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Katy from The Littlest Thistle is our guest today. When she replied that she was going to do a teddy bear for her post I was so excited! If you’ve never seen Katy’s adorable creations, you must take a peek here, they are so darling. Her finished bear is so cute and tiny, it is a great starter and hand project! Katy is also currently hosting an Everything And The Kitchen Sink Sew Along, with some adorable kitchen-themed paper pieced blocks.
Hi, I’m Katy from The Littlest Thistle. I’m so happy that Jennie invited me to be part of A Season By Hand this summer, it was the perfect nudge I needed to dust off some sewing skills I’ve not been using much recently. Although these days my sewing time is mostly taken up with bags, quilts and the wee Zakka items sweeping the blogosphere, my blog started out to document my teddy bear making, and it was this that I turned to for my summer project.
When I first started making bears back in 2002, I sewed them entirely by hand, as I couldn’t fathom moving such teeny wee pieces through the big clunky sewing machine I had inherited from my gran. Making 10″-20″ bears by hand is rather time consuming, so I only made a couple a year, but eventually in 2009 circumstances forced me to investigate the sewing machine option (with a new machine!) These days about 90% of my big bears are sewn on the machine, although there are a few bits that I need to finish by hand due to the shapes and angles of the pieces. The mini bears though, are hand sewn all the way, so I decided to dust off a pattern I created a few years ago, and make myself my own mini travelling companion while I was away on holiday a couple of weeks ago.
For my mini bears, I use Sassy Fabrics, woven backed, non fray, very short pile fabrics so that my bears are fuzzy, but are secure when using the tiny seam allowances needed on these wee bears.
With both the brown and tan fabrics being 9″ squares, you can get the sense of scale of the pattern from the picture above. With pieces this small, it’s easy enough to create your own little travel buddy in a couple of days relaxing by the pool.
And to give you a sense of scale of his little 4″ self:
If you would like to give this a go yourself, Sassy Bears & Fabrics supplies fabrics, patterns and kits from their US store. Within the UK/Europe, Bear Basics can supply you with all the makings, and in Australia, check out Bear Essence. The good news is mini bears are nice and cheap to make compared to their mohair big brothers and sisters!
Thank you for inviting me along to play Jennie, and to the rest of you, don’t forget to check out all the other amazing posts and giveaways that are part of this series 🙂