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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, 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.

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 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!

2015 Edit: If you happened to see the story about the lost stuffed Hobbes tiger at the Tampa International Airport and all his ensuing adventures with the airport staff, that Hobbes was made from this pattern! Woo-hoo!

 
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Step 1: Pattern

Picture of 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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seamster (author) 1 year ago
For anyone having trouble finding the link to the pattern, here it is:

seamster's Stuffed Hobbes Pattern
CoraT made it!19 days ago

Thanks, Sam! Mine is a bit shorter and rounder... Baby Hobbes?

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seamster (author)  CoraT19 days ago

Oh my, major cuteness! He turned out looking excellent. Thank you for the photo!

CoraT seamster7 days ago

Thanks, Sam! Thank you again for posting the tutorial. =)

CapMiffy made it!16 days ago

Thanks so much for sharing the pattern. Made one for my college son. Did most of it on the machine so it only took a couple of days. Used really fluffy black and white cloths, which had the irritating habit of fraying so blanket stitch was necess for belly, nose, and muzzle. I figured adding the stripes would be pretty tedious so I bought striped fleece on Etsy.com where I also found black oval buttons. The tie is one my son wore when he was little. I'm pleased but my son would have preferred hand-made stripes.

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seamster (author)  CapMiffy15 days ago

Hey, it looks good! The real tie is a very nice touch. Thanks for sharing the photo!

How tall will he be?
seamster (author)  melanie.klar19 days ago

He ends up being about 16 inches tall.

StephanieL7 made it!24 days ago

Here is a better view of Hobbes on his own. I want to make one for myself now, but don't know if I have any more energy left!!

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My mother in law found some old vintage black buttons she had somewhere for us to use for his eyes, too! Very cool. My son picked two different ones, saying he wanted his Hobbes to be Unique.....

StephanieL7 made it!24 days ago

These two are inseparable! I hand-sewed mine since I do not have a sewing machine, but I think the results are acceptable!!

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seamster (author)  StephanieL724 days ago

Awesome! I'm glad you were able to make one. Very nicely done!

VickieD1 made it!1 month ago
Calvin and Hobbes was my son's favorite comic as a child. His baby is due in August, a boy, who will be named Calvin. My son wants a GIANT Hobbes for photo ops for the next 18 years. I enlarged your pattern 300% and have struggled with this tiger to attach his stripes, but I think he's going to turn out just fine. He sits nearly 4 feet tall. I need only attach his tail and he's complete. I thank you for this pattern!
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WHOA!!! Super impressive!

seamster (author)  VickieD11 month ago

Oh my . . . MEGA HOBBES!

This is so cool! Thank you for sharing this photo. Very inspiring!

sunashine1 month ago

Thank you so much. My brother (35) always loved Calvin & Hobbes and has read the books of his comic strips. He commented he wanted a Hobbes doll after the boy in the news lost his homemade one at the airport. It was his bday yesterday, but figure i'll give him one for a bday gift. THANKS FOR THE TEMPLATE! =) p.s. i started it. we'll see how it turns out, i'm doing it all by hand. thanks for the accessory ideas, too!

seamster (author)  sunashine1 month ago

Awesome, I'm glad you found this!

If you start to doubt your commitment as you go (especially sewing on all those stripes!), be sure to look through the comments here and see all of the Hobbeses people have made. It's inspiring!

Be sure to share a photo when you're done. Best of luck! :)

The stripes took me a week. hahah I didn't have the energy to get them all done at once, so I did a few at a time.

Hi Seamster, thanks for your feedback and encouragement, i'm ready to start the stripes. i'll check out others Hobbes dolls, and also post a pic later. thanks again!

sully4433 made it!24 days ago

My son loves his Hobbes! Thank you so much! Do you have any patterns for the accessories (scarf, mask, etc)? I'd love to make them as well, but am worried about my ability to go it alone. Cheers!

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seamster (author)  sully443324 days ago

Very cool!

I don't have patterns for the accessories. Sorry! But I think you can do it. You should just jump in and give them a shot :)

DanielleM31 month ago

Hello ! The second one is made , thank you soo much , I made 2 happy kids !

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seamster (author)  DanielleM31 month ago

Very nicely done! Thank you for sharing the photo here. Your Hobbeses look great!

dlove131 month ago

nice! Thanks can't wait to try this ?

This is fantastic. :) I already have a couple of my friends asking me to make one for them... after I make mine, of course. ;)

I was wondering, though... how tall is Hobbes once he's finished? One of my friends is quite tall and large (his nickname is Hagrid, for VERY good reason!), and he wants one a little bit more size appropriate for him. Lol! Just curious as to how tall Hobbes is sitting to start with, so I can estimate how much to scale him up. Thank you!

Thank you for the compliment!

The pattern makes a Hobbes that is about 15 inches tall.

Love Love Love this!! Keep up the amazing work!

caperutto1 month ago

Whoa! It's lovely!

I will make one for my wife! Congratulations!

DBB31 month ago
This is a wonderful gift to C&H fans. I know if this had been around 20 years ago, I would have made one for my son. I be printing this one out for the future. :) Thank you!
KittyCat 91 month ago

i love calvin and hobbes!

#Awesome!

That's great!

ClareBS1 month ago

Excellent, I love Calvin & Hobbes too. The airport story is amazing.

mlaiuppa.1 month ago

Wouldn't it be easier to attach some of the stripes before constructing the arms and legs?

buck22171 month ago

Brilliant, my absolute favorite cartoon strip ever, every (older) little boy knows exactly where Calvin is coming from, I am in my 50s and still as irresponsible as him!

pezrampage made it!1 month ago
Also, my little guy went as Calvin for Halloween and of course Hobbes ("Hob-Ums") was with him!
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seamster (author)  pezrampage1 month ago

Awesome! Thank you for the photo!

pezrampage1 month ago
I wasn't sure if you had seen it, but one of your Hobbes stuffies made the news!http://happyplace.someecards.com/awww/this-stuffed-tiger-was-lost-at-the-airport-then-he-went-on-a-grand-adventure/
seamster (author)  pezrampage1 month ago

Yes, I saw that!

It totally made my day. I shared a few links around with family and friends to brag . . . and a couple people said "Yah, yah, but how do you know that was from your pattern??"

. . . because there are only a few handmade Hobbes patterns out there, and I know mine like the back of my hand! :)

tigerfood made it!1 month ago

Here is my version. I made him out of old cashmere sweaters (underlined with old t-shirts for sturdiness), so he is very soft.

Thank you so much for creating and sharing this, it obviously has made many people very happy!

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seamster (author)  tigerfood1 month ago

Oh, very nice! Yours turned out looking excellent. Good work!

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