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Beginners bearmaking course


About the Course

This one-day course will teach you everything you know to make your very first teddy bear:

Laying out your pattern
Cutting out
Sewing the pieces together
Closing seams
Creating your bears face- eyes nose smile
Attaching ears

They are run by Sally Thomas, award-winning international teddy bear artist and former proprietor of Bear with Me, a teddy bear shop in Northamptonshire.

These day courses, from 9-4 will be held at my home. From January 2019 on Tuesdays starting from 15th January. I am flexible and can accommodate 2 trainees.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All your first set of bearmaking equipment and materials are supplied along with refreshments.
And of course 7hrs tuition


Sally Thomas at Bear with Me
49 Cora Road
NN16 0QQ
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  • Teenagers

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- - #17335

Had a great day with Sally making my bear! She is very encouraging and helpful, especially to a beginner,like me, at hand sewing. Had a lot of fun and very pleased to go home with a fantastic bear (he looked quite pleased too). If you are thinking of having a go, do book this - you won’t regret it

Response from Bear with Me:

Hi Linda. It was a pleasure. May you have many days of happy bear making. Thankyou so much for this heartwarming review too. Made me blush xxx

In-person course
- - #14706

I have just made my first ever bear and it was so much fun, highly recommend this class and Sally the owner and tutor of Bear shop was excellent. She had loads of patience and expertise, and a true bear lover.

Response from Bear with Me:

Hi Carolyn
Thankyou for your kind words.
I’m glad you enjoyed your first taste at making a bear. Thankyou for your patience on what was a busy day
I can’t wait to see bear 2 and beyond.

In-person course
- - #12402

What a fantastic day! I had no idea how to make a bear, Sally was kind, patient and fun. After 7 hours which flew by i came home with the most adorable cheeky looking bear and some bear supplies. I had so much fun and learnt alot and laughed till my sides ached. I couldnt believe i had made this bear who has had a few adventures with me. Go on this course its fantastic i would recommend it to everyone. Already have my next bear lined up for making. Bear hugs for Sally. 🐻❤

Response from Bear with Me:

Hi Katie. Thankyou so much for your wonderful feedback. We did have fun didn’t we. Can’t wait to see your next creation.
See you again soon

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- - #12369

A course being enjoyable is mainly due to the instructor and Sally is just full of life and so much fun to be with 7hrs just whizzes by. I came away with the most gorgeous bear that I had actually made myself!it even inspired me to go home and make some on my own. I now have a bear making corner in the living room. I suspect they are taking over. Do this course even if it's just for the beautiful bear you make on the day and 7hrs of random chat.

Response from Bear with Me:

I am glad you enjoyed your day bear making. It looks like you have a new hobby now then. May you continue to work on new bears. Thankyou for your kind comments. Sally the bear maker. 🐻❤️🐻

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