The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes was wildly popular through its run in the papers. Like most people, I've always been a fan, and now my kids are as well. For Christmas a few years ago, I thought a stuffed Hobbes doll would make a great gift for one of my sons.

The artist of the strip, Bill Watterson, famously refused to allow his characters to be licensed and capitalize on their popularity, feeling that doing so would undermine the integrity of the strip. Despite obvious interest, Calvin and Hobbes merchandise was never available. Thankfully, you can buy all the comics in book form. I recommend picking up the box set if you don't already have it: Calvin and Hobbes box set on Amazon

Since you cannot buy a Hobbes doll, I figured I'd make my own!

For anyone interested in duplicating this Hobbes doll, I'm sharing the pattern I came up with for free. The pattern produces a Hobbes that is about 16 inches tall.

The pattern shared here is for personal, non-commercial use only.

My son loves his Hobbes and has been happily dragging him around for years. If you make one, please post a photo in the comments!

Step 1: Pattern

I spent a while digging through my Calvin and Hobbes books studying the Hobbes character when he was in the stuffed-toy form.

Early versions of Hobbes were very cartoony, and things like the shape of the nose and the number and placement of stripes were not always consistent. His proportions also appear to have changed slightly over the years. Later versions were crisp, clean and very consistent in the features. I based my Hobbes doll off of pictures that appear in the later strips.

To create the pattern, I broke the doll down into separate basic shapes. After some trial and error, I had a pattern that yielded all the needed body parts that fit together to my liking.

This pattern requires creating and stuffing all of the different body parts separately, hand stitching them all in place, and then hand stitching all of the stripes in place individually.

If that wasn't completely clear, this project requires a ton of hand stitching. You've been warned!

Begin by printing out my homemade Hobbes pattern, preferably on stiff paper like card stock.

You will need about 1/3 yard of orange fleece, some little bits of black, and a couple small pieces of white. You will also need some polyester stuffing, poly stuffing beads if you want, two black 3/4" plastic buttons, and some thin black cording or yarn.

For anyone having trouble finding the link to the pattern, here it is:<br> <br> <a href="https://www.instructables.com/files/orig/F64/GAC3/H994XNS2/F64GAC3H994XNS2.pdf" rel="nofollow">seamster's Stuffed Hobbes Pattern</a><br>
Finished this a few weeks ago, and thought I would share because it turned out great! I gave him as a present to my boyfriend who loved Calvin and Hobbes and he was really touched. Thanks so much for sharing your pattern!
<p>Your Hobbes looks so good!! I love the fuzzy parts as well as the expression. Good work!</p><p>The boyfriend is a lucky guy to get a handmade Hobbes like this - awesome to see how it turned out! Thanks for sharing the photos : )</p>
<p>Thanks so much!</p>
<p>Forgot to show completed images of the Hobbes 2.0 &amp; 2.1 (3rd and 4th versions).</p>
<p>The Hobbes Evolution....</p><p>I first attempted to make Hobbes a couple years back using felt (far left). That was a terrible choice. I was just too eager to start, and I grabbed whatever I could. The felt material will just allow knots to slip through the fabric causing it to fall apart. Also, very thick and no elasticity. Nevertheless, I learned a lot making the process for future Hobbeses much easier.</p><p>Second one, Hobbes 1.0 was for more my daughter (middle Hobbes in 1st photo). Pretty much stuck to Seamster's instructions. I changed the position of the legs however to be more forward facing. That was difficult to line up seams. Also, I added a lot of &quot;beans&quot; to the base so that he could lean forward without flopping over.</p><p>I made a third for my brother for his 45th birthday. On that one, I decided to make the stripes on his back and head slightly wavy to give it a more tiger-like appearance... a departure from the comic strip for sure, but pleasant to the eye. What do you think?</p><p>A fourth iteration was completed for my son, who gave me a strict timeline to complete it.... before 2017! I completed it a day before his birthday 12/29. On this one I decided to recess his eyes a bit. Still was not completely satisfied, but it saves me from manually shaping the head and pushing in the eyes on a daily basis.</p><p>Still have three more to complete.... my oldest brother's, oldest daughter's,.... AND one for myself naturally!</p><p>Seamster, you rule!</p>
<p>Wow, these represent a lot of work!!</p><p>You've clearly gone into production mode with all these Hobbeses! Well done, and thanks for the photos :)</p>
<p>Made it for my daughter last year... I am in the process of making one for each of my brothers, but have since lost some steam. Missed Christmas, and now aiming for their birthdays. Thanks for the instructable!</p>
<p>Hi! ftleung</p><p>I would like to know what material you used for your eyes ??</p>
Hello Creativa03,<br><br>Thanks for the question. I just used some buttons... I believe 3/4 inch diameter. Not sure if the picture shows, but they have a smoky grey swirl. I thought they looked nicer than a set of matte, solid black buttons.<br><br>As the original instructions stated, it is hard to find oval buttons. So I filed these down by hand. Probably would have been easier with a Dremel. <br><br>Good luck!
<p>Thanks for the answer!! :) I'm doing a Hobbes....I hope to show the photo very soon to Seamster...I feel that I am cultivating patience hahaha</p>
<p>You're very welcome, and thank you for sharing the photo of your finished Hobbes! </p><p>It always makes my day to see another homemade Hobbes! :)</p>
Thanks for the pattern, about to give it a go. What type of stitches did you use for the stripes (apologizes if you mentioned it, I didn't have any luck finding it)?
<p>Hi,</p><p>I mention it pretty briefly in step 11 - but it's easy to miss. I used a basic whipstitch for the stripes. Good luck, be sure to post a photo when you're done! :)</p>
The pattern was easy to follow and sewed pretty quickly. What took the longest was the stripes!! All hand sewn. I found it was easier to see them on with a curved needle. I also glued the arms legs and tail on before stitching because it was going to a 7 year old boy I used fabritac. Thanks for the pattern!!!
<p>Excellent! Nice to see how your Hobbes turned out. Thanks for the photos! : )</p>
I made him for my nephew. His sister made a scarf for him
<p>I did it ! For my brother's birthday, my 3 years old son is Calvin and now have his Hobbes ! For a huge fan like me it's just perfect ! </p>
<p>Yay! Very cool, nice to see the photo of your finished hobbes! </p><p>Thanks for taking the time to share a photo. This always makes my day! :)</p>
<p>I made mines but I marked the stripes. I just made it out of boredness but now I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Thanks! </p>
<p>Looks good, thanks for the photo! :)</p>
Thanks so much for this! Have been wanting to make it since my daughter got into the comic strip and FINALLY hunkered down with 1 week before her 8th birthday. Am not a seamstress by any means but was able to follow your detailed instructions and happy I did!!! Thank you!!
<p>Very nice! Your Hobbes looks so warm and fuzzy! Thanks for the photos and the comment. I always love to get these notes, so thank you! :)</p>
Forgot to mention I used the plush type of fleece to make it that much more huggable, but word of wisdom to those that are tempted-- that material sheds impressively while cutting and sewing. Testimony of how popular this item is: my two boys are requesting a Hobbes now too!! Yikes...
My mom and I made a Hobbes for one of my favorite hockey players on the Colorado Avalanche (his first name is Calvin, it was a must). I neglected to get a photo of him with his Hobbes but he says he likes it!<br>Mom had to do most of the sewing and it took a long time, but overall totally worth it. We will be making a couple more for friends in the near future. Instructions were generally easy to follow!
<p>Very nice! Glad you made one. Thank you for the photos and message, I always appreciate hearing from people who make this :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much for this wonderful tutorial! Both my 9 yr old and 23 yr old brothers absolutely love Calvin &amp; Hobbes, so I made them matching Hobbes toys for Christmas! The pattern was so easy to follow and fun to make. Thanks again!</p>
<p>You're very welcome! :)</p><p>The Hobbeses look excellent! Thank you for taking the time to share a comment and the photo with me - it always makes my day. Cheers! </p>
<p>I can't thank you enough for this pattern! My husband has been asking for a Hobbes doll for our 2 year old since he was born!</p><p>It was my very first time following a sewing pattern and you made it so easy! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!</p><p>❤️</p>
<p>You're welcome! I'm glad you found the pattern and made a Hobbes! :)</p><p>It looks like he turned out great, too. Thanks for sharing the photos and for your nice comment. Still always makes my day to see other homemade Hobbeses!!</p>
<p>How do you sew on the muzzle and the buttons while the face is stuffed? Thanks so much! Great instructable!</p>
<p>I made this and am planning on giving it to my nephew. I would love to make a Calvin doll for his baby brother. Has anyone tried to make one and possibly already has a design? </p>
Thank you for this amazing pattern. My little boy wanted to be Calvin and Hobbes for Halloween and I didn't know if I would be able to pull this one off. It was definitely daunting but I learned a ton and totally surprised myself with the result. Thanks again!
<p>Very cool! </p><p>Glad you found the pattern and were able to make a Hobbes for your son. Thanks for the comment and photos! :)</p>
<p>First of all, I want to thank you for the great pattern and instructions. I knew I wouldn't have time to sew the stripes on by hand and thought I would wing it with sewing them on with the machine. </p><p>For all of you out there that prefer machine sewing, you too can make this Hobbes! If I had to do it again (and I might given the love by some family members), I'd be able to match the stripes a little better between pieces that are sewn together. Other than that, I am thrilled. </p><p>I ended up hand-sewing the top head stripes on along with putting the body pieces together and the muzzle. It was a good exercise for improving my hand-sewing skills!</p>
<p>Nice! Thank you for the great comment and photos. Glad you found my instructable and were able to make your own Hobbes! :)</p>
<p>Has anyone tried to machine sew? </p>
<p>Yes, I mostly machine-sewed Hobbes, including Stripes. I'll post pictures above.</p>
Our Calvin got lots of compliments this Halloween. Thank you!
I made this for my nephew who is one. I'll be sending a red and black striped t shirt also! Hopefully it'll be his Halloween costume:)
<p>Fantastic, thank you for sharing the photo!</p>
<p>This looks like a great gift! I have never hand stitched before, so I'm wondering what kind of commitment I'd be getting into to get one of these ready for Christmas?</p>
<p>I'd say plan on about 10 hours of labor. Spread that out over a couple weeks, and exercise some determination and you can do it! :)</p>
<p>What does place on fold mean?</p>
<p>It means that the pattern piece is 1/2 of what the final piece of fabric should be. Fold the fabric in half, place the pattern piece with the indicated edge "on the fold" and then cut out the fabric. You open it up and it's a full-sized piece. Hope that helps! :)</p>
<p>It does, thanks!</p>
<p>Thanks for this! I had a ton of fun making this</p>
<p>Fantastic! I love seeing photos of peoples' Hobbeses. Thank you for taking the time to share these. Glad you found it and were able to make one. It always makes me smile :)</p>
<p>This was my first time ever making something like this. I'm not unhappy with how he turned out, but I might try it again because I definitely learned a lot and got a better handle on hand-sewing by the time I was finished. I embroidered the eyes instead of worrying with trying to grind down buttons. Also would make it safer if it were being made for a young child (no choking hazard)</p>
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