& HOW TOS!!!
HOW TO LAY OUT & CUT
OUT A BEAR PATTERN
- Cut out all pattern pieces from cardboard. If the pattern says cut
4 ears, cut 4 ears.
- Look at the fur and see which way the fur is going. The pattern
has directional arrows on each piece. These arrows should go the same
GENERAL direction as the fur. It is NOT necessary to measure to the
selvage edge as you would when sewing clothing. The arrows are a guideline
for the direction of the fur. If you need to turn a piece or two to
make it all fit, do so.
- Lay out all your cardboard pattern pieces on the back of the fur.
Treat this like a jigsaw puzzle make sure all the pieces fit
before you trace and cut it out.
- When cutting the fabric, use a small scissors and take care to cut
only the backing of the fur.
- It is a good idea to trim away 1/4 of fur around each piece
of the bear. This makes seams easier to sew. If the fur is very short
or sparse, this is not necessary.
- Poke holes with an awl where the joints are marked. Trim away about
a quarter size of fur around the joint holes. This will prevent fur
from being caught up in the joint mechanism.