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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.

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For anyone having trouble finding the link to the pattern, here it is:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/files/orig/F64/GAC3/H994XNS2/F64GAC3H994XNS2.pdf" rel="nofollow">seamster's Stuffed Hobbes Pattern</a><br>
<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>
Reinterpreted as a lioness for someone who likes lionesses
<p>Looks good! And I have to say, this is the first lioness I've seen from my Hobbes pattern. Looks good, thank you for the photo! :)</p>
This was the first project of this kind I have done and am so happy with it! Thank you so much for the amazing pattern. Hopefully my baby niece appreciates it when she gets a bit older :)
<p>Excellent! Thanks for sharing the photo. </p><p>I'm sure your niece will love and appreciate her Hobbes. If she doesn't, just go ahead and steal him back for yourself!! ;)</p>
<p>First of all, I don't sew. I don't own a sewing machine, didn't even have a real needle and thread until now. It took me while as everything was sewn by hand but I am so amazed at how he came out! Thank you for the awesome pattern and instructions! My son, who is actually a lot like Calvin and quotes him regularly, is going to be so excited! </p>
<p>You're very welcome! </p><p>Your Hobbes turned out looking great, especially considering it was your first sewing project. Glad you found my pattern and were able to make one. Thanks for the photo and great comment. It always makes my day to see stuff like this! :) </p>
My son is thrilled with his Hobbes. Thanks so much for the instructions! (I changed the leg position per my son's request) Great pattern!
<p>Awesome! Looks like a great Hobbes, and one happy kid. Glad you found my pattern and were able to make one - thank you for the photo!! : D</p>
<p>My dad - a longtime C&amp;H fan - has been asking me to make one of these for years, and a few weeks ago I finally got around to looking up patterns. This one was by far the most realistic-looking, so I decided to try it. My first thoughts after reading the warnings about it being &quot;extremely time-consuming&quot; and requiring &quot;a lot of hand stitching&quot; were <em>Phsh! I'm a hand-stitching master and it can't possibly</em>-</p><p>Yeah. I was wrong. So, <em>so</em> many blanket stitches! That first thought was definitely hubris. Plus I don't have a machine, so lots of hand stitching all around. It wasn't a terrible experience at all, though. I mean, I got to hug a stuffed animal for hours on end while sewing on its stripes. Who can say no to that? </p><p>Commenting on the pattern in general, the cut-out shapes were nearly perfect (and very easy to alter even when they didn't quite line up), and the directions were clear and easy to follow. Unlike the end result of many other stuffed animal patterns, the limbs were so secure when I finished that I doubt they will ever need re-sewing, so the author's suggestion to sew around and around with invisible stitches was a good one. </p><p>A few alterations I made: Rather than use 3/4 in. stripes, I used 1/2-5/8 in. on the limbs and slightly thinner strips on the tail, and trimmed down the shaped stripes by about 1/8 in. I also didn't stuff it as tightly as is shown in the original pattern, so it's sort of limp and floppy. For the tail, I filled a little cloth pouch with glass microbeads and sewed it shut, then dropped it into the tail tip before adding the stuffing. Most of the alterations were just personal preference, and they weren't at all difficult to make. </p><p>Overall, this was a wonderful pattern! Many thanks to the creator for designing and posting it.</p>
<p>Nicely done! I'm glad you found the pattern and were able to make a Hobbes for your dad. Thank you for sharing the results, as well as all the tips! :)</p>
<p>Thanks for the pattern. This was my 1st project and wanted to take my time and make something cool. :) </p>
<p>Nice work! Thank you for sharing the photo of your Hobbes! :)</p>
<p> nice</p>
<p>Thanks a ton seamster!<br>I used this guide to make Hobbes and then started traveling the world with him. I linked the full story with lots of pictures below.</p><p>Let's go exploring!</p><p><br><a href="http://intothemild.co/2015/08/26/in-search-of-a-travel-companion/" rel="nofollow">http://intothemild.co/2015/08/26/in-search-of-a-tr...</a></p>
<p>Thanks for the fantastic instructions! Between my mom and myself, we managed to get Hobbes done for our Calvin's first birthday. </p>
<p>Excellent!</p><p>Glad you found this and were able to make a Hobbes. The fuzzy bits look awesome, and those eyes are mesmerizing! Nice work! :)</p>
<p>What is the orange material</p>
All of the fabric used for this is polar fleece. Please see step 1 for details.
<p>I made Hobbes for my son about 18 months ago. Since then we have given him a fez like Doctor Who, made him a member of the Green Lantern Corps, and had many adventures! </p>
<p>Ha! Very nice!</p><p>He looks about the same as the Hobbes I made - all pilled up and well-traveled. Great photos, thanks a bunch for sharing. It always makes my day to see people's Hobbeses :)</p>
<p>Hi, </p><p>what size Hobbes does this pattern make?</p><p>And if I want to make a bigger Hobbes how exactly do I expand this pattern?</p><p>Please reply soon.</p>
<p>The pattern will produce a Hobbes that is about 16 inches tall. </p><p>To scale it up, one way would be to just photocopy each page of the pattern and enlarge them all the same percentage, and print them out on larger paper.</p>
<p>Thank you for your quick response. To make a slightly bigger Hobbes I printed the pattern on A3 sheets. On what paper size was the 16 inches Hobbes pattern printed on? A4 sheets?</p>
<p>I had to look up <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_size" target="_blank">paper sizes</a> . . I had no idea there were so many different sizes depending on where you live! </p><p>I used standard North American letter size paper, which is 8.5 x 11 inches.</p>
<p>Thanks.</p>
<p>I made a super sized one, thanks very much for uploading the patterns. </p>
<p>Sorry for the re-post didn&acute;t know how to attach the photo o.o</p>
<p>Hi,</p><p>How did you make this huge one? How exactly did you resize the original measurements?</p><p>Please reply soon.</p>
<p>That is a very large Hobbes. Nice work!</p>
<p>Thank you for an awesome pattern. I have been nervous to use my sewing machine but I was so excited about this project and your directions were so clear I had to do it My son was Calvin at Wonder Con this year and the Hobbes was a big hit. Can't wait to see how the crowds at Comic Con like him.</p>
<p>That's awesome to hear! Thank you for the great comment and photo. I love it every time I see a photo from someone who makes their own Hobbes. It totally makes my day!</p><p>Be sure tell anyone that asks where they can find the pattern :) </p>
<p>Can't help myself, I went and made 3 more, up to 9 Hobbes' now and enough material to make one or two more</p>
<p>Oh, and I had a shirt made too ! :)</p>
<p>This is awesome on so many layers. Fantastic work. </p><p>Who will be the lucky recipient of all these Hobbeses?</p>
<p>Thanks, 5 have already been given away,I kept the first one of course :) ,I'm just not sure who will get the remaining ones, it's a freeforall lol</p>
What a great project! He took me forever but this was so rewarding.
<p>Hobbes loves the beaches in Mexico!</p>
<p>Fantástico!</p><p>Your Hobbes looks great, thank you for sharing the photo! </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>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>
<p>Hi there - I'm not sure if this is you on Etsy - but it sure looks like your pattern:</p><p>https://www.etsy.com/listing/163042612/hobbes-pattern-digital-files?ga_order=most_relevant&amp;ga_search_type=all&amp;ga_view_type=gallery&amp;ga_search_query=tiger%20toy%20sewing%20pattern&amp;ref=sr_gallery_15</p>
<p>Nope, not me. </p><p>That is definitely not my pattern, so more power to the seller.</p><p>It is pretty unethical to sell a pattern for a character you do not own the rights to, though . . . </p><p>Free Hobbeses for everyone, I say!</p>

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