aka Doin’ it Doggy Style
…but I thought that I might suffer from inept googling lol
Pedigrees Royal ‘Scribble’ pattern, from Lisa Pay. Fabric, nose, eyes and other fixings from Mohair Bear Making Supplies. Cost just under twenty squid BUT there’s enough fur for at least one more if I want to use it.
Scribble/Toto/Isaiah is done, after many hours of careful hand sewing, VERY careful machine stitching, turning, packing in stuffing REALLY tightly, poking holes, etc etc etc. My hands are KILLING ME.
This is a very good pattern, perfect drafting, and PRETTY good instructions. A fair amount of skill is assumed in being able to interpret instructions with minimal diagrams. The designer casually says ‘ there are plenty of videos on Youtube if you’re inexperienced’. I found her own videos on doing ladder stitch and overcasting & back stitching, but nothing on the bloody joints.
The joints. Well, I have no clue if I’ve done them properly, as the back legs seem rather loose, but I have nothing to compare them with. I bought the set of joints in a pack, all the same size, and presumably meant for a standard teddy bear [head, arms, legs]. This doggy has a head joint, back leg joints, and a tail joint, the front legs are rigid. The tail required a smaller unit, but the missus came through and cut the two hardboard discs down to the required 2cm so it would fit. There are two wooden discs, two washers, a bolt and nut in each unit, I hope I put them together in the right order! If not, maybe that’s why they seem loose, but I ain’t unpicking the things!
I wasn’t sure about the instructions for putting the eyes in, but I should have been more intent on getting the bloody things level [hence Isaiah, ‘cos one eye’s ‘igher than the other]. I KNEW I would do this, despite taking care with planning eye position, making holes, taking it slowly…they are still wonky. Hey ho. They are pulled into place using a doubled length of dental floss [also used to draw the neck and tail closed round the bolts]. It instructs something like ‘bring thread out though hole at base of neck’ but there isn’t one, so I just pulled it through wherever and tightened as much as I could. Meh.
The pattern tells you to cut a leather shape for the nose and stitch over it- I KNEW this would be messy so I bought a cute little soft rubber nose. Much nicer than a plastic one. I did use some doubled top stitching thread to make the little line and V under the nose for his mouth, but despite trimming the fur down, it’s not really visible.
You have to pack the stuffing REALLY tight to make the front legs work well, so I used a chopstick quite aggressively. This added to my painful hands!
I’m not sure if I trimmed the face very effectively. Again the instructions tell you to do some arty stuff with dye pens, colouring the eye sockets and stuff, but I found that the variegated fur looks dark when trimmed anyway, so ignored that. I think he looks more like a hamster or a hedgehog, but hey ho wotevva.
He isn’t as pretty as the one on the pattern image, but I knew he wouldn’t be, so I’m not beating myself up. I’ve never made an ‘art toy’ or whatever it is, so I just ploughed on. There are a LOT of steps, and the pieces are mostly small and very curved, making them tricksy to sew and turn.
He’s been sitting on the table waiting for the last few stitches to go in [ears are last of all] and the cat doesn’t like him, so maybe he’s fairly realistic after all. If my hands ever recover, I may decide to use the remaining fur fabric to make him a prettier twin. Eventually.
Anyway, here it is. I think there’s something amiss with the face, maybe the ears which look more cat-like to me…dunno, but it’s certainly fit for purpose. You can see I’m no soft toy artist!
Ever made a posh teddy or other jointed toy? Share pictures, go on!