I think the easiest thing to do is let the pictures do the explaining! (and there are quite a few pictures! - click on them to make them bigger if you want a better look)...
So there we go! The amazing project I've been working on over the last few weeks. I attempted to make a pregnant bear when I first started out bearmaking about a decade ago - but got really lazy and couldn't be bother making the baby! I just put a note inside the belly saying 'gone fishin'. lol.
So I decided to do it properly this time. And it was a mission and a half! I think I just got incredibly lucky that the baby actually fit inside the belly! He's about 5" fully stretched out. But curled up he's quite tiny. Then I had the challenge of how to make a semi-realistic looking umbilical cord, and make it detachable so that the gorgeous little baby could come out! Good old hook and eye clips! I actually really like the umbilical cord stump on the baby too. Adds to the whole authentic newborn look! His sleepy eyelids were new for me too. And worked amazingly! You can't even see my stitches! I think I had a sewing angel helping me out through this whole process.
Well, I hope you enjoy the photos! The New Life duo are now on bearpile. And I also have an album of photos on facebook.