I started sewing bears several years go in between quilting. It is something I had really enjoyed doing, but I needed a better method of closing up my plushies because I started selling them. I was told of a ladder stitch method and finally perfected it on my own. (Duh, I forget about Googling stuff). However , Julie at Crafty Quilter shared this great tutorial a week or so ago. Hopefully it will help save someone else some time. if they should find themselves closing pillows, plushies or what ever needs closing nicely. After you have practiced a couple of times it will become unnoticeable.
The tutorial is by Positivieysplendid.com and can be hound here.