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. This year for Christmas, 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 can't 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. It is for personal, non-commercial use only.

My son loves his Hobbes and has been happily dragging him around for weeks. Thanks for taking a look at this. If you make one, please post a photo in the comments.

Update! If you need a great costume to make for your kid to go along with this Hobbes doll, check out my Stupendous Man costume instructable! It's easy and your Hobbes-totin' kid will love it.
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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) 11 months ago
For anyone having trouble finding the link to the pattern, here it is:

seamster's Stuffed Hobbes Pattern
albie.cruz76 made it!2 days ago

Thanks to Seamster, now my little baby, expected in January, will have a friend to cherish and have great adventures together.

Not bad for a first attempt at hand sewing. Worth it!

seamster (author)  albie.cruz76yesterday

Very nice! Glad you found this and were able to make one! You child will love this Hobbes!

hegure_ryu5 days ago

I love Calvin and Hobbes! It was one of my favorites growing up, and still is.

seamster (author)  hegure_ryu5 days ago

Me too! Now my kids enjoy it along with me. Fun times!

You've got some great projects, and it appears we have similar tastes in entertainment. I actually almost ran into one of those Studio C guys in my local Home Depot the other day. I was tempted to yell "Shoulder Angel!" but I refrained and let the man do his shopping in peace.

McKenzieH1 made it!5 days ago

Dear Seamster,

Well it all started with the gift I received from my husband for my 29th birthday a few months back (Last photos) And then I found your pattern. And... Well you can see the results! Haven't embroidered the rest of his face yet, but I'm also already out of both stuffing and black fleece. Love it.

Thank you so much for making this incredible pattern! I quickly realized that not only will my future kids need one of these, but so does my god-daughter, my siblings future children, my best friend's future children.... Happy to see I'm not the only person who has transmogrified/replicated your pattern.

Scientific progress goes BOiNK!

My husband would think I am crazy if he didn't think that these are so flipping fantastic!

Thank you thank you thank you... :)

seamster (author)  McKenzieH15 days ago

These look excellent! Thank you for sharing the photos. Glad to see people are still finding this pattern and using it. Share the Hobbes-love, I say!

whispergrrl13 days ago

Wow! It would take me a year to make that many. I made a creepy looking bunny for my daughter (hand sewn) and it took me an entire day to make...and it was just 2 pieces of fabric sewn together and stuffed, with ears added at the end. I found this pattern when looking for a hobbes stuffed animal to buy for my daughter. I don't have the patience or time to attack this pattern, unfortunately, but if anyone would be willing to sell me one they've made, that would be awesome! If so, please feel free to contact me!

seamster (author)  whispergrrl13 days ago

I will make you one for $1000.

Seriously. :D

*laughs* Thanks, seamster.....but I think I'll have to pass on that offer!

seamster (author)  whispergrrl11 days ago

Aw, darn. :)

SWV178712 days ago
I didn't have enough scrap fabric left from making winter hats to make mine according to the original patterns so I scaled it down to half size. This made it too small to machine sew on my old clunker, so I hand sewed the entire thing.
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seamster (author)  SWV178711 days ago

Wow! Nicely done. Thanks for the photos.

I'm glad you were able to make one!

mikieat10018 days ago

I can't stop's an invasion eep ! :)

seamster (author)  mikieat10018 days ago

The duplicator must be on the fritz again!

Excellent job, I can't believe you made six of them. Wow!

I bought too much material and I guess I have too much time on my hands,lol.

llindsay2 made it!18 days ago

I'm giving it to my son for his birthday in November. He already loves it!

punkinann20 days ago

Love this! Wonder if there's any way to modify the arms/legs attachments so the arms and legs fall forward instead of to the side?

seamster (author)  punkinann20 days ago

That's one thing about this that I wasn't happy about. And I think you may be the first person to point it out!

With less stuffing and better positioning when they are sewn on, the arms and legs could be put in a more cartoon-accurate position. If I ever make another Hobbes, that is one thing I would try to do a little better.

Hinkamus20 days ago

Made this for my son. It was a blast to make. Thank you.

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seamster (author)  Hinkamus20 days ago

Glad you were able to make one! Thanks for the photo. I love seeing peoples' homemade Hobbeses. I also just like typing "Hobbeses."


D3athScythe25 days ago

amazing pattern and very nice instructions, you are missing some instructions for newbies like me, had trouble knowing how far from the edge to stitch on the head and im having a bit of trouble stitching the strippes, i promis to post an image as soon as i finish him so you can tell me what i can do better thanks for this amazing instructible ^^

txdawood1 month ago


I'd like to make this. Thank you for sharing your pattern. It looks very professional and I think the final product would make a great gift. I have one question though. Is it okay to sew the stripes onto the back before stuffing it? I think it would be easier on me. I am okay with the sewing machine but not that great with a needle and thread. Thanks!

seamster (author)  txdawood1 month ago
I tried it that way and wasn't happy with how it turned out, hence all the hand stitching.

But you can certainly do it that way, and you may quite possibly get better results than I did. Glad you're making one. Let me know how it goes!
taciana.lorenzizanghelini made it!1 month ago

Thanks a lot for the pattern, the instructions are easy. Made my work flow easily.

Here is my Hobbes, or in portuguese Haroldo. I made some accessories for him as well: a tie, a scarf, a mask and cape.


Awesome! He looks great. Thank you so much for sharing the photos!

MashaRaczynski made it!6 months ago

Hello. Thanks for the pattern, it was really easy to make Hobbes with your instructions! I made two: regular size, and a mini hobbes that is about 12cm (4.7 inches). I used plush instead of fleece, and did everything by hand. Plush really hides the seams well. Big Hobbes took about one 50x50cm orange piece of plush, one 50x50cm black and half of 50x50cm of white or so (and there was enough left for the tiny guy).


your little Hobbes made me scream: Awww! :) i love it. Your plushy ones are the cutest in my opinion. I hope I can find some pieces of plush and make one, too.... thanks for sharing!

Little one is really great. You should make one. I carry him around with me :D All you hate to do is scale the pdf to your liking.

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these are brilliant. I don't have the skills for making this but would be happy to pay if you would be willing to sell/ make for a present for someone who adores Hobbes?? :-)

Awww, he is so perfect looking!! And the plush is an EXCELLENT idea. Not sure I woulda thought of that one. Thanks!

seamster (author)  MashaRaczynski6 months ago

Those are excellent! I love the little one. Very nice work.

Thanks for sharing the photos!

ploepp2 months ago

I just have to say: BRILLIANT! I will make one soon. Maybe for my sister. Or for myself? :-) Thank you so much for sharing.

dtaylor44 made it!2 months ago


seamster (author)  dtaylor442 months ago
Awesome Hobbes! Looks like a prize from a carnival game, but we all know it's much more valuable than those... Very nice. Thank you for the photo!
luciaaddie2 months ago

hi i wanted to make this but i'm unsure how much fabric to buy. how many yars per color?

seamster (author)  luciaaddie2 months ago

You'll need about 1/3 yard of orange, a little less of white, and some small bits of black.

thank you very much. that's very helpful

hphumlebaek made it!4 months ago

Now, I have also made Hobbes (called "Stoffer" in Danish)

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