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1  My first bear - and first machine-sewn anything, too! (Contains two pictures.) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by GamingCrafter on: August 15, 2009 01:32:52 PM
I think it's about time that I posted about one of my projects on here. However, it isn't one of the video game-related ones* that I'm working on (as you might perhaps expect from my username Tongue) - instead, it is a teddy bear that I was commissioned to make for a raffle. He's the first teddy bear I've ever made, and also the first item I have ever made with a sewing machine.

*(I've been working on one particularly long-winded project for myself for quite a while, but because I started him by hand before I got my sewing machine, I intend to finish him that way too. I have no idea how long it's going to take, though, because I am a bit of a perfectionist and want to make sure that I get it all right. Tongue)

Anyway, here is the bear in a photograph that was taken just after I finished him;

And here he is again after he was dressed in the outfit that the person who commissioned him picked out for him (the outfit was purchased from Bear Stores, a UK teddy bear clothing web-store, if anyone is curious);

He's made out of chocolate brown polar fleece, with toffee-coloured felt for his inner-ears and foot-pads. His eyes are big, shiny black buttons, and his nose is made of black felt (all are securely stitched on from the inside - that was hard work!). I originally added a mouth, but it looked a bit odd as he had more personality without it, and so that was removed. He's made from a pattern in the book "Creative Soft Toys to Sew" by Milner Publishing, and the only change I made to the instructions is that he's not jointed - he just sits. Tongue

I learned quite a few new techniques during the making of this fellow that I didn't know before, and I have already been able to put those things to work in the other projects I'm currently working on.

I hope you all enjoyed seeing him. Grin
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