How to make teddy bears for kids

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How to make teddy bears for kids
Simple teddy bear pattern (Vickie Kapnas)

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

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    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.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Pattern pinned to fabric
  2. 2

    Pin the pattern to the fabric.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Cut fabric
  3. 3

    Cut out two identical teddy bear pieces from fabric.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Sewn bear
  4. 4

    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.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Sewing bear closed
  5. 5

    Turn the bear right side out.

  6. 6

    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.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Adding definition to ears
  7. 7

    Hand-stitch to separate the ears from the head and give more definition, if desired.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Add a friendly face.
  8. 8

    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.

    How to make teddy bears for kids
    Finished bear
  9. 9

    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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