HOW TO MAKE… AN HEIRLOOM BEAR
(WS) and pin. Place the raw end of each leg inside the main body and pin, ensuring their length is equal, and using the image for placement. Sew in place using ladder stitch.
Iron the interfacing onto the WS of the patterned fabric for the ears. Fold in half with RS together, then use the ear template to trace on two ears. Sew along the traced line, leaving the bottom edges open.
Cut out both ears, turn RS out, then stuff. Fold the raw edges to the WS and pin to the head, using the marks on the main body template as a guide. Sew using ladder stitch.
Fold the raw edges of the arms to the WS and press in place. Pin the arms to each side of the bear’s body as shown and sew, going around the circumference twice to secure them in place.
Using the face template, cut the oval from the cream felt and the nose from the black felt, then sew the nose onto the cream felt. Draw on the mouth details, then embroider using black thread.
Using the main image and the markings on the main body template as a guide, draw on the eyes. Embroider using black thread, then bring the needle up at the point where the nose will sit to hide the thread end. Attach the face onto the head using backstitch and matching thread.
Sew along the bottom edge of the skirt fabric, 0.5cm ( ") in from the edge, then sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the skirt fabric. Pull to gather.
Pin the top of the skirt to the bottom of the knitted top, making sure the gathers are even. Sew, then pull the gathering thread out. Fold the dress in half along the length with WS together, aligning the raw edges of the skirt. Pin and sew along the skirt length.
Using Yarn A and a tapestry needle, sew along the length of the top. Thread a couple of yarn lengths through the neckline of the top to use to fasten in a bow.
Sew the button onto the top corner of the shawl without a buttonhole. Using the pom pom maker, Yarn B and Yarn C, make two pom poms, then tie around the button, leaving the yarn ends loose.
Fold the grey felt in half and trace on two boots using the template. Sew along the traced outline, leaving the straight edge at the base of each piece open.
Cut out both boots and turn RS out. Cut a V-shape from the top front of each boot, then use a length of Yarn A to sew on laces as shown. Tie the lace ends into bows, then dress the bear to finish.