Every now and then I have to try something new. A library book on making miniature teddy bears intrigued me and presented a challenge that I knew I wanted to attempt. Yes, the pattern pieces for the bears are itsy-bitsy and the whole thing must be hand sewn. That wasn't the most challenging part for me as it turned out.
This may come as a surprise, but it was finding the right fabric that was tough. Shown above, from left to right, are bear #2 and bear #3. Along with bear #1 (or Chewbacca wannabe as he is lovingly known as), these 3 bears were all made from the same pattern. The different fabrics gave drastically different results. Fun fur didn't work (bear #1), nor did felted plush (bear #2). The best looking bear was made using upholstery fabric (bear#3). This fabric looks just right (hmmm... doesn't that sound like another story involving 3 bears?) and even allows his seed bead eyes to be visible, unlike the same eyes on his bear brothers. Did you know that this size of bear isn't even the smallest size you can make? Yeah, unbelievably, I made one even smaller. I'm that crazy about sewing/crafting - I will likely try anything once.