Hi all!! I have a very dear friend who's having some health related issues. I would like to make a bear especially for her. She's seen the few creations I've made and has stated many times that she'd really like one. I want to surprise her, so I don't want to ask how big a bear she'd like. Smaller bears take up less space, but big bears are so cuddly. I'm leaning toward a 13-15 inch tall bear... small yet large enough to cuddle. What do you think?
Measure from the inside crook of the elbow to the crown of the shoulder bone of the person who you are making the Bear for and you will have a perfect, custom fit.
You might want to have the Bear be just a bit taller than that so his chin rests on his human's shoulder. That would be the perfect size for hugging!
Although I generally prefer larger bears for hugging (15" - 20"), I have also considered the fact that your friend might have to make frequent trips to doctors or hospitals and then it would be a good idea to stay below the 15" limit: it's much easier to carry a 13" bear with you than a 20" bear.
I also like a huggable the bear to have a good solid weight; but this could also pose a problem if your friend would like to carry the bear with her: in that case it would be advisable to keep him/her relatively light.
At the end of the day I am sure your friend will very much appreciate your kindness and it won't matter to her how big or heavy the bears is. (at least that would be my reaction to a free bear. )
I hit a snag with the bear, but fortunately my friend is fixed up!! She had a blocked artery in her heart. The doctors did a "catheter.. something or other".. said it was a miracle that she hadn't had a heart attack.. and she's now feeling awesome! I am so happy and very relieved! I'm making an 18 inch bear for her, and I just might embroider a pink heart on the left paw pad. I'll surprise her at church on Sunday!!