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How to attach a Head on a Stuffy

I had someone ask me how I attach the body parts on teddy bears, so here is a quick tutorial.  I am going out of town but when I get back I will do a better one, this was just to quickly show anyone who is interested.

The head is the one part I’m really not that good at lol.. I’m only slightly better at attaching the legs.

First you need a body and a head, both already finished and stuffed.  Weave in the end from the body.  After you close up the head leave a very long tail and weave it through the stitches so it is centered.. or as centered as you can get it.

Then push the needle and yarn through the top of the body.. down the centre.  It might be a little hard because of the stuffing but just wiggle it around and it should go through.

Okay, I don’t have pictures for the next part but it’s pretty simple and when I get a chance I will add pictures.

Weave the needle and yarn through a couple stitched at the bottom… Make sure you keep the tension fairly firm on the yarn.  This anchors the head so it’s easier to attach.  

Now we will put a stitch at the front, back and both sides of the head.  Weave the yarn back up the body and come up at the front of the head.  Go through one of the stitches in the head.. I usually go into one that is right at the bottom of the head. 

 Go back into the body with the needle and yarn and come up at the back and do the same as you did for the front.  Do the same for both sides.  

Knot and weave end and cut off.

Add a comment October 9, 2011

How to embroider a nose on a teddy bear

I have had a few people ask me how I do my noses so I thought I would do a picture tutorial.  This is by no means the only or even the best way, but this is how I do it and so far it has worked lol.  Also, I’m not the best at always explaining in writing and even though there are pics that should help, if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask.

First you will need to make the muzzle… or if you are making a teddy and don’t do the muzzle you can just do this straight on the head.  Then you will need a needle that is big enough to thread your embroidery thread through.  Note:  for thread bears I just use sewing thread that I have doubled.  Knot the thread after you have threaded it through the needle head.   The thread should be doubled now.

1) Ok, so now you need to figure out how big you want the muzzle to be.  I usually do it 4 stitch holes across. I do a triangle for the nose so there will be 3 corners.  I start at one of the top corners and going in from the back, pull the needle and thread through (see pic)

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2) Now count four stitch holes across and go into the hole from the front.  This forms the top line of the nose.

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3) Next from the back pull needle and thread through the hole below the big hole… so descriptive I know lol but I have no clue what to call it.

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4) Now go into one of the top corner stitches from the front.  This forms one of the sides.

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5) Go back into the bottom corner and pull needle and thread through front and go into the other top corner.  Now you have a triangle.  This is pretty much just a guide to follow while you close in the nose.

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6) Now we need to fill in the nose.  Come back up through the bottom corner and go down into the middle of the top line.  Work over the original triangle lines you made.

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7) We will fill one side at a time.  Repeat the above step 2 more times, moving over on the top line slightly.

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8 ) Now, come up through the next hole beside the bottom corner and go through beside where you just went through on the top line.

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9) Do the same thing but go through the next hole on the side.

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Okay, you’re done the one side for now.  You should have this:

Now do the other side the same way you did the first side.

 

Come through the bottom corner and go into one of the top corners.  This will clean up the side.  Do the same for the other side.

You can either leave it like this or clean up the top of the nose.  Go from one top corner to the other.

You’re done the nose.  You can add a mouth if you want.  Going from the bottom corner I go through one hole down (I do this twice so the line is more visible).  Then go 2 holes over on either side (I do twice as well).  This is where you can add a bit of an expression by doing one side of the smile longer than the other or only doing one side, doing more of a straight line or even making the lines point down.

Note:  You might have tiny gaps in the nose.. I usually do… that’s ok.  Take a sharpie or felt pen in the colour you did the nose (this is why I usually do black noses lol) and just colour it in.

6 comments October 8, 2011

Old Fashioned Teddy Bear Pattern

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa)
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • Craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

I have tested this pattern, but that doesn’t mean there are no mistakes.  If you find any or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

BODY:

1)  ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in each st around (16)

3) *sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4)  *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (31)

5) sc in easch st around

6) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (39)

7) sc in each st around

8 ) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (48)

9-17) sc in each st around

18) *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (39)

19-20) sc in each st around

21) *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

22) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

23) sc in each st around

24) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (18)

25) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (12) Stuff

26) sc2tog around.  End off leaving a long tail sew hole closed.

 

LEGS: make 2

1) ch 7.  sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, 2 dc in next st, 3 dc in next st, 2 dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next st, 2 sc in next st (16) This will form an oval for the bottom of foot.

2) 2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts, hdc in next 2 sts, dc in next st, 2 dc in next 3 sts, dc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts, sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st (21)

3-4) sc in each st around

5) sc in next 11 sts, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in next 6 sts (19)

6) sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc2rog, sc in next 5 sts (17)

7) sc in next 10 sts, sc2tog, sc in next 5 sts (16)

8-13) sc in each st around

14) 2 sc in next st, sc in next 9 sts, 2 sc in next 6 sts (23)

15-19) sc in each st around

20) sc2tog, sc in next 14 sts, sc2tog, sc in next st, sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts (20)

21) *sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

22) *sc in next2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (12)

23) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (8) Stuff

24) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed

 

ARMS: make 2

1) ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in each st around (16)

3) *sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around.  End with sc in next 2 sts (20)

4) sc in each st around

5) 2 sc in next 4 sts, sc in each st for the rest of the round (24)

6-8) sc in each st around

9) sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each st for the rest of round (20)

10) sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc2tog, sc in each st for the rest of round (16)

11-22) sc in each st around

23) *sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts* repeat around, sc in last st (12)

24) *sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts* repeat around, sc in last st (10)

25) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed.

It should look like this

EARS: make 2

1) ch 2, 8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2) 2 sc in next 5 sts. (13)  sl st and end off leaving long tail to sew to head.

 

MUZZLE:

1) ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2) 2 sc in each st around (12)

3) 2 sc in each st around (24)

4) sc in each st around. End off leaving long tail to sew onto head.  Emboider nose and mouth.  Lightly stuff when sewing onto the head.

 

HEAD:

1) ch 2, 10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2) 2 sc in each st around (20)

3) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (25)

4) *sc in next 3 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sc in last 2 sts (30)

5-6) sc in each st around

7) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (36)

8) *sc in next 4 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around, sc in last 2 sts (42)

9-12) sc in each st around

13) *sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (34)

14) *sc in next 3, sc2tog* repeat around, sc in last st (28)

15) sc in each st around

16) *sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (21)

17) *sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (14)  Attach muzzle and eyes.  Stuff.

18) sc2tog around.  End off leaving long tail to sew hole closed and to attach to body

Assembly:

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities

9 comments October 8, 2011

Hello Kitty!

I was having trouble coming up with ideas on what to get my neice and nephew for their birthdays…which are a month apart.  Usually they get clothes and toys… which are fine but I wanted something different.  My neice discovered Hello Kitty and as I was making a teddy bear I suddenly knew what I could make her.  A HK doll! 

Ok, So I had the gift idea, now to look for a pattern.  I did a Google image search of crochet HK dolls and found exactly what I wanted it to look like.  Then I looked through ravelry and found some cute looking patterns but none of them were what I wanted sooooo… I had to come up with my own pattern.

I love how she turned out!  I’m sooo tempted to keep her lol but I know my neice is going to love her and I can’t wait to see her face when she gets the doll.

bow

back of dress detail

 

 

Making this doll has renewed my love for Hello Kitty… I will definately be making more of these, maybe in different themes.

4 comments October 6, 2011

Teddy Bear

Size: about 15 inches tall (head to toe) with chunky yarn.

Materials:

  • Yarn (any weight you want.. the thinner the yarn the smaller the bear and vice versa) I used about three 50g balls for the blue bear
  • Crochet hook (appropriate for the yarn you choose)
  • Tapestry needle
  • 15 mm size craft/dolls eyes or buttons will do (1/2 inch I would say)
  • Stuffing
  • Row/st marker

This is my first pattern that I am sharing.  I have tested it, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be mistakes, so if you find one please let me know so I can correct. 🙂

Head

1.  Ch 2.  10 sc in 2nd ch from hook (10)

2.  2 sc in each sc around (20)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (30)

4-5.  sc in each st around

6. *1 sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

7-8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (50)

10.11.  sc in each st around

12.  *1 sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

13-14.  sc in each st around

15.  *1 sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (30)

16-17.  sc in each st around

18.  *1sc in next sts, sc2tog^ repeat around (20)

19.  *sc2tog* repeat around (10) I attach the muzzle here and then put the eyes on and then stuff.

20. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off, leaving a long tail.  There will still be an opening so I just weave the yarn through each stitch around and pull closed.

Body

1. Ch 2.  8 sc in 2nd ch from hook (8)

2.  2sc in each sc around (16)

3. *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (24)

4.  *1sc in next 2 sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (32)

5-6.    sc in each st around

7.  *1sc in next 3sts, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (40)

8.  sc in each st around

9.  *1sc in next 4 sts, 2sc in next st* repeat around (48)

10-15.  sc in each st around

16.  *1sc in next 4 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (40)

17-19.  sc in each st around

20.  *1sc in next 3 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (32)

21-22.  sc in each st around

23.  *1sc in next 2 sts, sc2tog* repeat around (24)

24. *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (16)

25.  *1sc in next st, sc2tog* repeat around (11)  I stuff here

26. *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail.  Weave through remaining stitches and draw closed.

Arms make 2

1.  ch 2.  6 sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2sc in each st around (12)

3.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 9 sts.  (15)

4.  2sc in next 3 sts, 1 sc in next 12 sts (18)

5-7. sc in each st around

8.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 12  sts (15)

9.  [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 9 sts (12)

10-17.  sc in each st around Stuff

18.  *sc2tog* repeat around.  End off leaving long tail for sewing to body.  Do not close

Legs make 2

Bottom of foot: This is where I used the different coloured yarn.

   1.  ch 7.  1sc in second ch from hook, 1 sc in next 4 ch, 4 sc in last ch.  Turn and work on other side of beginning chain.  1sc in next 4 ch, 2 sc in last ch.  place marker  (15)

2.  2 sc in next st, 1sc in next 2 sts, [2sc] 8 times, 1sc in next 4 sts. (24)

3.  sc in each st around  If you are using a different colour for the bottom of foot, join original(body) colour in same st as last sc and sc.

4-9.  sc in each st around

10.  1sc in next 12 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 6 sts. (21)

11.  1sc in next 11 sts, [sc2tog] 3 times, 1 sc in next 4 sts (18)

12.  1sc in next 12 sts, sc2tog, 1sc in next 4 sts  (17)

13.  sc in each st around Stuff foot

14- 28.  sc in each st around

29.  [sc2tog] 8 times, 1 sc in last st (9)  End off, leaving long tail and weave through remaining stitches then draw closed.

Ears make 2

1.  Ch2. 7 sc in 2nd ch from hook.  Ch1 and turn (7)

2.  1 sc in each st across

For bigger ears:  3.  Ch1 turn.  2 sc in each st across (14)

You could even make 2 small ears in one colour and make 2 bigger ears and then sew the smaller ears onto the bigger ones.

Muzzle

1.  Ch2.  6sc in 2nd ch from hook (6)

2.  2 sc in each st around (12)

3.  *1 sc in next st, 2 sc in next st* repeat around (19)

4.  1sc in each st around.  End off leaving long tail to sew to head.  Embroider nose and mouth.

Assembly

Sew muzzle and ears onto  head, then sew the head, arms and legs onto the body.

Copyright Amber deGoutiere 2011.  This is my own original design.  Please do NOT claim this pattern as your own or sell it.  However feel free to use for personal use, gifts or charities.


77 comments April 21, 2011

Totally stoked…

I had my appointment with the eye surgen this morning.  I was nervous as I usually am when I need to go to the doctors .  Anyways he put the numbing drops in and looked at my eyes then told me the haze is getting worse.. which I know because my vision has gotten worse over the past year.  The he put the drops in that make your pupils go really wide so they can see into the back.. and even the front of the brain..  I don’t mind the drops, but man are they weird!  I was ok at first and then as I continued to sit and wait to be called back in I could feel the numbing drops wear off and my pupils were getting bigger.. So not only were my eyes sensitive to light, but they were kinda tingly, watery and I looked like I was hopped up on drugs.   So anyways I go back in and he suggests I go ahead and get the laser surgery.  He has assured me it was pain free.. which I was glad to hear because I have been nervous about having to have it done and I’ll be honest.. I am a total wimp when it comes to pain lol.  I got the surgery booked for May 5th.. just the one eye.. I’m excited but still a little nervous.  Guess we will see what happens.

I got finished testing the pattern for the teddy bear on Tuesday night.

This guy is for my Grandmother, who has liver cancer.  Originally I was going to make it for her birthday but considering the situation she is going to get it on Sunday.

I really like how he turned out.. though his muzzle got sewn on slightly crooked (he looks like he is saying “hmm” to me lol)  The yarn is Patons Diana, which may or may not be discontinued, I am not sure.  As soon as I type it out I will post the pattern.

Add a comment April 21, 2011

Dollies

I was digging through a box that had some yarn in it and I found a couple dolls I made.  I absolutely LOVE dolls.  Yes, I am 25 and still love dolls.  I love making them as well.  It’s tedious to do the hair, as I make mine either full head of hair or mostly (I just leave the center empty)

Anna is the first doll I ever made.  I looked around and couldn’t find a pattern I really liked so she is, as usual, from my own pattern.

She is made using WW yarn and I believe a 5mm hook.  Don’t mind her slightly scary mouth lol, I had never embroidered lips before and have been too lazy to redo them.  Anna doesn’t have a full head of hair.  Again, this was my first doll and I wasn’t sure how to do the hair, so I just laid strips of yarn across and then sewed down the center (her part).

Lily I made using the same pattern as Anna, only I used a 4mm hook so she turned out a bit smaller.

She has a full head of hair… and it took forever to do lol

Mina is an elf.  I originally was going to make a faery for my mother but I couldn’t find a pattern for wings, and I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to make them the way I had envisioned them in my mind.. so Mina the faery turned into Mina the elf.

I had made myself a pair of mary jane slippers right before I made Mina so I thought I would do her feet the same way.. only more foot like and then i sc around the ankle to make the leg.  She has mostly a full head of hair, just the center isnt done.. that would have take ALOT of yarn lol.  I can’t bring myself to cut her long locks… she’s supposed to be an elf and they have long hair, don’t they?

Susie is my favorite.  Actually she is probably my favorite thing I have ever made.  I made her one night while I was watching Wuthering Heights.. LOVE that movie.

She is tiny, maybe the height of a pop can?  She also has a full head of hair.. and bangs.

A pixie needs ears… and wings but again I couldn’t think of how to make them.. so she is wingless.  She also has thumbs, a noes and cute little toes 🙂  I am really proud of her feet..Which took me FOREVER to figure out how to do and look right.

We moved and I had just found the pattern before we moved.. now I think I lost it for good =/ Sooo I will probably try and remake the pattern.. at sometime.. soon..I hope.


4 comments April 18, 2011

Lavender Bear

This teddy has been sitting, in parts, on my dresser for about 3 months now.  I’d been waiting for the hand painted craft eyes I ordered, and then, I’m not going to lie, I have just been too lazy.  The worst part about making a teddy is putting it all together.  I am really good at getting the face perfect, but I have a real hard time putting the head on and the thought of doing so makes me want to put down the bear… or not pick it up.

Finally the crochet bug bit me again and I decided I had to finish it.  I plan on sending her to my mother sometime soon.  I used Bernat chunky… actually the same ball that I used to make the FANtastically soft scarf… and my own pattern.  I am testing the pattern out right now and will post as soon as I am done.

Add a comment April 17, 2011

Chocolate Old Fashioned Teddy Bear

I made this guy for Mike’s daughter 2 Christmas’ ago.  I used my own pattern, which I will post as soon as I re-write and test it out once.

1 comment April 17, 2011

Christmas projects

I made this scarf for my really good friend, Candice.  I used the Kite stitch scarf pattern by Caron, Bernat Chunky yarn and a 9mm crochet hook.

This pattern was a little mundane but it turned out really nice, and was very simple.  A great project for sitting in front of the T.V.  I definately plan on making more of these.

This scarf I made for my step mom.  I Used Bernat Harmony and I believe a 9mm hook.

I did simple hdc lengthwise until it was as long as I wanted it then continued until it was as wide as I wanted it.  I also did a spike stitch in the center so it wasn’t so plain.

I used the FANtastically Soft Scarf pattern for this scarf.  My step mothers partner recieved it, and loved it.. which I am glad because I wasn’t quite sure if she was into scarves.

I used the same Bernat chunky yarn and 9mm sized hook.  Easy pattern, and again this is a good one to make while you are watching a movie or t.v.. “auto-crochet mode” as I call it lol.  The finished scarf had a really nice texture to it and was also nice and warm.  I will definately be making this one again.

Add a comment April 17, 2011

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