HOW TO MAKE… A PUPPET BEAR
Old wool sweater, blanket or textured toy fabric
Soft toy stuffing
White sewing thread
Black embroidery thread
Encouraging kids’ creativity is an important part of playtime, and we can see this sweet puppet sparking a whole world of stories. Lay out a tea set for a teddy bear’s picnic, take him on adventures with other toys – he’ll keep little ones entertained for hours.
As Camille hand-makes her toys and dolls from re-used natural fibres, all the elements for this easy sew can be found around the home. Cut up an old woollen jumper or blanket and a canvas belt from a charity shop for a make that’s eco-friendly and adorable.
01 Using the templates on page 98, cut two body pieces and four ear pieces from the wool fabric.
02 Pin two ear pieces with right sides (RS) together, then sew around the curved edge. Turn through to the RS, then repeat with the remaining two ear pieces.
03 Pinch an ear along the length to create a crease down the centre. Sew across the bottom of the ear to secure the crease in place, then repeat with the second ear.
04 Pin the ears to the RS of a body piece, spaced evenly along the top of the head and with the top of the ears facing in towards the body as shown. Pin the remaining body piece on top with RS together and sew around the outside, leaving the bottom edge open. Turn RS out.
05 Turn the puppet RS out. Using white sewing thread and gathering stitches, sew a small circle in the middle of the puppet’s face, through the front body piece only.
Pull the thread ends tight and secure with a knot to create a nose.
06 Cut a 12cm (4 ") length from the canvas belt and sew together the two short ends, making a loop wide enough for two fingers.
07 Cut a 10 x 12cm (4 x 4 ") piece from the elasticated fabric, then fold it in half along the width with RS together. Sew along one short edge and one long edge, leaving one short edge open.
08 Wrap a small amount of stuffing around the canvas loop, then push the sewn short end of the elasticated fabric up through the centre of the loop. Turn the fabric RS out, up and over the loop, then fold it back down over the top of the loop to enclose it.
09 Stuff the head firmly, then push the loop underneath the stuffing to create the puppet’s neck.
10 Using black embroidery thread and the image as a guide, sew the eyes, nose and mouth to finish.
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