It will depend on if you have bent arms and legs. I can get my 9" guy out of a fat 1/8. If you are talking about a regular 1/8 which would be 4 1/2 inches by 54 inches, I can get my 8" bear out of it. The legs on my 9" bear are longer than 4 1/2 inches. I usually try to get the fat 1/8th or quarter so that you have an easier time fitting your pattern onto the piece of fabric.
Hi there Tania! Well.... a 1/8th yard piece of fabric.... I wish there was a flat out easy answer... I know that I am always asking myself this same question!!!! I haven't used an 1/8 yard piece of fabric myself... my bears are either big enough to require at least a fat quarter... or they are small enough that I just need a 5x7 inch piece! Hopefully someone who does "smallish" full sized bears can chime in for you. It does depend on whether there are "fabric eating" pattern pieces like bent legs and bent arms... those tend to complicate the lay out and require more fabric than straight limbs. Is it a "fat" 1/8th or a long strip? If you have a fat 1/8th, and fairly straight arms and legs... I'd say a 9 or 10 inch bear?
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I've cut a skinny 14-incher from an eighth yard (long strip), but since the fur was very curly I didn't need to worry much about the direction of the nap--it can be changed anyway. I did watch the straight of the grain, however, to avoid cutting big pieces on the bias.
I do a 'trial' of any piece of fur by folding it in half and trying out various placements of my pattern pieces. For this reason, I usually have 2 patterns cut for body parts that I'll need 4 of--ears and legs, arms if using the fur itself for paw pads.