For artists and collectors sponsored by Intercal I'm been working on my first plush--a cat, and I'm trying to figure out how to attach his hind legs so the stitches don't show. He's in the sitting position, so I don't think it makes sense to joint them.
But I really like the look of external legs, instead of a 'gingerbread man' shape. I've been reading this board from a few months now, and I've learned SO much here. But since I didn't see this addressed anywhere I thought it was time I buckled down and asked a question! I would just use the same stitch you use to close up the seams once stuffed, I think it's called a ladder stitch.
It's a big cat leg, hip and all like when they're sitting down. I tried it on a muslin but they came out really uneven and weird. I tried ladder stitching the leg to the outside of the body.
I know it is a bit awkward You can slide your finger in between the top edge of the leg and part way down til you feel any attached skin? The attached part is actually hidden down under the visible roundness of the top of the thigh. I don't know if I am explaining it so you can understand me I take a couple of good firm stitches through the inside of the leg to attach it first and get it to stay put in the exact spot I want it to be. That's a great point, Veronica.
I've been reading a lot of stuff on cloth doll making and the arms of many art dolls are firmly attached with stitching to the body rather than having a joint like bears often do. Usually they're attached with ladder stitch, as far as I've been able to tell, anyway.
And Veronica, a maker of beautiful art dolls, re-iterates what I've read; that tacking stitches and pins are important in the process as well! If I were attaching a "static" limb I'd use a ladder stitch because it's tight and mostly invisible.
It's important to stitch consistently and to keep the stitches small especially if you're using a fabric like muslin but it can be done attractively. Stitches that are too big or that are uneven will look a bit "Frankenstein"-y, though.
Maybe practice a little bit on a scrap, first? I'm not sure how big your cat is, but I use ladder stitch to attach everything except for the head on my mini cats see pic.
It works well. I pin everything securely in place and make sure the stitches are nice and tight. I also use this method for my mini horses. I tacked it first with a couple big stitches, which I cut when I was done, and left about a half inch margin between the top, highest part of the leg, and my stitches. I'm not sure how invisible my stitches are, but I'm sure that'll get better with practice.
The muslin is scrap. I'm going to redo it out of a synthedic fur, but I wanted to work out any pattern tweaks before I started cutting that up. He's about 7" tall.
Or do you ladies just kind of wing it?Have you seen those teddy bears with jointed arms and legs that can be moved back and forth and wondered how to do that? Then keep reading, in this post I will show a few different ways to attach the limbs to make them movable.
Plastic doll joints are my favorite - they are easy to install, durable and washable. If you can't get your hands on joints, safety eyes will work great as well, although the stems on the eyes might be a tad too short when using bulkier yarns. Put the disc with a stem inside the arm or leg, pushing the stem through the fabric, placing it so the stem is facing straight towards the body. Finish the arms and legs, stuff them firmly and close the opening.
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To attach the limbs, push the stem through the body fabric, put the washer on the stem and then push the lock washer into place. Don't push the lock washer all the way to the bottom at first, adjust it so the arm or leg is tightly against the body, but not so tight you can't move it. If you can't find joints or safety eyes or you just don't want to use them, buttons and thread will work great as well. Make sure you use a very strong thread to attach the limbs — it will have to endure quite a bit of tension and can be difficult to mend, should it break.
I have found cotton embroidery floss, nylon sewing thread doubled or tripled or fishing line work really well. Put the button inside the limb, drawing the yarn tails through the fabric, placing it so the yarn ends are facing straight towards the body. Place the other button inside the body, draw the yarn tails through the holes and knot them together.
You can also just use yarn to attach the arms and legs to the body. Unlike with the first two methods where you need to attach the joints as you go, you need to finish the body, arms and legs first. Cut a length of yarn and thread it onto a needle.
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Insert the needle where you want to attach the arm or leg. Go straight through the body and draw the yarn through, leaving a short tail. You can make a little stitch through the inner side of the limb, so it will be invisible once it's attached to the body. Or you can make a stitch through the limb and add a button to the outside for extra support.
Then insert the needle into the same hole where you brought the yarn up last time Draw the yarn tight. Draw the yarn tight so the limbs are tightly against the body.
Knot the yarn ends together. Thread both yarn tails onto a needle. Go back into the same hole where you brought the yarn up last time, going up and through the body.Here are some instructions with pictures to help you get a knitted toy body and head connected securely.
Attaching a knitted head and body together when assembling your knitted toy can be tricky and needs a little practice. Here are some instructions with pictures to help you get the body and head connected securely. You will need a sewing needle and a double thread as well as a knitted and stuffed head and knitted and stuffed body. Take a knitting needle and insert it through the centre of the body and through the centre of the head.
Insert the needle into body and then head and begin to sew. Go through the body and head alternately pulling the thread fully through each time. Go all the way round the body and head. Then sew the extra thread into the base of the neck and tie off. If the head is still loose you could go round again but pull the thread away from the centre of the head a little. Gillian Gardening Girl Knitting Pattern. It is summer time and we are out in the garden this week with this lovely summery dolly knitting pattern.
Sign me up for news of new patterns as they are released. You can use your knittingbypost. Add This to My Wishlist. Rated 5. Login with Facebook You can use your knittingbypost.The fist this is to download the pattern, print it and cut each piece.
Then you need to trace all of your pieces on the fabric. For all of those that say you need 2, 1 reverse; after tracing the front, turn the pattern and trace the second piece.
I recommend to start with the ears, once you have them done attach them to the front and side part of the face. Repeat the step and make sure the color of the ears is on the inside part. After attaching the back, proceed to sew the moth, first to the head piece and after that sew the front. Cut the pieces and start with the front, just like the first picture. For the feet repeat the process and pin all the pieces together before sewing, sometimes it can be an overflow of fabric in this area depending on the kind of fabric you are using.
Make sure you assemble the tail and place it before closing the back. Stuff the body and set it to a side so you can finish the face. Proceed to attach the eyes, and pin the mouth to stitch it together. I Fold the very bottom of the mouth to shape a lip and then make two stitches on each side Same place the pin is After that mark his nose with a stitch from the lips to the nose, this is how the back looks like after being done. Stuff the head and sew it to the body of your teddy bear and you're DONE!
You can add a bow, tie or just anything to make it even more pretty! Remember to download the pattern go HERE. I am an experienced sewer. I have made stuffed animals in the past. This is the worst pattern I have ever done. The instructions, and youtube video do not give enough information to assemble the bear. The instructions have numbers, the pattern pieces do not. Absolutely no photos to accompany each step. I love the design of this bear.
Reply 2 months ago. Reply 3 months ago.These Instructions suit simple bear making kits and are general instructions that you can apply to your own templates — please contact us if you need help!.
Copy the pattern parts onto the reverse of the fabric. Cut out the parts — a seam of 0. Head Sew the two side parts of the head together from A to B inside out; then sew the middle piece of the head between the two side parts starting with the nose side. Turn the head inside out and stuff it firmly.
Baste with a strong thread round the opening of the neck. Put the head disc inside the head against the stuffing with the cotter-pin pointing to the outside ; pull the thread and the neck opening will close over the disc, leaving the cotter-pin visible. Connect the thread firmly to the fabric.
Sew on the head. Legs Put the two leg parts with the pile sides together and sew them up, leaving the filling opening open. Leave the foot sole open too. Put the foot sole into the opening and close it with fine hand stitching. Turn the leg inside out through the filling opening.
Arms Sew the hand-palm onto the inner-arm. These are the only two parts you have to add a 0. Sew the outer arm and inner arm with the pile sides together, leaving the filling opening open. Then turn the arm inside out. Body Cut the Vs out of the upper and bottom sides of the body parts. Sew them together to form the rounded body shape. Put the two body parts inside out together and sew them up leaving the filling opening open.
Turn it inside out through the filling opening. How to make a jointed teddy bear… yes now you need Discs You will need: 5 cotter pins, 10 washers, 10 discs 6 large and 4 small. The six larger ones are used for the head and legs and the 4 smaller ones are used for the arms.This article was co-authored by Lois Wade. Lois Wade has 45 years of experience in crafts including sewing, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, drawing, and paper crafts. She has been contributing to craft articles on wikiHow since This article has been viewedtimes.
It's not uncommon to give a teddy bear to a child or a loved one, but it is quite rare to give someone a teddy bear that you made yourself. If you're willing to put your sewing skills to work, you can give this traditional toy a personal touch and offer it affectionately to a special person. To make a teddy bear from felt, cut out 8 shapes that look like bunny ears.
Make 4 of the pieces smaller and 4 of the pieces larger. Pin these pieces together and sew the sides. For the body, cut 2 rectangles with rounded circles on the corners. Turn all of the pieces inside out to hide the seams. Stuff the head and attach it to the body, then sew the rest of the bear, except for one leg. Stuff the bear, then stuff and attach the last leg. If you want to learn about how to make a simple teddy bear from a sock, then keep reading the article! Did this summary help you?
Explore this Article methods.For artists and collectors sponsored by Intercal I finally have a bear in a new pattern cut out. She's still sort of a flattie but with a different shape, but there is a separate muzzle piece that is a triangle and separate ears. The two ear pieces that you sew together are little bitty half circles that you're supposed to sew together wrong-side-out and leave a whole so you can turn. After you do that, do you ladder stitch them closed or leave the opening?
Should I sew them onto the head before or after the bear is turned? I just really need someone to tell me how to do this.
Those things are so little that I like to have someone with eyeballs there when I'm working with them because if I drop them, they're gone. I'll tell you what I do, then I'll half describe an easier way and see if someone else can elaborate. First, you turn and stuff the bear first. Then after I turn the ear so it's fur-side-out, I tuck the bottom edges up and inside and ladder stitch them closed.
Then I ladder stitch each ear to the head. In another method, which I tried during one of Nancy Tilberg's online courses, you leave the bottom of the ears open. Then you place the ear on the head with the bottom quarter inch or so folded back and lying flat against the back of the head. The folded part is now behind the upright majority of the ear.
You ladder stitch that folded part to the head, and it worked beautifully for her. I sew my head, turn it and then stuff it completely.
Then, I add my neck joint if you have one and sew up my neck opening to keep it in place. I put the ear pieces right sides together and sew around them and then turn them. I have done it both ways - ladder stitched them together and I've also just left them open at the bottom and sew them on the bear. I actually prefer the latter.
I usually sew my ears on at a 10 and 2 position if you think of a clock. I start at the seam at the bottom of the ear and pull some thread through and secure it.
Then, I find the 10 position and starting at the top I slowly work my way down the front of the ear using a ladder stitch to secure it to the bears head and then up the back of the ear until I reach the point where I began. I secure it by knotting it and then I run my needle through the bear by pushing it in at my end knot and coming out the bottom.
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That's where I cut off my thread so I don't have any threads sticking up around my ear. I repeat the process at the 2 position for the other ear.
I hope this all makes sense! When I sew my ears I like to start and stop my seam in the bottom flat part of the ear. I leave enough of an opening I can turn the ear through but not much more. So I will have five stitches at least before I come to the side of the ear, turn my corner with the stitches and go up around the curve down to the other side and then turn the corner and do several stitches across the bottom of the ear.
Tie it off. Turn it right side out and you have two nice neat corners on your ears that you don't have to worry about raw edges poking out. I sew them to the head using the German method where you have your thread at the corner of the ear go into the head and across to the other corner of the ear. Take a stitch in the ear corner and go back through the head to the first corner of the ear.
Do that three or four times then take a stitch in the center of the back of the ear and tack it to the head. Slip the needle to the front of the ear take a small stitch into the front of the ear and stitch it to the head at the back of the ear.
You have now closed the small opening of the ear and given the ear a nice cup. Hard to explain in words.