Nothing is softer than this cuddly little bear, just right for the little ones in your family. This project uses your favorite teddy bear pattern and simple techniques to create a treasured favorite your kids will love a lifetime.
- Chenille Cutter (CHN-1)
- 24″ x 36″ Self-Healing Rotary Mat (RM-MG)
- 28mm Rotary Cutter (RTY-1/G)
- 6″ x 24″ Non-Slip, Frosted Advantage™ Acrylic Ruler (QR-6×24)
- Any teddy bear pattern (we used Carol’s Bear pattern found at http://www.carolszoo.com)
- 1 yd cotton or flannel fabric
- Chalk marker or marking pencil
- Basic sewing supplies
- Create chenille fabric first. Cut rectangles of fabric large enough to cover pattern pieces. You will need 3 layers plus one larger foundation layer for each pattern piece.
- Stack 3 smaller layers of fabric on top of larger foundation fabric.
- Using the chalk marker and 45 degree angle on your ruler, draw a diagonal line through the center of the top layer of fabric. Drawn line must be on the bias of the fabric in order for the fabric to chenille properly.
- Stitch through all four layers of each rectangle, using the diagonal line as your sewing guide.
- Continue to sew parallel lines or channels on the diagonal, covering the entire rectangle. Use the presser foot on your sewing machine as a guide to keep your stitching lines straight and even. We sewed ours 3/8″ apart. Try different width channels to create different effects.
- Cut channels open, using your OLFA Chenille Cutter.
- Trace pattern pieces on new chenille fabric and cut them out.
- Assemble pattern pieces according to the instructions that came with your pattern.
Attach eyes, nose, and stitch mouth.
- Wash and dry your little bear to properly fluff him up.
- Add a matching ribbon around his neck and he is ready for your favorite little boy or girl to love.
TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS
- Backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam line. Increase stitch length to 3.0 to speed up sewing.
- Pull fabric taut as you sew through first diagonal to ease stitching. Sew down one line of stitching, then up for the next to prevent fabric distortion.
- For a demonstration on how to use the OLFA Chenille Cutter, view the video here.