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Day courses

Tillington bear making courses are comprehensive but informal and are designed to help those who have never made a bear before or who need a bit of help in the early stages.  The cats often help by lying on the work table!

All Yours (beginners)

The day starts when you arrive, usually about 10am, and goes on until around 5.30pm. You have a choice of fabric (mohair) and Tilly works with you throughout the day to make sure you go home with a complete bear. A buffet lunch and refreshments are included.

Finishing Touch (flexible options)

For people who donít manage to finish their bear on the group course, Tilly runs evening 'finisher' courses. These can also be used for extra tuition if help is needed on any particular aspect of bear-making (for example, noses, paw-pads) or as an introduction to adapting patterns and designing your own bear. The fee for an evening course (around 2 hours, with a break for tea/coffee) is £30.

Sewing machine

You are welcome to bring a sewing machine. If you don't have one or decide not to bring yours, Tilly can let you use one for the day free of charge.

Supplied on a Tillington Course:


good quality mohair, to make one bear;


good quality fillers;




5 joint sets (discs, washers, and cotter pins or nuts and bolts);


a pair of glass or onyx eyes;


threads and twine for one bear, including Perle nose thread.


the bear pattern.

Course fee

The course fee is £200, including all the materials and the bear pattern, which you can take away and use again.

For course dates, please contact us. If you are interested, email or call Tilly (tilly@tillingtonbears.co.uk) to talk about dates and requirements