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Make Your Own Jointed Teddy Bear - 4

by Selina M S (follow)
Selina Shapland
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Our Teddy Bear is ready to have his facial features placed. Let's do his eyes and nose.

Art and Craft Supplies
1 x pair of Glass Eyes


Teddy Eyes and Nose Glass
Glass eyes and nose

1 x Glass Nose

1 x Small square of white felt

Stuffing

5 x Bobble Head Pins

Cotton

Doll needle (this is usually quite long)

Tarzan Grip Glue (or similar)


Teddy no ears
Glue and Tooth pick


Tooth pick

Sissors

Awl

Patience

Method
Eyes
1. Pin Ears to head to see where they look best.


Teddy Eyes and Nose Glass
Ears, Eyes and Nose Pinned for position


2. Place Bobble Head Pins in where you think the eyes and nose should go. These are your markers for giving Teddy his facial features.

Note - I put the facial features on Teddy before I sew the ears, but the choice is yours.

3. Cut 2 x small round eye backings from the felt and pierce a hole into them for the wire on the glass eye to thread through.


Teddy no ears
Teddy's eyes are sewn in and ready for gluing


4. Punch a hole into Teddy's head where you want the eye to go.

5. Put cotton on the Doll Needle and pass this through the eye wire at the back of the glass eye.

6. Thread the eye with the white backing into Teddy's head. There are many ways that the eye can be attached. You may like to use glue here to help hold the eyes in place. I do.


Teddy Glue
Glue Teddy's eyes carefully


7. Pull the needle through to the back of the head, angle the needle down toward the base of the head. Come out there, making sure you do not catch Teddy's body or his head won't turn.

8. Pull the thread so the eye sinks into the head and then put the needle through the fabric and loop the cotton over the needle to make a knot. Sink the cotton into Teddy's head by threading the needle through somewhere discreet. Cut Thread.

9. Repeat this process for the other eye.

Nose
1. Pierce a hole in the front of Teddy's snout with the Awl.

2. Thread the glass nose wire over the doll needle with cotton.


Teddy no ears
Teddy looks terrified as I sew his nose into place


3. Tie the cotton to the wire on the back of Teddy's nose. You can put glue on here or wait until his nose is sewn into his head. I usually wait. The choice is yours.

4. Thread the doll needle, cotton and nose wire through the hole and down at an angle so that it comes out near the base of Teddy's head. Make sure you do not catch any of Teddy's body when coming out.

5. Pull the nose into Teddy's Face firmly and put need through the back of Teddy's head, loop it around and pull the cotton over the needle so that it makes a tiny knot. This will hold the nose in place.

6. Sink the needle and thread through the head and up to where one of the ears sits on his head to begin stitching the ear into place.

Note - Personally, I find this the easiest method. But you can do this differently. Whatever works best for your teddy bear making style.

7. Take a tooth pick and spread some glue under the nose. Press nose firmly onto Teddy's Face, making sure that it is on level. Teddy's doesn't want a crooked nose.


Teddy no ears
Glue the nose so it holds and press firmly


Next time we will do his ears and the finishing touches.


See this series from the beginning.

See Part 5

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