Introduction: Signature Bear

Having just finished my last year of school, I wanted a way to preserve the memories and friends made during this significant time. This super simple Signature Bear was the perfect solution. It is quick to make and being made from an old school uniform, it can be easily tailored to your own personal desires.

Step 1: Collect Materials and Equipment

MATERIALS:
1 x Teddy Bear Pattern
1 x Old School Shirt
1 x Old School Pants (or a material of contrasting colour)
4 x Large Buttons
2 x Small Black Buttons
1 x Small Square of Black Felt
1 x Ribbon
Black and White Thread
Stuffing

EQUIPMENT:
Large Fabric Scissors
Pins
Quick Unpick

Step 2:

Using the quick unpick, remove the pocket with the school logo from the shirt.
Set aside for later use.

Step 3:

Collect the Teddy Bear Pattern, Old School Shirt and Pins.
Lay each pattern piece on the shirt, pinning into place.

If you wish you can iron the shirt prior to pinning the pattern pieces on.

Step 4:

Cut around each pattern piece, ensuring that you only cut through one layer of the shirt.
Cut the appropriate number of each pattern piece as indicated below (or on your own teddy bear pattern)

4 x Arm
4 x Leg
4 x Body
2 x Ear
2 x Back Head
2 x Face
1 x Gusset

Step 5:

Collect the Old School Pants (or material of contrasting colour) and the Pattern Pieces for the foot and ear.
Lay the pants out with the two patttern pieces positioned on top, at the bottom edge of one of the pant legs, but do not pin them.
Using the fabric scissors, cut off the thick bottom seam of the pants.
Cut a strip off the bottom of the leg, just above the top of the pattern pieces.

Again, if you wish you can iron the pants before you begin to use them.

Step 6:

Remove the pattern pieces from the pant fabric.
Pull open the ring of fabric created by the cut strip.
Using the fabric scissors, cut along one of the side seams to create a long strip of fabric.

Step 7:

Place the pattern pieces on the strip of fabric and pin into place.
Using the fabric scissors, cut around each piece, producing the appropriate number of each pattern piece as indicated below.

2 x Foot
2 x Ear

Step 8:

Set remaining fabric aside and use for future projects.

Step 9:

Collect two of the arm pieces and place one on top of the other.
Using the sewing machine, stitch around the edge, leaving a one centimetre seam.
Make a knot at each end, to secure the stitching, by reversing back over the stitching.
Be sure to leave a three centimetre hole at the back of the arm so that you can stuff it later.
Repeat with the other two arm pieces.

Step 10:

Collect the four leg pieces and two foot pieces.
With two of the leg pieces, place one on top of the other.
Using the sewing machine, stitch around the front and back of the leg, leaving the bottom open.
Make knots at each end using the same method as used for the arms.
Again, leave a hole of approximately three centimetres at the back of the leg so that it can be stuffed.
Repeat with the other two leg pieces.

Step 11:

Step 12:

Using the sewing machine, stitch around the foot pieces, attaching them to the leg.
You do not need to leave a hole as there is already one at the top of the leg from previous steps.

Step 13:

Collect the two of the body pieces.
Place one on top of the other.
Using the sewing machine, stitch half way up the curved side.
Create a one centimetre seam and knot at both ends as in previous steps.

Step 14:

Collect the other two body pieces.
Place one on top of the other.
Using the sewing machine, stitch the entire length along the curved edge.
Again, create a one centimetre seam and a knot at both ends.

Step 15:

Collect the two body pieces made in steps nine and ten.
Open each and place them face to face, keeping the seam on the outside.
Line up the edges on each piece of fabric and pin into place.

Step 16:

Using the sewing machine, stitch along the two pinned edges.
There is no need to leave a hole in these seams as one has already been created by only sewing halfway up the back of the body.

Step 17:

Collect all ear pieces.
Place two contrasting colours on top of each other and pin to secure.
Using the sewing machine, stitch around the curved edge of the ear.
There is no need to leave a hole in these as they will not be stuffed.
The bottom of the ear can also be left open as this will be stitched closed when the head is assembled.
Repeat with the other ear pieces.

Step 18:

Collect the gusset, back head and face pieces.
These will make up the face.

Step 19:

Collect both of the back head pattern pieces.
Place one on top of the other and pin to secure.
Using the sewing machine, stitch halfway up the flat edge of the fabric.
Remember to leave a one centimetre seam and make a knot with the sewing machine at each end.

Step 20:

Collect the ears, back head piece and two face pieces.
Take the ears and using fabric scissors, carefully cut small triangles around the one centimetre seam on the curved edge of the ear.
This will ensure that when the ears are turned inside out, the curve will remain smooth.

BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO CUT THROUGH THE STITCHING AS THIS WILL CAUSE HOLES IN THE FINISHED PRODUCT.

Step 21:

Collect the two face pieces.
Place one on top of the other and pin to secure in place.
Using the sewing machine, stitch along the front curve that will make up the nose and chin.

Step 22:

Collect the face piece, gusset and ears.
Place the face onto the table with the right-side-up.
Fold gusset in half length-wise.
Match the fold in the thin part of the gusset the meting point of the seam that attaches the face pieces.
Pin the edges of the gusset so that they line-up with the top edges of the face pieces.
Pin ears to gusset as shown in photograph above.
Using the sewing machine, stitch around the edges of the gusset.

Step 23:

Collect the back head and head piece from previous step.
Place the head piece on the table, right-side-up.
Place back head on top, wrong-side-up.
Pin the edges of the back head to the back edges of the face pieces.
Be sure to pin the ears between these two pieces as well.

Step 24:

Using the sewing machine, stitch around the back head, ensuring that you stitch over the ears as well.

Step 25:

Collect all finished pieces including head, body, arms and legs.
Using fabric scissors, cut small triangles along the seams on ALL of the finished pieces.
This will ensure that when the body pieces are turned inside out, the curves will remain smooth.

BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO CUT THROUGH THE STITCHING AS THIS WILL CAUSE HOLES IN THE FINISHED PRODUCT.

Step 26:

Collect the head and the body pieces.
Turn the head inside-out so that the seams are on the inside and the head appears as it will on the final product.
Keep the body as is currently.
Place the head inside the body, ensuring that each end of the fabric pieces meet the entire way around the neck.
Pin to secure.
Using the sewing machine, stitch the entire way around the next.

Step 27:

Collect all finished pieces and turn inside-out.
All of the body pieces should now appear as they will in the final product.

Step 28:

Collect all body pieces and the stuffing.
Stuff all body pieces as desired ensuring that they are firm enough to write on comfortably.

Step 29:

Collect the body pieces, needle and white thread.
Use a slip-stitch to stitch the holes in each of the body parts closed.

To hide the stitching in the final product you can push the needle through the fold in the fabric in your slip stitch. This means that when the stitching is pulled tight, the thread can not be seen.

Step 30:

Collect all body pieces, the four large buttons, needle and white thread.

Step 31:

Place one of the large buttons at the top of one of the arms.
Make a knot at the end of the thread.
Pull the needle through one button hole and then back through another button hole, making sure you don't pull the thread all the way through.
Split the two thread stands at the end closest to the knot.
Pull the needle through the loop created and pull tight to create a knot.

Step 32:

Push the needle through the top of the arm, in the position that you want the button to be.
Next push the needle all the way, width-wise, through the body of the bear. Use the side seam as a guide to ensure that the arms are even on the final product.

Be sure to place the arms high enough on the body so that there will still be space to place the legs later.

Step 33:

Thread the second arm onto the needle on the other side of the body. Do this by pushing the needle through the top of the arm in a similar position to that of the first arm.
Thread the button onto the needle and position it where you want it on the top of the arm.

Step 34:

Push the needle back through a different button hole, all the way through the body again and out of a button hole on the opposite arm.
This is easier if you push the needle through each arm and the body individually.
Repeat this step multiple times until the arms feel secure on the body.

Step 35:

Repeat steps 31-34 with the legs.

Step 36:

Collect the felt and the fabric scissors.
Using the fabric scissors, cut a small triangle with rounded corners as shown in the picture above. This will be the nose of the bear.

Step 37:

Collect the bear, black thread and needle.
Place the nose over the point at which the three seams of the face pieces and gusset meet on the face of the bear.
Using a slip-stitch, sew the nose onto the bear by stitch around the edge of the black felt. Ensure that you stitch through both the felt and fabric of the bear.

Step 38:

Using the black thread, stitch a mouth onto the bear, this time using back-stitch.
This mouth can take whatever shape you wish.

Step 39:

Collect the two black buttons, the needle and the black thread.
Attach one of the buttons to the thread using the same method as before with the buttons for the arms and legs.
Place a small stitch in the face at the position that you want the eyes to be.
Push the needle through the bottom of the button, through one of the button holes.
Push it back through a different button hole, making another stitch in the fabric of the face.
Repeat until the button feels secure.
Finish with the needle underneath the button.

Step 40:

To attach the second eye, push the nedle from underneath the first button, through the face until it comes out of the other side. Be sure to keep the needle as straight as possible as this will assist in keeping the eyes even. Using the seams as a guide will also help in this way.

Thread the button onto the thread and repeat step 39 to secure the button.
Once secure, make a small knot underneath the button and cut the thread so that it cannot be seen.

Step 41:

Set the bear aside and collect the pocket with the logo and fabric scissors.
Cut around the logo leaving a border of fabric approximately 1cm thick.

Keep the excess fabric for recycling or future projects.

Step 42:

Collect the logo, pins, needle and white thread.
Thread the needle and place a knot in the end of the thread.
Run a gathering stitch around the edge of the logo on the centimetre of fabric that you left earlier.
When you have stitched all the way around, pull on the thread to gather the fabric on the wrong-side of the logo.

Step 43:

Pin the logo, right-side-up, onto the foot of the bear. Ensure that the gathered excess fabric remains underneath the logo.
Using the needle and thread, attach the logo to the bear using a slip-stitch, making sure that you sew through both the excess fabric on the logo and the fabric of the foot of the bear.
Make a small knot and then push the needle a small way through the leg, pulling it out anywhere. This ensures that when you cut the thread, the knot is less likely to come undone.

Step 44: Optional

Collect the bear and ribbon.
Cut the ribbon to an appropriate size (this size can be found by testing it around the bear's neck).
Tie the ribbon in a small bow around the bear's neck.

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