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March 18, 2013

Skill level: INTERMEDIATE

After 10 years as a creative professional, I've learned efficiency in bear making. I've also learned that for a quality result, some things just can't be rushed -- like foot pads. Taking time to "Trace & Baste" each pad, every time, makes every outcome near perfect.

Here's my method for attaching foot pads:
 

  • Trace a 1/4" seam allowance onto the wrong side of each pad with a white gel pen

  • Fold pads in half length-wise, wrong sides together

  • Mark center top and center bottom of each pad with white gel pen

  • Match center top of each pad to leg seam at toe. Stitch to secure.

  • Match center bottom of each pad to leg seam at heel. Stitch to secure.

  • Baste foot pad to foot opening along outer edge

  • Machine-stitch foot pad to leg, following white stitching lines

  • (Optionally, remove basting stitches)


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March 13, 2013

Skill level: BEGINNER

A white gel pen works great for tracing pattern pieces onto mohair with dark backing. Gel ink is opaque and liquid, flowing readily over nubby woven fabrics. There's no bleeding, no show through, no mess. 

Thus ends the shortest tutorial ever. Still helpful, though, right? :)

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