When you draw your leg patterns is the seam allowance included? I always draw mine with it included so when I measure up for the footpad I remove a little bit for the seam allowance (make sure you include both seam allowances if you have a two piece leg or just one for a 1 piece leg). This may be why your footpads are a touch bigger then you need.
I have recently been selling a few odds and ends on ebay. I had a few buyers who took more then three days to pay, one was almost a week. Not one of them let me know there would be a delay in payment (I actually ask in payment information to be contacted within 3 days). I always inform the seller if I am not paying for a few days, but some people don't. Hope it works out for you.
Hard for me to choose!! I have shopped at pretty much all of the online Teddy Bear shops here in Australia. You can add The Teddy Tree (http://www.teddytree.com.au/Teddy_Tree/About_Us.html) and Art of the Teddy Bears (http://www.theartofteddybears.com/prestashop/) to the above list. I do agree that some of the websites suffer from a serious lack of products syndrome!!! Its good to have a choice to shop from as they don't all stock the same products.
Definitely one of Monica's. She has a pattern called Dufus which is very similar juts with an open mouth. Its an applied open mouth so you could just leave it off to get that look. http://www.monicasattictreasures.com.au/dufus%20p.html
Hi. Whereabouts in Australia are you?? We have loads of Teddy Bear Supply Shops in Australia which sell both mohair and growlers. Here's the links to their websites..
I have done both online bear making courses and in person workshops. I work full time so I can't get to as many in person workshops as I would like to. Online workshops are good because I don't have to travel anywhere to do it and you can work at your own pace and in your own time. It also allowed me to do workshops with artists in other countries I would never get a chance to meet otherwise. A good course needs to have lots of pictures with clear explanations. They don't need to involve a whole bear either. Courses on certain techniques are great as well.
The cons of course are that you don't get the same personal interaction with the teacher or other students.
I have paid between $30 and $60 for online workshops depending on the length of time and difficulty of the project.
With Cotter pins I like to insert them into the leg/arm, then stuff the leg/arm and close the opening. I don't attach them to the body until they are stuffed. Then I joint them to the body. This allows you to alter the position of your arm/leg without bending over the cotter pin. You could always insert the cotter pins and add some stuffing to the body to check joint position. This way you dont have to pull the whole joint out and start again.
I always mark my joint positions on my patterns. When I started designing my own bears I always tended to put my arms too high. I ended up having to study many of the patterns I had bought to see how joints should be placed.