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27th June 2013

Back to Basics, Part 5

Back to School Our Back to Basics column continues and we hope that you're adding some useful Teddytech tips to your bearmaking repertoire! What we have covered so far...

  1. Kit and pattern selection
  2. Making templates
  3. Choosing fabrics for your bear
  4. Transferring the pattern to your fabric

Stitching your Bear

Once again, it's important to read the step by step instructions supplied with your pattern and assemble your sewing supplies so you have everything to hand, i.e. scissors, pins, needles, thread for tacking, thread for sewing (either hand or machine) and a thimble.

Pin, Whip stitch (i.e. tack or baste) first

Pin the shapes, right sides together, as indicated on the instructions (make sure to align the edges and tuck the fur in) and then whip stitch them together in a contrasting coloured thread, removing the pins as you go.

A whip stitch, in this instance, is used as a temporary tacking or basting stitch, keeping the shapes together just until you have hand or machine stitched them securely. The stitches are made over the two raw edges of your shapes that are pinned together, and can be about 6mm apart.

The whip stitching should be just outside the stitching line to facilitate the removal of that thread once you've hand/machine stitched the pieces together.

Remember, that there is a certain sequence of steps you need to follow. For example, if the pattern has paw pads, then they will have to be whip stitched and hand or machine stitched to the inner arm before the outer arm is attached. The legs are stitched before the footpads are inserted etc. etc.

Colour of Thread

Match the colour of the sewing thread to the colour of the mohair backing, and your stitches will blend in perfectly with the fabric!

Which Stitch to use?

If hand stitching, then a back stitch is a good, secure stitch to use, or a double running stitch. Ensure that your stitches are small and pulled taut, holding the fabric pieces together firmly. Frequently check on both sides that your stitching line is within the seam allowance.

If machine stitching, test the tension on a scrap of mohair first to ensure that your stitch is not too loose or too long.

Certain shapes require you to start and end with a back stitch for stability, for example at the base of the head (neck area) where the seams will have to withstand the filling of the head, the jointing, etc. without unravelling.

Once all the shapes have been stitched, remove the whip stitching and carefully brush the fur out of all the seams on the inside of your bear, then do the same on the outside of your bear. Check from the outside that all the seams are securely stitched.

Next time we'll talk about giving your bear some shape —
whether it be a slim, streamlined bod or a well-fed, rounded shape!

GREAT Steiff Schulte Mohair SPECIALS
from Teddytech!

Both a longer and shorter pile mohair are available for this month's Specials! And as they are fairly versatile lengths will look good made up into various sizes and styles of bears.


This feathered, sparse mohair has a 22mm pile the colour of desert dunes and a darker taupe, 100% cotton, woven backing that adds great contrast. Trim the pile off your bear's snout, paws and footpads to show off the contrast to its best advantage.
Code FP89/22 cl #5663.
Retail price R315 per 1/4m
On Special @ only R250 per 1/4m

Click here to view the product on our website


A short, sparse traditional teddy tan mohair with a 12mm pile that is interwoven with black guard hairs, subtly toning the tan down and giving it the appearance of an aged fabric.
Great for small bears. (See our Rag-a-Muffin bear!)
Code FSP88/12/B cl #4704.
Retail price R295 per 1/4m
On Special @ only R240 per 1/4m

Click here to view the product on our website

Complimentary postage!

Hurry while stocks last! Quantities are very limited!

Teddytech's Trip to Jozi...

It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces at our get-together in Johannesburg recently.
Some scenes from our visit.

Jozi Trip 1

Eunice & Di preparing name tags

Jozi Trip 2

Eunice hands Chris his lucky draw prize

Jozi Trip 2

Elaine's story of the two old bears and their restoration

Jozi Trip 3

Elize tells us about her old bear 'find'

Jozi Trip 4

Phyllis shows us Goozbeary

Jozi Trip 5

Gills gorgeous alpaca bears

Jozi Trip 6

A special baby will receive Brenda's creations

Jozi Trip 7

Di & Colleen share a joke

... More pix from this event will be available on our website at a later date.

Beary warm regards

Eunice & Di