Which way do folk find it best to pack steel shot into small/tiny teds?
I like the feel that added weight gives to teds and have read what I can find on the topic. On the whole the suggestion seems to be to make up a small fabric bag, fill it as required, and pop it in the bears tummy. My problem arises with small bears, say around 4 inch or under, as a bag popped in either gets tangled up with the leg joints or leaves a bit of a lumpy feel. I've tried padding around with poly stuffing. On my last effort I resorted to doing without any container and just filling the bears lower tum directly. This produced a nice result but was a bit tricky when it came to closing the seam without losing any filling. I'm using 1mm shot which I find gives a good feel.
Any advice for a newby much appreciated.
I use a small amount of steel shot with every bear as I want them to have good posture and 'sit up straight'!
I put a small amount of polyester stuffing in the bear and then add steel shot and then more polyester stuffing.
I have never use the small bag.
Usually no problem with closing the seams (however, the odd piece of steel shot might try and escape!
Hope this helps.
I also use steel shot in my bears, from 3" bears up to 16" bears. I don't use a pouch as I can distribute it better when it is loose. My stitches are nice and tight so it does not leak out. (I may loose some AS I'm closing a seam, but not after that seam is closed!
It is important to use either zinc coated or stainless steel shot to prevent discoloring.