture? See it now!
HAHAHAHA!!! Don't blame you if you laughed. Looks like what? A flying monkey with a bear head. Eh, but if you look at it another way, it's not bad right. Looks unique, it's hand sewn, you will never find another like this. If you are wondering about the hands I sew it the wrong what and only realised like after I stuffed everything.

Okay now moving on to the next bear. I wanted to make a proper bear like really a proper bear. I went to find another template cause I crushed my old template completely blaming it for the plight of my previous bear (I'm slowly liking it though :)).  As soon as I found it I started straight away, taking pictures of the process this time.
This is the template that I found online. It's called baby 'pip'.
Cut out the parts on a pink floral pattern that I really like. Some parts required two or three more pieces.
I kinda forgot to take picture of the other parts that I sew cause I got two excited. I took a picture of getting ready to sew the head. By far I feel, the hardest part of the body. I had to re-sew certain parts and I mean removing the thread again.
Yes! I used the sewing machine this time. The light makes the picture dark but I'm working in bright light.
Fixed the ears nose and mouth. Stuffed the face to add in the eyes. I used felt for the nose.You are going to see a few missing steps cause I got too excited but mainly also this is not a tutorial. I had to go online to search on tutorials on how to sew the bear but there wasn't really one that I could follow cause they either used materials I didn't have or their bear was different. I ended up taking ideas from all the different tutorials to make this bear.
Stuffed the body to see where I should place the hands and legs before sewing them on. Looking good yeah.
Managed to attach the arms and legs. They aren't attach too tightly though. I'm afraid they might come off. Regret that I didn't sew a few more times.
And here's my bear! It looks a lot better than I expected since its only my second attempt. Added a ribbon on the neck. Did I mention I hand sew the head to the body cause the opening was to small to fit?  I am going to make another one soon. Super proud of it! Picture bomb time!
So, which one to you prefer?


  1. They are both so adorable, love the material used
    They look really good for your first and second attempt at it, Congrats