Introduction: Gigantic Teddy Bear

We made a gigantic 3 meters Teddy bear, but following the same process you can make any gigantic stuffed toy you want.

Step 1: Finding the Patterns

First step was to find a nice stuffed toy that would worth the trouble. We had this funny Teddy bear that was about 30 cm. The next step was to decide the new dimensions. We thought of making it 10 times bigger. Once we've established the final dimensions we knew exactly what we have to do.

Every stuffed toy has some patterns that give its shape. All we had to do for this next step was to find the stitches and cut them off using a scissor. Our Teddy bear was symmetrical so we only had to cut half of it (if your toy isn't symmetrical you should cut all the stitches). We also had to make sure not to cut anything else but the stitches. After we cut them off we had like 13 elements. These elements were actually the patterns of the stuffed toy.

Step 2: Scan the Patterns and Trace the Outline

The next step was to scan all the elements and trace the outline of every one of them in Corel or Photoshop or any program you like. You can even use Paint. This is what you should end up with.

Step 3: Enlarge the Patterns

Now remember we said we would make the Teddy bear 10 times bigger. Well, all we had to do was enlarge every pattern 10 times. Don't let the fact that you don't have a large printer be a problem. We didn't have a large printer at that time either. It was easy and cheap to print the patterns on A4 papers and tape them together afterwards in order to get our patterns ready.

Step 4: Cutting and Sewing the Fluffy Material

At this point we had to choose a fluffy material, draw the patterns on it, and of course, cut it. At this point you should keep in mind which side of the pattern to use. You can mark them on each side with L and R for left and right, knowing that you'll be using the same patterns for both sides of the toy. After we had the small pieces we started sewing them on the back into one pice. It is very important to keep in mind which piece goes where.

Step 5: Filling the Bear and Having Fun

It came up really nice and we stopped sewing when we only had a small gap left, enough to fill the Teddy bear. We actually had two choices for filling: 1. polystyrene beads; 2. polyester wadding. We choosed the polystyrene beads but wadding is also a good choice if you can afford it. After filling the Teddy bear we cleaned it up and made alot of nice pictures with it

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Treasure Tabby (author)2012-08-25

But the original toy bear didn't have to be taken apart.You could have adapted those bear pattern off of a downloaded pattern found online or from a borrowed book from the library or something.

But none the less that giant Tbear project is pretty cool.
A great thing to have around Christmas, Near a tree or snuggled up around the fireplace and a story.

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poofrabbit (author)2012-04-08

Wow this would totally be a kids dream! I'm loving all your 'ables! Keep it up!

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elliesmum (author)2012-02-21

where is he now? I could give him a good home!! xx

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KwartzKitten (author)2012-02-15

WANT
I just HAVE to make something like this.

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amandaggogo (author)2012-02-08

I want to make this bear, but make it look like a snorlax! :0D
Awesome instructable!

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ilpug (author)2012-02-08

Umm, how much does it weigh?

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propart (author)ilpug2012-02-08

well, about 100 pounds...

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ilpug (author)propart2012-02-08

Nice. This is a crazy project, but with an awesome result. I want one of these in my house, to use as a kind of random application furniture.

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MissouriVillian (author)2012-02-08

Slightly larger and I'd be willing to throw my bed out. Now you have my gears spinning, neat project.

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AussieAnglerGal (author)2012-02-08

AWESOME!!!

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mikeasaurus (author)2012-02-07

This is awesome, thanks for sharing! He looks really fun to lounge on.

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Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-02-07

So Awesome! I would love to have a huge teddy bear like that!

I feel a little bad for the poor little bear that had to be sacrificed for this gigantic bear to be created.

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propart (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-02-07

:) yeah, I know! But don't worry, I'll make it back

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Ulla B (author)2016-03-13

Hi! Looks great! I am an artist currently working on a huge bear and am worried about the stitching....Did the stitches hold up ? it's after all quite heavy....
My bear currently weighs 20 kg and needs a lot more stuffing - will end up weighing maybe 30 kg. That makes me kinda nervous about whether or not the seems will crack open...
I would love your input!

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Ulla B (author)2016-03-13

Hi! Looks great! I am an artist currently working on a huge bear and am worried about the stitching....Did the stitches hold up ? it's after all quite heavy....
My bear currently weighs 20 kg and needs a lot more stuffing - will end up weighing maybe 30 kg. That makes me kinda nervous about whether or not the seems will crack open...
I would love your input!

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Ulla B (author)2016-03-13

Hi! Looks great! I am an artist currently working on a huge bear and am worried about the stitching....Did the stitches hold up ? it's after all quite heavy....
My bear currently weighs 20 kg and needs a lot more stuffing - will end up weighing maybe 30 kg. That makes me kinda nervous about whether or not the seems will crack open...
I would love your input!

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Ulla B (author)2016-03-13

My bear's head...

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Ulla B (author)2016-03-13

My bear's head...

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Ulla B (author)2016-03-13

Hi! Looks great! I am an artist currently working on a huge bear and am worried about the stitching....Did the stitches hold up ? it's after all quite heavy....
My bear currently weighs 20 kg and needs a lot more stuffing - will end up weighing maybe 30 kg. That makes me kinda nervous about whether or not the seems will crack open...
I would love your input!

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penguingirl907 (author)2013-07-09

How did u afford all the beads?at 1st I was thinking that I could use pillow fluff then I saw I only had 3 and that wouldn't be enough to fill a leg! Must go fabric shopping

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propart (author)penguingirl9072013-12-11

We actually use styrofoam alot and the beads were just leftovers (check out our other instructables). This was a good way to recycle.

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penguingirl907 (author)2013-07-09

You are so very talented

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penguingirl907 (author)2013-07-09

fabsome but the little guy was so cute!....

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Pixie Puddle (author)2012-08-25

He is really awesome, if only I had room for such a sized bear, my kids would love it, :)

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ckrg92 (author)2012-06-06

is there anywhere else to download the pdf?
and how do you print out the pattern on multiple sheets?
Also the parts of the bear aren't labeled

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propart (author)ckrg922012-06-07

This is my instructable and I don't have it anywhere else. I used Corel for printing on multiple pages, I think you can also use paint. This instructable is more about teaching how to enlarge your own toys rather then teaching you how to make my bear. However the parts of the bear are in these order: a) leg and back, b) inner part of the leg, c) inner part of the arm, d) outer part of the arm and the parts for the nose, e) foot, f) back of the head, g) head and ear, h) belly. This is only half . For the other half you just turn the pattern.

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propart (author)2012-02-24

We used about 12 square meters. But you can calculate using the patterns. You don't have to buy more than you need.

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Sgt. Cookie (author)2012-02-10

This is just fantastic. I NEED to make one of these at some point.

One question though, if I were to buy the materials just for this, how much polystyrene would I need to buy?

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propart (author)Sgt. Cookie2012-02-10

We used about 20 bags of 60 litres filled with polystyrene beads.

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abdoo95 (author)2012-02-08

That is so awesome!! How much roughly did it cost?

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propart (author)abdoo952012-02-09

It depends on the material you use. The material we used was about 150 $ but I'm sure you can find cheaper ones. The filling didn't cost almost anything (we had alot of polystyrene beads left from our polystyrene sculptures so it was also a great way to recycle)

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