How to Make Your Own Teddy Bears & Stuffed Animals

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How to Make Your Own Teddy Bears & Stuffed Animals
Teddy bears are popular stuffed animals. (teddy-bear image by Vitezslav Halamka from

Making a stuffed animal can be complex if you are trying to make it completely realistic. But even a beginner can sew a simple teddy bear (or other stuffed animal) by modifying a rag doll design which will simplify the arms and legs. By changing the shape of the ears, you can change your teddy bear into a stuffed rabbit or other animal. Likewise, you can opt to add a tail if you wish, though most teddy bears do not have tails.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Stuffing
  • Buttons

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  1. 1

    Cut out the head and torso to be joined. Use a rectangle for the torso and a circle for the head, connecting them with a short neck. Cut two, for a front and a back.

  2. 2

    Cut out ears. For a teddy bear, cut out four D shapes, two shapes for each ear. For a rabbit, cut out longer, rabbit ear shapes. Make the ears for whatever animal you desire.

  3. 3

    Cut out a nose. For this, you'll use a cone shape. Start with a circle then cut out a slice (like a pie slice).

  4. 4

    Cut out arms and legs. For these, you need simple rectangles that are rounded at one end (for the paws). Cut four of these pieces to make two arms. Cut four slightly longer pieces for the two legs.

  5. 5

    Sew the ears. Pin the pieces right sides together. Sew around the curved edge of the ears, leaving the flat edge open. Clip the curves, meaning you snip the fabric every 1/2 inch but without cutting the seam. Turn the ears inside out, so the right side is now showing.

  6. 6

    Pin the ears downward to the right side of one of the cut head/torso pieces. Place the ears where you want them. Sew them in place.

    Pin the other head/torso piece on top, so right sides are together and sew around the head and around the torso, leaving openings where the arms need to go and leaving the bottom edge of the torso open for the legs. Turn the body right side out. Now the ears should stand up.

  7. 7

    Sew the arms and legs as you did the ears. Pin them together and sew around the edges, leaving the upper end of the arms and legs open. Turn them right side out.

  8. 8

    Sew the nose cone by folding it half, right side inside, and sew along the pie slice cut. When you turn it inside out, you should have a cone shape.

  9. 9

    Stuff the head and torso. Stuff the arms and legs.

  10. 10

    Insert the ends of the arms into the openings for them and sew the opening shut, stitching the arm into the body. Do the same for the legs at the bottom of the torso.

  11. 11

    Stuff the inside of the nose. Turn under the raw edges of fabric and pin the nose onto the teddy bear's face. Hand stitch the nose onto the bear.

    Sew on buttons for eyes.

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