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With this pattern and tutorial you can make teddy bears our of pretty much any kind of fabric. For mine I used fleece because i wanted it to be very soft but you can use the normal animal fur fabric if you want.

The pattern I made comes with letters that indicate how to assemble but just in case I also added steps and tips.


  • 1 yard of fabric for the body ( I used cream color  fleece) 
  • 1/2 yard of fabric for the color details ( I used light brown)
  • 1 set of animal eyes 18mm
  • small piece of felt for the nose
  • Stuff material ( I used polyester filling )
  • Sewing machine
  • Pattern
Hope you enjoy and make your own teddy bear =)

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Step 1: Template

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The fist this is to download the pattern, print it and cut each piece.

Then you need to trace all of your pieces on the fabric.

For all of those that say you need 2, 1 reverse; after tracing the front, turn the pattern and trace the second piece.

Step 2: Sewing the head

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I recommend to start with the ears, once you have them done attach them to the front and side part of the face.

Repeat the step and make sure the color of the ears is on the inside part.

After attaching the back, proceed to sew the moth, first to the head piece and after that sew the front.

Step 3: Sewing the body

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Cut the pieces and start with the front, just like the first picture.

Sew the arms before attaching to the front body,  pin the parts to make sure everything fits properly.

For the feet repeat the process and pin all the pieces together before sewing, sometimes it can be an overflow of fabric in this area depending on the kind of fabric you are using.

Make sure you assemble the tail and place it before closing the back.

Step 4: Stuff the body and get the face done

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Stuff the body and set it to a side so you can finish the face.

Proceed to attach the eyes, and pin the mouth to stitch it together.

I Fold the very bottom of the mouth to shape a lip and then make two stitches on each side (Same place the pin is)

After that mark his nose with a stitch from the lips to the nose, this is how the back looks like after being done.

For mine I used a piece of felt to shape the nose, sew all the way around and your Teddy Bear’s face is done.

Step 5: Sew together

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Stuff the head and sew it to the body of your teddy bear and you're DONE! You can add a bow, tie or just anything to make it even more pretty!

Hope you enjoy this project!

Let me know if you make it!

( Remember to download the pattern go HERE)

- How Joyful -

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I cannot figure out how to attach the back of the legs. I marked all pieces with the appropriate letters but for some reason it's not matching up. Can someone show me that back of the bear and hopefully I can figure it out visually? The mouth is also giving me some challenge but I love the look of this bear and really want to make some for my nieces.

kaika_3 made it!1 month ago

From my experience I found the instructions on the site were only somewhat helpful. Was confused a lot while making this. I had never sewn a bear or animal so I thought maybe it was due to that, but I think there could have been a few more steps and pictures to help make it a bit easier. The one part I was confused a lot was the sewing of the whole front and back together. They should have mentioned there will be lots of stretching of one side to fit to the other (I think that is so the bear will sit nice in the end without the arms flopping down too). As I had originally thought that the pieces were cut out wrong or something, until it was all finished and I saw the result (also thought why it was done that way). Also when they tell you to sew the front legs the right way, definitely pay attention on this step lol, otherwise you will end up with your feet turning the wrong way once sewn. I ended up making 25...yes 25 of them as memory bear gifts made from my Oma's clothing for the family members. Everyone loved them! So I am very thankful this pattern was available for my use to do that. =)

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AmyT81 month ago

Is there a pattern piece for holding the stuffing in the nose or did you make that yourself?

kaika_3 AmyT81 month ago

There isn't a piece for holding the stuffing in the nose. Once you stuff the head of the bear, the stuffing goes into place where the nose sticks out a bit and is just held in place with all the surrounding stuffing in the head. At least in my experience anyways.

Im confused by the forehead peice as there is no forehead template, can someone help please? is the forehead peice actually called something else?

The forehead piece that is in the middle is the "front head" pattern piece on page 5 when printing the pattern out. It gets attached with the "side head" pieces with the ears in there.

LynnL34 months ago

Hi I have cut out all the pieces have managed to tack the head together and that seems ok. But having trouble with the legs and feet. On the pattern it say's cut 2 (1 reverse) does this mean cut 2 from pattern and 2 reverse bit confused about this any help would be grateful. Need to get this done by next week as my Grandson is due to be born then. Thanks

kaika_3 LynnL31 month ago

Cut 2 (1 reverse) would mean that you will cut 2 of the pattern pieces from the fabric but one will be the opposite way. So you can either fold the fabric together so the good side of the fabric is facing each other or the good sides are facing outwards. Then cut the pattern pieces from both fabrics together at the same time. OR you can cut one piece at a time. So if you cut one piece with the good side of the fabric facing up, make sure then next piece you cut the good side of the fabric is facing down.

I'm having trouble too!!! HEEEELLLLLPPPPP!!!!!!!

AlexKelly123 made it!1 month ago

I made using a bridesmaid dress and accessories as a gift for the bride.


ClaireO1 made it!1 month ago
Quite pleased for my first attempt, easy to follow instructions thank you ?
LisanneD2 months ago

I struggled with the instructions a bit and I think that I will write out my own for my next one. I sewed the whole bear by hand...just for fun:) I think he turned out pretty cute. He's for my grandson! (I made the whole bear one color/pattern so it would be easier. Thought I'd play it safe to start!)

Flyvse2 years ago
Thank you for this guide! The pictures were really helpful although I was a bit lost when doing the mouth and arm pieces. I have never sewn anything in my entire life, so starting out this project I was pretty inexperienced. I don't own a sewing machine either, so my bear is hand sewn. But I had so much fun doing it! Also, I couldn't find any glass eyes so I improvised!
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That's a cute bear
What a cute little bear!
mzaino Flyvse1 year ago
I love the color and fabric patterns you used, very cute and original! What I really like is how you improvised the eyes, that is really adorable.

If you have a craft store like michael's or joann's I know they sell whats called animal eyes and noses in the doll making section. They are the ones with the Washers for a backing. Thats what I have used for my bears.
I am having a trouble with connecting the bottom legs to the back HELP!!!!
Hi! I would like to know how many centimeter is the finish bear :) thanks
jcat552 years ago
Hi! I love this bear and pattern, but I did have a bit of trouble with the instructions. I wrote my own instructions (for myself) and was wondering if I could have your permission to share them on this site with pictures to help others. I would, of course, give all credit for the design and pattern to you.

I would love to see photo and instructions too, having trouble with the arms

pammy024 jcat556 months ago

I would love to see your instructions. I'm having trouble with this pattern. Could I see your instructions please?

TorukLukto5 months ago

como pego la cabeza al cuerpo si la costura es por dentro?

cosmo.bauker made it!8 months ago

The first one ended up pretty good, my daughter and I love him. Then, I tried a smaller one, it was much more difficult, especially attaching the head to the body, but I'm also satisfied with the result. For the next time I will get bigger eyes.

cookie19528 months ago

This seems so hard!I have got all the pieces but cant quite get it!Still going to try though because the teddy bear looks so awesome!

hi Charlene, I have been totally dumbfounded with the instructions for the feet how on earth did you do it?

craftingblues10 months ago

I make bears but I call them Forever Teddy Bears


I put a picture and poem on my bears that I make and my pattern looks so much easier than this one.

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charlene.walsh.50 made it!10 months ago

This bear wasn't easy and I'm a second year Fashion Design student. I sewed the front of the head to the back upside down and then I messed up the feet but eventually managed to fix everything. The instructions are not very good and the feet pieces don't match up so you have to cut the excess off. Here is the end result anyway:

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Love it!!! just one thing remember that it is ritten MOUTH not moth!!

Yes, and ritten is written written not ritten!

CitizenRouge11 months ago

How big is the finished bear?

My husband is leaving the navy soon, so my son made this from one of this old uniform shirts,

this is the first time he has used my sewing machine, he has had great fun making this! thank you for the pattern!!!!

Shaymin7701 year ago

so about how big does this bear end up being? :)

patcannel1 year ago

i dont sew much and this is my first attempt how difficult or easy is this pattern

How big is this bear exactly? A full yard of fabric seems like a lot to me.

I have found I can use 1/2 yard of fabric for the main pieces with a little left over if I place the pieces right.

caprice1193 made it!1 year ago

Here are a couple more I did for a couple of guys who wanted something special for special ladies in their lives.


Just wanted to say thanks for this wonderful bear. I am now working on my 4th bear and have plans for 2 more after this. Only suggestion I might make is to leave an opening in the back to pull everything out by and that way you can sew the head on with a machine if you want. This is a picture of one of the ones I already did. I used felt for the eyes and think you can get a lot more expression with it and it's cheaper to use. Thanks again for a wonderful pattern and tutorial.


Love the pattern! Made mine for a girl at work who is having a baby.

I am looking forward to making this delightful bear for charity. Thanks!
This is a very cute pattern. I'm going to sew it for my baby sister. Thanks for including the pictures and the clear instructions. Wish me luck!
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