Can I use the less expensive craft felt for my
bears foot & paw pads?
Craft felt is not generally recommended for use in a bears foot
& paw pads as it is not strong enough. If you have your heart
set on a particular colour of craft felt, try using an iron on interfacing
AND lining it with another piece of fabric. 100% wool felt is stronger
you do not need to interface or line it and thus simpler to
Can I use other fabrics for my bears foot
& paw pads?
Sure, leather, suede, ultrasuede, other fabrics such as tapestry and
even satin with a lace overlay are good options. Just be sure to test
the fabric for strength and if you think it might not be strong enough,
line it with another fabric (a broadcloth works well).
What are flexlimbs?
is a foam-coated wire with a metal
eye on the top. These are attached to the hardboard joint and then
inserted in to the limb of the bear. This enables your bear to not
only have articulated joints, but be able to bend his elbows, knees,
wrists and ankles, too. Be sure to leave the stuffing hole at the
top of the shoulder or hip for flexlimb.