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istarith

Hi Kraken! I just made a bear of cheaper faux-fur from my local craft store, and it does have a semi-stretch. It didn't worry me; I just made sure to cut the whole pattern all over again in a medium weight muslin and back all the fabric pieces while sewing. It means sewing through 4 pieces of fabric instead of 2, and it means sewing much more carefully, but you can use any kind of faux-fur that way! I can't wait to switch to mohair, but maaaaaaan I can't afford the price tag either! Maybe one day soon! Hope that helps!

istarith

Hello from the US Pacific Northwest! I recently fell in love with handmade teddy bears (I spent two weeks keeping my husband awake while I poured over blogs, patterns, and videos until the wee hours); I just finished my first bear yesterday and I'm extremely pleased with how he came out! I want to make another (and another and another and sew on), but let's talk shop a minute - I've got some questions:

1. I made this bear with a cheaper local fabric store faux fur because I couldn't afford legit mohair (I mean who's got $250 laying around for a yard of fabric?!), especially since I'd have to import it it looks like... Is anyone else familiar with using more cost effective fabrics, or are you finding affordable mohair state-side?
2. What fabric/fur are you using for miniature bears? What kind is appropriate? And what are you using for joints on something so tiny??
3. Tips on making bears baby-safe? Safety eyes and joints are a given, but should I pay attention to anything else?

Thanks guys! I'm loving looking through the forums and seeing everyone's creations; such lovely work!!

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