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Cosy Bear Hood – making the ears stand up

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    Profile photo of JackiJacki @JackiR

    I can’t seem to make my bear ears stand up! I’ve tried doing the hand stitching as detailed in the instructions, but it still doesn’t seem to work for me. Any tips please? Also, I’m going to make a couple more, can I add vilene to stiffen the ears and make them stand up a little better? My fabric on the outer is a wool coating and the lining is flannel. Look forward to hearing from someone! Thanks in advance.

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    Profile photo of Lightning McStitchLightning McStitch @LightningMcStitch

    You could definitely interface one or both ear pieces to make them stiffer. Go for it.

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    Profile photo of JackiJacki @JackiR

    Thanks heaps, I’ll give that a go on the next one.

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    Profile photo of with love Heidiwith love Heidi @with love Heidi

    Did you remember to sew across the back triangle of the ears? I found this made mine stand up well but I’ve only used fleece to make the hood.

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    Profile photo of JackiJacki @JackiR

    Yes I have, but wonder if I’m not doing it correctly.

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    Profile photo of NicoleNicole @motherof5

    If you want really pointy ears, I wonder if a scrap of boning would work?

    I sewed it in cotton velvet and my ears were a bit floppy (but oh so cute)

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    a nice stiffener for small items like this is thin (1/16″) craft foam… it sews through without a problem and washes fine, especially next to wool. Vilene is water-soluble, but not a problem if not water-washing.

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