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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

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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.

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Hi! I would like to know how many centimeter is the finish bear :) thanks
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.

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

pammy024 jcat552 months ago

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

LynnL321 days 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

TorukLukto1 month ago

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

cosmo.bauker made it!3 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.

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cookie19524 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?

craftingblues6 months ago

I make bears but I call them Forever Teddy Bears

https://www.facebook.com/ForeverTeddyBears?ref=boo...

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!6 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!

CitizenRouge7 months ago

How big is the finished bear?

kthompson489 months 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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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.

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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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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!
jkim581 year 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 1 year 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)
Flyvse1 year 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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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 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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TracyBunny1 year 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?
mzaino2 years 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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mrs.wally092 years ago
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.
biba1763 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.
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