Teddy bears have provided cuddly comfort for generations. Kids and adults alike have a soft spot for these lovable childhood staples. Novice hobbyists may find creating a fully jointed bear a bit complicated. In contrast, this simpler pattern is easy to work with, even for a beginner. It's also a project that an adult and child could do together.
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Things you need
- 1/2 yard fabric
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Coordinating thread
- Sewing needle
- Straight pins
- Permanent art pen or marker
- 1/4 yard of coordinating ribbon
A pattern similar to the one pictured can be drawn by hand or created by connecting a series of circles and rectangles. Let children be creative with their own ideas, such as shorter arms or a chubbier body.
Pin the pattern to the fabric.
Cut out two identical teddy bear pieces from fabric.
Putting right sides together, sew around the edges of the bear, leaving a seam allowance of about 3/8 of an inch. Be sure to leave about 1 1/2 inch opening for turning and stuffing. The bear can be sewn with a machine or by hand.
Turn the bear right side out.
Stuff the bear with fiberfill. If necessary, push the fiberfill into the arms, legs and ears with a pencil that has not been sharpened. Close the opening with small stitches.
Hand-stitch to separate the ears from the head and give more definition, if desired.
Add a simple face using a permanent art pen or marker. For a more elaborate face, use buttons or embroider the features rather than drawing them.
Tie on a jaunty bow for a finishing touch.
Tips and warnings
- The child may wish to use a red permanent art pen to add a tiny heart on the bear's chest.
- If the toy is intended for a small child, do not attach buttons or small decorative items, since they could be choking hazards.
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