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Malt is a sweet little bear pattern by award winning artist and author Helen Gleeson of Bare Cub Designs.
Malt is a 5” inch design, which is speciality created for use with real fur (recycled vintage fur coats) however leans easily to other fabrics such as specialty bear making fabrics such as alpaca, mohair or widely available synthetic furs. (I do recommend a woven backing that will not stretch as you stuff your bear)
With my techniques you will be able to create a cub that will not only look sweet, but due to the way it is made, not have some of the difficulty associated with bear making.
Great for beginners. Many struggle with the execution of a fine thread nose. Leaving you with many of hours work possibly let down by the not so perfect nose. This nose (while optional) is created with clay, if its not perfect you just don’t add it on your bear. – Of course you can sew a traditional tread nose if you prefer.
Slit jointing the arms and legs is a cleaver way to disguise ladder stitching usually found on the backs of the limbs.
Check out the FREE Bear Making Mastery 3-Day Mini Course Includes:
Day 1 Your Bear Making kit
Day 2 Patterns and Storage
Day 3 Clay Noses
Each day includes a short video and a PDF download
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An video recorded online bear making workshop - watch or sew along as I make a mink bear
Each video is broken down into bite sized chunks and you can watch, re-watch when it suits you;
The Bare Cub Designs pattern is in PDF format and is 5 pages of cover/instructions. The pattern page can be printed for tracing and or cutting to use as a template.
BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY:
Tracing, cutting, Sewing by hand with a basic neat back-stitch. Jointing limbs, inserting eyes etc all explained.
9” x 9” Alpaca (Or Recycled coat)
3” x 3” suede for paws
5 x cotter pins
10 x 9mm fiber joints
5-6mm deluxe glass eyes and sinew
Brown Pearle cotton for nose
Super glue and polymer clay (optional)
Matching thread (strong upholstery thread for closing)
Majestic Merino Wool Noil
Steel shot and a toe of a stocking for weight (optional)
Sewing, doll needle, Pen, Awl
Hemostats or stuffing tool
Cotter pin turner
Copic pens to match fur (optional)
FINISHED SIZE: Approximate 5 inches
If you required full step-by-step photo instructions for bear making please review my Bear Making guides. This includes 12 patterns and 12 step-by-step photo guides
This is like having a personal workshop with me in your own home. There are over 150 step-by-step photos in the bumper mink Hershy issue alone.
Learn to sculpt eyes, create antique style teddy bears, work in miniature, appliquéd paw pads, and insert muzzle, open mouth, neck joints and much more. I also share the tools I choose and why. Available as PDF’s you can download, save, print or view on a tablet while you sew. The pattern is separate to the guides.