Don't Forget the Magic Tab
In a previous post I showed you some teddy bear legs that were badly frayed in the opening.
With miniature bears this is often a problem. Sometimes it happens because you are working with fabric that frays a lot. Sometimes it happens because the openings are so tiny and you really battle to get the limbs turned. And sometimes it happens because the fool holding the hemostat isn't careful enough. That's not us, right? ;-)
One way of avoiding the problem would be to use fray stop. I don't like to use fray stop though. It makes the fabric difficult to sew through and with miniature bears it can easily bleed into an area where you don't want it.
Here's my secret solution to perfect openings every time: THE MAGIC TAB.
It's a small piece of fabric that you add on to the pattern pieces in the 'leave open' areas before you cut out the bear. If I did it on paper, it would look like this.
Here's my book page for Lesson 8.
In this miniature bear making series, we are using the Angus pattern, which you will find in my Etsy Shop, and on the Tin Soldiers Website.Some of us are making a book or a set of note cards with techniques for miniature bear making. I have made page templates if you would like to copy mine, but it could also be fun to make your own. Every week, you will find printable templates for Project 52 HERE .