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.



Step 2: Sewing the Head

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

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

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

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)

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craftiigrandma

Question 2 months ago on Introduction

I have all the pattern pieces but can not get the instructions on how to put the bear together.
I was wondering if you could email the instructions. Email: lynngarrytite@shaw.ca
I would really appreciate it as I want to make my granddaughter two bears because she lost both her grandfathers one year apart.
I would really appreciate it. Thank you
Lynn

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ToniC7

2 years ago

I am scared now to attempt this, any pointers out there?

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Twig90ToniC7

Reply 2 years ago

Its not to hard to make but yes this tutorial is missing some key instructions. Ive been working on mine off and on for the last few days and am almost done with a cute bear :p if you or anyone else wants some more instruction i can create a photo series to help fill in some of the blanks and post it here in the comments

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Lisas1770Twig90

Reply 3 months ago

Twig90, please post pictures if you have them! tia

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mmsrocky2Twig90

Reply 4 months ago

I would love detailed pics, also! I've been sewing for quite some time, but this pattern is confusing. Some of the letters don't seem to match up. I figured everything out but had trouble with the arms. They look like T-rex arms now! Lol. Any help would be very much appreciated. Thank you! Mmsrocky2@hotmail.com

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evelynh1954Twig90

Reply 1 year ago

I would love to see detailed pics please thanks you

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PamelaA55Twig90

Reply 1 year ago

Any help on the legs and feet would be appreciated

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GeneB34Twig90

Reply 1 year ago

Made 2 bears but a few steps confused me. Didn't seem like letters matched up correctly If you could send me your added pictures or instructions it would be appreciated They turned out ok and I like this bear better than a lot of other patterns I have seen Thanks

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AngelaS202Twig90

Reply 1 year ago

I would really appreciate a series of photo too, especially the arms.

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sueh137Twig90

Reply 1 year ago

I would really appreciate a photo series of the arms. I've been sewing stuffed animals for a long time, but this step has me going nuts! Attaching them to the body using the letters just isn't working for me. Thanks!

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mmsrocky2ToniC7

Reply 4 months ago

I'm sure you have all tried this pattern at this point. If not, I would definitely recommend doing a practice bear with scrap or cheap fabric before attempting one with sentimental clothing. Also, it helps to use interfacing (I am using Pellon P44F fusible interfacing) so the fabric does not stretch, tear or pucker while you are sewing. This was especially helpful when I used fleece and flannel. Good luck!

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Lisas1770

3 months ago

I am an experienced sewer. I have made stuffed animals in the past. This is the worst pattern I have ever done. The instructions, (and youtube video) do not give enough information to assemble the bear. The instructions have numbers, the pattern pieces do not. Absolutely no photos to accompany each step. I love the design of this bear. but I really wish there were better instructions/video to make this pattern

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DeannaG6

3 years ago

Has anyone made this bear out of kids clothes who has never made a bear before? I've sewn numerous other things but never an animal, just wondering if there are some tips or if this is relatively easy to do?

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mmsrocky2DeannaG6

Reply 4 months ago

You've probably already made the bear at this point, but I made it with scrap fabric first before attempting it with baby clothes. It was definitely helpful doing it that way.

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CaroleD10

3 years ago

I love this pattern. I did make a modification that may help other readers in putting the bear together. Instead of stitching the head to the torso as the final step, I left an opening on the back where the back and bottom are attached so I can turn the bear inside out to attach the head by machine. When done, I pulled the head through the opening until the whole bear was right side out, stuff the bear and then sew it in the back by hand. By doing this it makes the head very sturdy as this is a common place that kids would grab this bear. It looks more professional and will last a lot longer. Other than this modification, it all worked out just great and my grandkids love the bear.

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mmsrocky2CaroleD10

Reply 4 months ago

That's EXACTLY what I will be doing on the next one I make. I feel like it's a bobblehead bear right now and will be more secure the way you suggested it.

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Patricia3CaroleD10

Reply 3 years ago

Can you please send me the pattern?? Thank u:)
Capuchin.241@hotmail.com

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deb9978

4 months ago

Please email the pattern to me at deb9978@verizon.net
I am unable to download it for some reason. Thank you very much. I love the face on your bear.