Choosing a memory bear style
I know you need to know the difference between the 2 styles of memory bears I make. Here’s a quick graphic to show you and then I’ll tell you in more depth below.
is not just the first bear style I started making but also the first style of keepsake I ever made. It is a classic pattern. Beautifully rounded arms and legs, and a nice plump body and face.
Calico bear is jointed which means the arms and the legs are attached with threads that run through the body. So they can move. The buttons that you can see on the limbs are where the thread goes to the outside of the limbs. They add a nice extra visual feature to the finished appearance.
If you would like to pose your bear so that he or she has their arms raised you can do…Calico bear’s limbs and body are made of quite large panels so there is plenty of room to display the clothing and all the details on it.
Charlie bear is made to my own pattern. I created the pattern so it looks jointed ie the arms and legs stand proud of the body. But they are actually sewn on. Because they are sewn on the process of making this style of keepsake bear is quicker so I am able to offer it for sale at less money than the Calico bear.
Charlie Bear has much slimmer arms and legs, and a slightly slimmer body. The face is pointed with the same heart shaped nose and smile as my Calico.
To add to the character of Charlie bear I made the foot pads a rounded off rectangle shape. I love this shape and it means there is plenty of room to embroider the personalisation that you would like. The ears have folds in them which adds an interesting extra detail.
The pattern for Charlie Bear if you would like to make your own keepsake is available on Etsy – click here
I will be adding a lot more to this blog post in the future, for now I will put some pics of Calico Bear and Charlie Bear here so you can see the difference…