attaching arms and legs on stuffed animals
Posted 20 May 2006 - 12:06 PM
Maybe I am overlooking something obvious, but how exactly do you attach the arms and legs. I have tried using a yarn needle to sew arms on with the end of the yarn I made the arm from. This works pretty good with some yarns, but doesn't seem to work good when I use more textured yarn. (The needle seems to go through the middle of the yarn and get stuck.) I have tried "stiching" by using a crochet hook to weave the yarn in and out, which seems to work only marginally well. It takes both my hands to do this, and I find that after I am finished the limb sometimes shifts from where I wanted it.
I am thinking of maybe sewing on the limbs with thread (maybe a thick thread like crochet thread). I think it might be easier, but I am wondering if it would be strong enough to stay on if little kids pulled on the arms of legs. Also I am concerned that a normal thread would not be strong enough, but a thicker thread might show and detract for the look of the bear.
Posted 20 May 2006 - 09:57 PM
Posted 21 May 2006 - 01:47 PM
Posted 21 May 2006 - 02:41 PM
I usually sew appendages on with the same yarn, either an extra tail or a separate piece, using a yarn needle. (This works well as I usually only make stuffed animals in plain worsted weight yarn.) As for the angle they attach at - that is DEFINITELY an art form. I usually hold the arms/legs/head/whatever up to the piece first to see how I want it to go on, rotate it this way and that for the best surface-to-surface fit, and take one stitch. Then I go around it one stitch at a time, constantly checking the position. To change the way it's pointing, you can 'cheat' a little bit and sew a stitch from, say, the first or second round of the arm directly to the body. I don't really know how to explain it, I hope this helped at least some...
Posted 21 May 2006 - 02:53 PM
I have heard that some use embroidery floss with some animals especially when they are small.
I do think it's just a bit tricky to get the legs/arms on.
Posted 21 May 2006 - 03:57 PM
Posted 29 May 2006 - 04:16 PM
Now the next step is to get my photos on photocbuchet so I can post my bears.
Posted 29 May 2006 - 07:31 PM
I do the same thing, and then I use some scrap bits of yarn and a crochet hook to tack it on (like if you were making fringe).
I usually hold the arms/legs/head/whatever up to the piece first to see how I want it to go on, rotate it this way and that for the best surface-to-surface fit, and take one stitch.
I go ahead and do that on all of the limbs, and adjust as neccessary.
THEN I use the yarn needle to sew on the arms/legs, whatever. This has helped A LOT. I had a lot of arms and legs to attach when I made a set of animals to match my daughters nursery decor.
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Posted 31 May 2006 - 11:39 AM