Hug-Me Polar Bear panel - makes a stuffed bear approximately 15" tall

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Hug-Me Polar Bear, a VIP Print. Cranston Print Works Inc. 100% cotton, printed in USA. http://www.cranstonvillage.com

I have two of these panels. Each makes a bear to stuff, finished size 15" (sitting). Prewashed and machine dried, in a non-smoking and pet-free environment.

Notions:
thread
about 28 ounces polyester fiberfill
3 buttons for shirt
about 1 yard of black yarn or embroidery floss (optional)

Instructions -
Read through carefully before beginning.

Seam allowance 1/4" unless otherwise specified.

Preliminary steps
1. Cut out all pre-printed pieces along outer edges.
2. Press all pieces.
3. At body underarms, snip on printed line to dot (diagram A).

(Hint - after completing a seam, press it with the iron to smooth out the wrinkles caused by stitching).

BEAR
1. With right sides facing, pin and baste body sections together. Stitch from nose around back, to tail. (diagram B)
2.. With right sides together, pin and baste inner arm sections and inner leg sections to body gusset, matching dots (be sure that all parts are facing upwards toward nose end of gusset). Stitch. (diagram C)
3. With right sides together, pin and baste gusset and inner arms and legs to body, matching up dots and seams as shown. Stitch, leaving feet open and a 5" opening on one side of the base as shown. (diagram D)
4. With right sides together, pin and baste foot sections to bottom edges of legs, matching dots to seams. Stitch (diagram E)
5. Carefully clip curves where necessary. Turn bear right side out and stuff firmly with polyester fiberfill, shaping the body as you go. Be sure that the head area is properly shaped before moving down the body. Turn seam allowance to the inside and slipstitch the opening closed. (diagram F)
6. (Optional) With needle and yarn, create "claws" on paws and feet by making three large stitched across the seam and about 1/2" apart as shown. (diagram G)

EARS
1. With right sides facing, pin and baste two ear sections together. Stitch, leaving open between dots. (diagram H)
2. Clip corners and trim seam allowance except at lower edge. Turn ear right side out and stuff lightly with polyester fiberfill. Turn seam allowance to the inside and slipstitch the opening closed. (diagram I)
3. Position ear on placement line on bear's head and stitch in place with hidden stitches. (diagram J)
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for the other ear.

SHIRT
1. With right sides facing, fold collar section lengthwise and pin and baste the ends as shown. Stitch. (diagram K)
2. Clip corners and turn collar right side out, matching up the right edges. Press. Pin and baste the neck edge closed. (diagram L)
3. With right sides together, pin and baste collar to shirt section, matching collar ends to dots and matching up center back dots. Stitch. (diagram M)
4. With right sides together, pin and baste bias strip to neck edge as shown. Stitch. (diagram N)
5. Trim neck seam to 1/8". Press bias strip and shirt section away from the collar. Pin and baste bias strip to shirt section. Stitch down the bias strip 1/8" from the neck seam. (diagram O)
6. With right sides together, pin and baste sleeves to armholes, matching up dots. Stitch. (diagram P)
7. With right sides facing, pin and baste lower sleeves and side seams together. Stitch. (diagram Q)
8. To hem shirt fronts and lower edge, press 1/4" to the wrong side. Then fold the edge another 1/4" to the wrong side. Stitch close to the inner fold. (diagram R)
9. Press a 1 1/2" hem to the wrong side at sleeve ends. Stitch the raw edges in place. (diagram S)
10. Turn shirt right side out. Fold 1" cuffs to the right side and press in place.
11. Finish front of shirt by attaching buttons at placement markings. Button holes may be made if desired. Place shirt on bear.

SCARF
1. With right sides facing, fold scarf section lengthwise and pin and baste the raw edges together. Stitch, leaving open between dots for turning. (diagram T)
2. Clip corners and turn scarf right side out. Work out at the edges and press. Slipstitch the opening closed. Place scarf on bear.



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