How to Create Your Own Stuffed Teddy Bears

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How to Create Your Own Stuffed Teddy Bears
Make your own teddy bear to complement your decor (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Creating a stuffed teddy bear can be done in a small number of steps, but requires careful attention and patience while sewing and tracing a pattern. However, creating your own stuffed teddy bear or stuffed animal allows you to select your own pattern and fabric.

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Things you need

  • Teddy bear pattern
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Cotton stuffing
  • Permanent marker
  • Small buttons (optional; for eyes)

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  1. 1

    Select a teddy bear pattern and using a marker, trace the pattern onto two pieces of fabric. If you decide not to use a pattern, freehand trace the teddy bear outline onto the fabric, leaving an extra 1/4 inch for sewing.

  2. 2

    Cut out your outline.

  3. 3

    Using a sewing machine or needle and thread, place the pieces of fabric inside out and sew around the edges. Leave an inch unsewed for inserting the cotton stuffing.

  4. 4

    Turn the animal inside-out to hide the stitching.

  5. 5

    Stuff the teddy bear through the unsewed patch to a desired level of fullness.

  6. 6

    Using small, precise stitching, sew together the remainder of the pattern.

  7. 7

    Add embellishments as desired, using a marker (or thread and buttons) to create a mouth, nose and eyes.

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