Equipment and Materials6
Essential tools, equipment and materials required to complete the workshop
Downloadable patterns and instructions for printing and the production of templates
Cutting and preparing all the fabric pieces
Initial assembly work.
Appliqueing all the small detail pieces onto the bear.
Constructing and fitting the ears
Constructing the head
Head to Neck4
Assembling the head to the neck
Head/Neck to Back1
Attaching the back
Head/Neck/Back assembly to Chest Piece2
Finishing and attaching the vent
Assembling the front leg
Assembling the front half of the the bear
Buttocks and Tail1
Assembling the buttocks
Assembling the hind legs
Bringing it all together
Assembling and fitting the bridle
Showing your bear
- 100kg (2mm) coreless braided polyester line. This ideally needs to be coreless so that it flattens when sewing through it and the needle is not diverted by a hard core. Cored line can also cause tension issues when trying to sew through it.
- 100kg (2mm) coreless braided polyester line. This line is overkill for the bridle if you only intend to fly your bear but if you are using them on the ground with children playing with and arround them then it is worth using the heavier line.
- 90cm x 3mm-4mm braided polyester for bridle terminations.
As a norm I have white and black continuous N0.5 zipper and zip pullers in part store and thus make up zips to suit however if you want to purchase a finished zipper rather than continuous zipper you will need:
- Polar Bear: 56cm (22″)White Zip
- Polar Bear Cub : 41cm (16″) White Zip
- Black Bear: 56cm (22″) Black Zip
- Black Bear Cub: 41cm (16″) Black Zip
For the intake vent you will require a piece of white or black mesh 35cm x 25cm. I use two types of insect mesh for my inflatables, a stiff plastic coated fibreglass which is used on screen doors and a soft polyester mesh which is used in for temporary window screens. Which mesh I use is dependent on what I have to hand bit the workshop deals with both mesh types.