I'm still working on my first miniature, a traditional bear, but think I will try a Sassy pattern instead. The traditional bear's limbs are so small and skinny, whereas Sassy's bear is a little fatter and probably a little easier to work with.
Anyway, my question is about sewing in hand. Do you just sew one time or several times? I use back stitches. How big do you make the stitches?
welcome to TT. I love your avatar puppy!
Assuming that you are working with non-fraying fabric, I sew with tiny back stitches as close to the edge as possible. I usually sew only once. A fatter pattern should indeed be a little easier to turn. I use hemostats and tweezers to turn tiny pieces and I stuff with tweezers.
Good luck and don't forget to show pics when you are done.
I also sew with tiny back-stitches, about one per 1-2 'weaves' of the material if you know what I mean . I used to sew really close to the edge but it depends on the fabric...even though they are pretty much all non-fraying, I had a few problems because I was just too close. Some backings are just tighter than others. So now I leave an edge of about 2mm, more if necessary.
I find the Sassy fabrics 'slide' really well against themselves making turning less difficult, even on the narrower pieces. My bears are usually over 3 inches tall though - I have no idea how some bear-makers can cope with even teenier bears!
Hi there Majbritt,
Welcome!! I pretty much follow exactly what Sabine said above. I use the hemostats too, and some of the limbs can be thinner on my traditional bears. The best thing I find is to use the hemostats to hold onto the fabric..but not to pull the fabric. Pulling will most times get a hemostat slipping and pulling out your paw fur and maybe ripping the fabric. I use the hemostats to hold and then I gently "work" the fabric, rolling it between thumb and pointer to turn out. Hope that makes sense!!
I love Sassy's stuff...I'm sure you'll do well with anything from the site. You can also find several free patterns online. I used a few Brewers Bruins Patterns years ago when first trying mini's. She's got a free pattern on her site now too...for her Twig bear. He's a cutie.
He is great for being only your second bear. I started with minis too, when I began making bears. About 3 inches is my favourite size for minis, smaller is hard. With minis, the slightest difference in size, like 1-2 mm, will be visible and so there is much less margin for error than with larger bears. You did a great job on him.
For being your second bear ever...and your first mini ever he's pretty great! You did a fantastic job on your paw pads. On your second picture look how even and rounded you kept the pad on his arm (the foot pads too)..that's great stitching and attention to detail.
You're doing wonderfully!!
I hand sew my mini bears and I rock the needle...in-out sort of thing. When I get to the end I reverse and rock the needle in and out where it was the reverse the first time around. This way every single thread of the little bear part has stitching to hold it together on both sides.
I find it easier to rock the needle, and I still take a little smaller than 1/4 inch stitches or smaller, but in the car sewing it is harder to do anything smaller....so that's about the smallest I get...Some of these girls go alot smaller....
That sounded wierd, because you don't know me, but about the only place I make bears is in the car going back and forth to physical thrapy. Can get alot done though.
in reality though, you need to sew the way you are comfortable. If you use a good quality thread, very small needle, you should do fine.
The fabric your little bear is made from? What is it? It is irridescent? Lovely!
The bear is made in Sassy's medium pile upholstery velvet in color dusty rose and it does have a nice sparkle. The paws are in ultrasuede light color dried rose.
The dog is real, he's my miniature schnauzer puppy named Cosinus. Here is a picture of him when he was younger. He's 6 months old now.