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Teddy Bear tutorial and pattern

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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.


MATERIALS:

  • 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

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.



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kthompson481 month ago

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!!!!

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Shaymin7704 months ago

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

patcannel4 months ago

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

CitizenRouge5 months ago

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!5 months ago

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

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caprice11935 months ago

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.

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Jellybean896 months ago

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

FordRacer8886 months ago
I am looking forward to making this delightful bear for charity. Thanks!
MyGiftToYou7 months ago
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!
jkim588 months ago
This bear took FOREVER OMG. But I really like how it came out and I'm super excited to give it as a gift!! The instructions aren't too difficult to follow - I'm a guy and I managed. Sewing the head on was a bit tricky. but the fur is nice because it covers up any irregular stitches. Thanks so much for the guide!
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Revekah 8 months ago
I am making a club at my high school where we make teddy bears and give them to cancer kids, and I've been looking around for cute easy to make bears and your's is perfect! I was wondering if I could make these in my club(like with your permission)
Flyvse12 months 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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Trollgunn Flyvse9 months ago
What a cute little bear!
mzaino Flyvse10 months 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.
AmberCamilia10 months ago
I didn't use a sewing machine, however I'm far from being a professional hand sewer! The instructions along with the pictures helped a ton! Thanks!
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TracyBunny10 months ago
I'm going to start making this tomorrow! Here's a tip: many thrift stores will sell 100% wool jackets with ripped liners at deep discounts (I buy mine for 50 cents!) and wool sweaters for good prices, too. Wash them in hot water with detergent and they'll be felted, which means they'll be tighter and easier to work with. I'm going to make a nice brown, tweed bear for my granddaughter - thank you very much for these instructions!
maddie27161 year ago
My teddy bear looked a little messed up but I'm only 13 and I did it all by myself
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Maddie, I think your bear looks quite nice! I couldn't have made this when I was your age. I love the colours. :)
How big is this bear in inches?
jcat551 year 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.
mzaino1 year ago
I like this pattern, and the instructions were ok. The only issue I came across was with the arms and the back. The photos are helpful, but I find that there wasn't enough to explain the arms. But after playing around, I managed to finish my first bear. Which ended up a Present for a Baby Shower. Attached are the current bear's I finished. The brown one is the standard size, the golden one is half the size.
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This is an ok pattern. The instructions were extremely vague and the photos really didn't help much. I am an intermediate to advance sewer, and even I had the hardest time with trying to understand how to put it together. Honestly, I had to cut some pieces while sewing because they were so wonky there was no way it would work if I didn't. That part could have been my printers problem readjusting the pattern to fit the page...oh well. In the end it's a cute bear, but it for sure is not for beginners. At least not with the current instructions and photos.
srose43 years ago
How difficult is this bear to make? I am a very, very unskilled sewer, but, my daughter's step mom passed away and I want to make this for my ex and another for her son out of her favorite bathrobe for them to cuddle with, so, I cannot mess the robe up, I get one chance.
jsharpe3 srose42 years ago
It's not difficult. I suggest practicing your stitching before since you're using a one of a kind piece of fabric. if you're unsure there are little glue pieces you can use instead of sewing. By using an iron you can activate the glue.

However, I suggest using a piece of fabric chalk to mark your lines for where you're going to sew. It helps, especially since you get one chance. Try double sided sticky tape to keep the fabric together while you are in the process of creating the teddy.

Good luck. Hope it comes out well.
biba1762 years ago
note: i didn't use sewing machine.... hahaha
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Your bear looks awesome! You don't need a sewing machine if you don't want too. Your bear came out just as nice. It's even unique because it was made by hand... literally.
biba1762 years ago
my bear is special because i didn't know that there's an instruction so i used my instincts to finish it with my own hahaha and it end up so cool and also fluffy because i used the cotton on the pillow haha
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I am making one out of muslim. it will be an autograph bear with a colorful bow tie. my granddaughter is having surgery thought it would be cute all her friends can sign good wishes. sign with magic marker fine point
Love it!!! just one thing remember that it is ritten MOUTH not moth!!
Ozero2 years ago
This is my first time making this. i love how cute it is. thank you for this awesome tutorial. like theemil i was also confused my the mouth. more pictures would definitely help. i was confused on a lot of steps and had to use a lot of time trying to figure out where what goes. but all in all thank you for this tutorial.
~Zero
with the mouth, the two Cs join together to make a triangle.
tobar782 years ago
I am going to try a practice run first. I want to make each of my 3 children a bear out of my wedding dress. I has some stains on it that won't come out after a fire. My sister made each of us a bear from a handmade quilt my grandmother made so I thought this would be a good idea for my dress. Thank you for the pattern and tutorial. I hope it works!
rbankovic2 years ago
I made this with some left over velvet for my daughter's 3rd birthday and mine came out a little different as I overstuffed it and put the legs on backwards (at least it seems like I did as they don't look quite right to me). However, my daughter loved her bear so much that she has not put it down ever since. I'm planning on making another for my 1 year old son, who was also transfixed by this big black velvet bear. Thanks so much for the pattern. I truly enjoyed making it and will post pics of the two bears once I'm done with them. Hopefully this time, the legs get sewn on right :-D
rlecca12 years ago
The teddy bear is very beautiful! Thank you for your tutorial :) I send you the image of my teddy bear. It was not difficult,but I have used the foam rubber as stuff material and the teddy bear not is soft :(
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ejewitt3 years ago
hey, can you make the instructions better please because i don't understand attatching the back of the head... i think the instructions are very brief and aren't clear or detailed :/ im struggeling D:
theemil3 years ago
I made this bear once and I'm currently making another one.
I had a lot of issues shaping the mouth. I don't quite get how to make it look the way you did. On my first one I just left the mouth the way it was before any shaping and stuck a button on it for the nose and it looks like the rat's nose from the Muppets.
Can you help me out with this?
I also think it would be helpful if you posted more pictures of each step. The ones you have up now are very vague. When I attached the mouth for the first time it took me 5 different tries to get it on right.
jumpforlife3 years ago
How do you sew the head to the body while keeping it neat?
CraftBear3 years ago
I love it and really want to make it for a friend of mine! Do you think any material wouldn't work... I was thinking of possibly attempting a fake fur... Also I can't download the template at the moment... It comes up with a server error or something =S Your blog is awesome though! x
I have given up with the fur idea, think I will stick to fleece =D
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