So Susie Spins Bear

designed by Cynthia Allen Farabee

So Susie Spins Bear
5 1/2 inches tall

Prints in 3 pages


One quarter yd. white Moh-Bear Kid fabric
6 mm glass eyes from Intercal
Polyester Fiberfil from Mountain Mist
Ribbon by Offray
DMC pearl cotton # 5 in pink for the nose
One quarter yd. Muslin
One quarter yd. Heat 'n Bond
Button/Carpet thread (matching)
Sewing needle (both hand and machine)
Long needle (doll needle)
Sewing machine
Marking pen
Balloon (needle grabber aid)
Chopsticks (as stuffing aid)
Fray Check if needed for raveling
Small brush (dog or tooth brush to brush fur out of seams)
Lightweight cardboard

Pattern Template for So Susie Bear


Read all instructions through before beginning.

This pattern is simple without gussets or paw pads. It would still be considered for a more experienced bear maker when using the Moh-Bear Kid fabric.

Pattern is a template, no seam allowances are included. Trace pattern pieces onto light cardboard. Transfer pattern pieces to wrong side of fabric. This is the seam line. Be sure to follow the nap. All body pieces nap run down. On the ears only nap runs up. Mark openings.

Cut out all pieces using 1/4" seam allowance. Bear can be machine sewn or hand sewn. If hand sewn use double thread and back stitch. Seam allowances are trimmed before turning.

Baste seams of each body part first to prevent shifting as you sew. Sew completely around each piece leaving the opening as marked. Lock stitch at beginning and end of each seam. Sew two ear pieces right sides together around the curved edge (repeat for second ear).

Clip and trim all seams. Turn each piece. Ears are not stuffed so use your chopsticks to smooth the seams inside the ear.

Stuff all body parts firmly using polyester fiberfil. Close each opening (head must be jointed at neck before the neck is closed, see jointing below) with a ladder stitch using double thread or carpet thread. Embroider nose and mouth with pearl cotton using a satin stitch for the nose. Form an upside down "Y" for the mouth using three single long stitches or back stitches. Attach eyes (see picture for positioning)

Leaving a long tail enter the inner left arm exiting the arm approximately 1/2" from the top of the curve. Using your needle jiggle to find the exit hole and insert needle going through the arm, through the entire body, through the right arm to the outside. Again jiggle to locate the original exit hole and repeat back through the body and tie off the thread under the left arm (may be necessary to repeat complete step a second time to get a firm joint). Entering and exiting the outside of the arm through the same hole gives you a strong joint by catching on the stuffing but does not dimple the outside of the arm. Repeat same procedure for legs.

To joint the head begin with your long thread tail enter the opening in the back go up and exit at the neck enter the bottom of the head and making a small stitch exit the head. Enter the same hole in the neck exiting at the opening in the back (may be necessary to repeat this step a second time for strength). Tie off thread ends, clip and ladder stitch opening closed.

Whip stitch the raw edges of each ear and attach the ears to the head using a ladder stitch with double thread using the picture for positioning.

This beautiful Moh-Bear fabric, hand spun and hand woven, is available through Spare Bear Parts. Tell the Mead's we said Hi.

Spare Bear Parts
Orders: 616-276-7915 FAX: 616-276-7821

The original little bear was on display at the 1998 International Quilt Show, Houston Texas and will be visiting shows throughout the United States.

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