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« on: August 09, 2009 05:43:40 AM »

My son just had his 4th birthday.  He is currently obsessed with Wicket the Ewok from Empire Strikes Back.  I looked around for toy options and didn't find many.  There is a cute crochet pattern somewhere on Craftster, but I don't know how to crochet.  The vintage ones on Ebay are ugly and overpriced and the one at StarWars.com doesn't ship until August 15, which is too late.  So, I made my own by revamping a $3 teddy bear from the Dollar General Store.

Here he is!




HERE IS THE TUTORIAL:

1) started with a teddy bear:



2) Use a seam ripper and removed the white portion of his face.  He should look like this:



3) Now that you have access to the inside of the bear, use garden pruners and snipped off his safety eyes.  They are HARD to get off!

4) Replaced the little eyes with larger doll eyes that looked more Wicket-like.  I only had creepy green ones, so I used brown nail polish and clear sealant to make them brown.

5) Now close up the huge, gaping hole.  Put a running stitch all the way around the hole.  Pull both ends of the running stitch like a draw-string purse.  Once you have closed the hole completely, tie off the threads.

6) Make a nose using felt and a little stuffing.  Sorry, I can't really give you any more guidance than that.  Just fiddle with it until you make something that works.  Hand stitch the nose to the bear.

7) Now for the mouth.  Take two rectangles of brown felt.  Roll each of them up to make the upper and lower lips of the Ewok.  Hand stitch them to the face.

Cool Teeth: Take two squares of white fabric.  Sew them right-sides together.  Turn them right side out.  Stitch down the middle to make two teeth.  Stitch the rest of the opening closed.  Glue or stitch the teeth between the lips. 

9) Cape: I'm not sure how to describe this.  I used two pieces of felt and shaped them around the head, cutting away fabric as needed.  Then I used embroidery floss to stitch the pieces together.

SORRY IF THIS ISN'T A VERY GOOD TUTE.  I DIDN'T TAKE MANY PICTURES.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS.  I'LL TRY TO CLARIFY.


Total cost, including supplies: $5.50

« Last Edit: August 14, 2009 04:17:20 PM by flower - Reason: TUTORIAL ADDED » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2009 05:52:27 AM »

cool idea!   Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2009 08:04:04 AM »

Thanks for the complement.  There are lots of things I would change about it, but his birthday party got moved up by a week and I had to make it FAST.  I think his teeth are particularly freaky, but if you look at an ewok in the movie they all look kinda freaky too!
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009 01:18:42 PM »

Thanks for the complement.  There are lots of things I would change about it, but his birthday party got moved up by a week and I had to make it FAST.  I think his teeth are particularly freaky, but if you look at an ewok in the movie they all look kinda freaky too!

Yeah, but you must admit they're cute. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009 05:39:51 PM »

I might have to try this myself, sometime.  I used to have an ewok doll, but it got lost Sad
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« Reply #5 on: August 13, 2009 10:35:28 PM »

Tute, plz? My niece is likewise obsessed and I found her a little one at Downtown Disney, but I would love to make her a bigger one at some point. Yours is ADORABLE. And yes, the teeth on them are a little silly looking for real when you look at them closely in the movie. Yours are dead on.
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2009 04:18:07 PM »

Tute added.  Please ask questions and I will try to clarify.
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« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2009 01:52:13 AM »

Awesome!
star wars + crafting = win!
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« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2012 02:43:00 PM »

ewoks r the best so cool.
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