Saturday, 12 February 2022

DIY Handmade Snuggle Bear - PayItForward Free pattern

Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  I've been really enjoying making Lisa Pay's fantastic free patterns for bears and toy making.  Her instructional videos on YouTube are truly second to none.  If someone as novice as me can make a bear, anyone can, lol.  Now, I'm not perfect at it, but I certainly give it a go, teehee.  I'm sharing a little Snuggle Bear I made using Lisa's free pattern.  Check out her video for all the details on how to make it.  If you want to buy any of the items I used to make this bear, see my shopping list below.  I'm not sponsored by any of these companies, it's just the places that I bought my supplies from and have had great service from.

Ok, first off......I made a BIG MISTAKE and we are just going to notice it, giggle and move on, teehee.  I did all this work and ended up at the last hurdle messing up the eye placement....I know, I know....FACEPALM.  But I promise, the next one will be better.  I have bought eye placement pins so a mistake like this doesn't.....at least, hopefully doesn't happen again, lol.
This poor wee dudes eyes, lol......the next one I make will hopefully have even eye placement
This Sherpa Fabric is so incredibly soft and fluffy.....a bit messy to cut....but so incredibly easy to sew.  It was fantastic to work with.....but do be aware....when you cut out the pattern, you will be covered in fluff balls.  You do need to cut as close to the fabric base as you can, to cut down on fluff going everywhere.
This wee fella has cotter joints at his arms, legs and head joints.  So his little arms, legs and head move beautifully.
His little nose is a flocked 21mm safety nose, but Lisa includes a pattern piece to cover the little nose in any contrasting fabric you choose.  I used a beautiful black polycotton with white ditsy flowers on it, link is below.
He is so super soft and squishy.  I'm so delighted with how he turned out....other than my dodgy eye placement, lol.  I will definitely be making another one or maybe 2 of these bears.....I have plenty of nieces and nephews to lumber with my makes, teehee.

My wee sister, T has asked me to make her a Memory Bear using her favourite clothes that she's kept from her wee daughter, Lexi who is almost 6 now......I think T is VERY brave in entrusting me with her daughter's prized possessions....I don't feel one bit worried at all....nope, there is no doubt in my mind that I can do this......EEEKKKKKK!  Well, T trusts me which is probably more credit than I'm due.  But you know me....I'll give it a good go, teehee.  Again, Lisa Pay has shared a Memory Bear and a free pattern too so no doubt, that is the one I will be using.  Thankfully, by the time I get that bear made, I'll have received the Bear tester eyes....so hopefully it won't have wonky eyes, lol.  

That's it from me folks.  See you on the next one.  

Toodles Noodles.....Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

SHOPPING LIST
As of typing, the links to these items are available.  However, I cannot guarantee that the links will always work.  Therefore, I suggest a quick Google search and that should help you out.

Flocked Safety Nose, size 21mm - Ebay
Hollow Fibre Toy Stuffing - Ebay
Ditsy Floral polycotton in Black with white flowers - Ebay
Guterman extra strong thread in beige - Ebay
Cotter joints, various sizes - Ebay
Sherpa Fabric in Stone - Ebay
Cotter pin key - Bear Basics  - if you are serious about bear/toy making, I highly recommend this tool.  It can be very difficult to turn down the cotter pins, particularly if you have difficulties with your hands.  I don't have issues with my hands but even I found affixing the cotter joints really hard on my hands, particularly if you are making more than one toy at a time.  So this tool is a life saver.

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3 comments:

  1. what a very cute bear and to me.... the eyes may not be perfect but how many of us have perfectly placed features, I know I have one eyebrow higher than the other lol I think imperfections add to the character. xx

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    1. Thank you Tilly. My wee Mamma said the very same thing. Lee x

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  2. Hi Lee,got yer comment and have replied,but as I said I thought I had replied to yer email....or not LOL.Sorry,but thanks anyway hun.Absolutely LOVE yer lil Bear,and and to me,his eyes are just the cutest.You clever girl you.xxx

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