Last week I showed you one of the projects I’ve been working on, I wanted to make something really special for our wedding photographers, so as a Thank you present I made 2 little bears for their son and daughter.
Now that I actually finished and shipped the teddy bears, I didn't want to just show you how it turned out, I also I wanted to share the pattern and some basic instructions on how to assemble. So gather your materials! and get ready to make your very own teddy bear! =)
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IMPORTANT: This project is NOT for beginners, and if you have never made stuffed animals and are not familiar with patterns, I would recommend you to start with a more simple project and attempt this teddy bear once you have the skills and patience to put together pattern pieces and are familiar with your sewing machine (if you are not fully hand-stitching it). I have added extra instruction and updated this post on February 20th, 2012. So hopefully now it will be easier for all of you to follow. I have no extra instructions or images but what I am sharing here. I am unable to give personalized help with this project, Thank you for understanding!
- 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
- a small piece of felt for the nose
- Stuffing material (I used polyester filling)
- Sewing machine or thread and needle for hand-stitching
* You can use normal hairy fur fabric too, I used fleece because these are for a little boy and a little girl, so I wanted the bears to be as soft as possible =)
[ Click on images to enlarge ]
Before you start you need to print the pattern (the link is above), I printed my pattern and then glue it to cardboard (before cutting each piece out) so that way the process of tracing to the fabric (and making more bears) can be easier.
HEAD ASSEMBLY: Pieces #1-5
• Sew ear (contrasting) pieces (#1) right sides together, leaving straight portion open. Turn right side out.
• Sew forehead (#2) and side head (#3) together making sure ears are in place (A2), see the picture.
• Attach mouth (#4) to forehead piece matching “B” and center.
• Sew mouth center seam to close.
• Sew center seam of the back of the head (#5).
• Attach head back to front making sure ears are pinned in place (A1) and center of forehead matches the center seam.
• Turn head right side out
Front body assembly: Pieces #6-10
• Sew belly (#6) center seam.
• Attach hand front (#7) to arm front #(8)
• Attach leg top (#9) to foot top (#10)
• Connect leg and arm pieces to belly according to letters on the pattern, making sure the outside edge of the leg is on the outside (this can be an easy mistake).
|Then sew the body as marked on the pattern.|
|Sew the arms before attaching to the body, then pin the parts to make sure everything fits properly.|
Back body assembly: Pieces #11-14
• Sew tail (#11), right sides together, leaving straight portion open. Turn right side out.
• Sew back (#12) center seam with tail in place.
• Sew bottom leg (#13) center seam together from point S to K.
• Attach bottom leg to back, matching letters on the pattern.
• Attach arm back (#14) to back (#12), matching letters on the pattern.
• Sew your front piece to the back piece leaving neck open and feet open.
Attach feet bottoms (#15) to leg openings, matching points Q and R to leg seams. Turn bear right side out.
Finish face details:
• Attach eyes
• Cut a nose out of felt, put in place and hand sew all around.
• Fold mouth as shown, pin and tack into place.
• Hand sew the head to the body with an invisible seam.
Sew the head and the body together: What I did was, I sewed the back of the neck and the back of the head first, I place them with the wrong sides to the outside (before stuffing, so you can fold them inside out easily) and sew all of the back of the head to the back body piece, then turned the bear inside out (right side facing out) stuff the bear and hand-sew the rest trying to make the stitch as hided as possible.
If you finish without any trouble, pad yourself on the back because YOU ROCK! The finished Teddy Bear is about 16″ inches tall (From his bottom to his ears), so if you need it to be bigger or smaller you can enlarge or scale down the pattern =]
Some of the best hints I can share:
• Each pattern piece is labeled with a letter (and in some cases with a letter and number), so take each step in alphabetical/numerical order. As the instructions state, start with the ear first, this is pattern piece “A”.
• Keep your pattern pieces handy so you can refer back to them for placement during the process.
• Different parts need to be attached to each other, so letters need to be matched up together.
• If you already cut your pieces without adding seam allowance, it's not a big deal, it will just be a tiny bit smaller.
• If you want to make a smaller or bigger bear, use a copy machine make the pattern bigger or smaller, magic!! =]
• Are you using a sewing machine? If you are, then know that some of the sewing involved will be too hard to do on the machine and will need to be hand stitched. With sewing experience, you will know when this is necessary.
• This is NOT a beginner project so in order to avoid the frustration, try something easier before attempting this =]
For the Bears I made for our photographer's babies, I changed the pattern a little bit and made different backs. So that they could use their bears as a backpack for the little girl, and for stuff pajamas for the little boy =] I am super happy of how they end up, so I just hope they like it as much as I do hehe
you can see in the top image that the pink it has ribbon strings that work as handles to be a backpack and the brown has buttons that make a pouch for the pajamas =] If you want to see all the rest of the pictures for the two very special bears, you should visit this post.
Hope you enjoy this project! It’s very fun!