How to Sew a Cuddly Teddy Bear

  • 01 of 09

    Make This Teddy Bear Even if You're New to Sewing

    Raw-Edged DIY Fleece Teddy Bear
    Mollie Johanson

    It's easy to sew a teddy bear with this fun and free pattern! Kids love soft and cuddly toys, and using fleece makes this bear especially snuggly. The design is so simple, that kids can even make their own teddy bear when they follow the tutorial.

    Instead of having lots of complicated seams, this bear pattern keeps it basic. And when you use fleece, the fabric doesn't fray, so you can leave the raw edges exposed on the outside.

    Make one as a gift, or make a whole den full of teddy bears to donate to a charity project!

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  • 02 of 09

    Tools and Supplies

    Fleece Teddy Bear Supplies
    Mollie Johanson
    • 1/4 yard brown anti-pill fleece
    • Scrap of tan anti-pill fleece
    • Scrap of black or dark gray wool felt
    • Sewing thread
    • Black embroidery floss
    • Pins
    • Scissors
    • Sewing machine
    • Embroidery needle
    • Stuffing

    Pattern Pieces

    Download and print the following pieces. Print the JPG pattern files as large as they will fit on standard size paper, making sure that both pattern pages print at the same percentage.

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  • 03 of 09

    Cut Out the Fleece Pieces

    Teddy Bear Fabric Pieces
    Mollie Johanson

    Use the printed pattern pieces to cut out all the pieces as listed on the templates, using brown fleece for the body, ears, arms, and legs. 

    Fleece stretches more in one direction than the other, and the direction of the stretch determines the shape of the bear. If you cut out the pieces with the stretch going vertically, the bear will end up more tall and thin. If the stretch goes horizontally, the bear will be shorter and wider.

    Cut the muzzle piece from tan fleece. Cut the nose and eyes from black or dark gray felt.

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  • 04 of 09

    Sew and Embroider the Face

    Sew the Bear Face to the Front
    Mollie Johanson

    Pin the muzzle near the top of the front body piece and sew around the edge. 

    Place the nose and eyes where you want them. They look cute and show up well on the muzzle piece, but you can also move them up or change the spacing how you like.

    Stitch the nose and eyes with three strands of black embroidery floss, following the technique of appliqueing felt for embroidery. Embroider the mouth with six strands of black embroidery floss and back stitch. Stitch everything through both layers of fleece.

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  • 05 of 09

    Sew and Stuff the Ears, Arms, and Legs

    Sew the Bear Ears, Arms, and Legs
    Mollie Johanson

    With wrong sides facing, match up the ear, arm, and leg pieces and sew around the sides and curved ends. Lock stitch at the beginning and end and leave the straight ends open. 

    Don't turn the pieces, but leave them with the right sides out and the seams and raw edges exposed.

    Fill each piece with some stuffing.

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  • 06 of 09

    Baste the Pieces to the Body

    Baste the Bear Pieces Together
    Mollie Johanson

    Lay the back body piece out with the wrong side up. 

    Pin the ears, arms, and legs in position as shown, making sure that the open ends are about 1/2" in from the edge of the body. 

    Baste each piece in place about 1/4" from the edge of the body.

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  • 07 of 09

    Sew the Body and Fill With Stuffing

    Fill the Bear With Stuffing
    Mollie Johanson

    Pin the front of the bear in place so the edges match up with the back. Sew around the edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leave an opening between one arm and leg. Lock stitch at the beginning and end.

    Check to make sure that all the pieces are securely attached in the seam and re-sew any if they feel loose. 

    Fill the bear with stuffing. If you add the stuffing in small tufts, the bear won't look lumpy.

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  • 08 of 09

    Sew the Opening Closed

    Sew the Opening Closed
    Mollie Johanson

    Pin the opening closed and take the bear back to the sewing machine. Sew the opening closed, following the same 1/4-inch seam allowance as before.

    Getting the stuffed toy under the foot of the sewing machine is a little tricky, but it does work.

    If you'd rather, you can also stitch the opening closed by hand with back stitch and matching sewing thread.

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  • 09 of 09

    Give Your Teddy Bear a Hug!

    Sew a Fleece Teddy Bear
    Mollie Johanson

    This soft and sweet teddy bear is all ready for some snuggles!

    Want to change up your teddy bear?

    • Use colorful fleece instead of natural colors
    • Transform this bear into a cat, rabbit, dog, or other animals by changing the ear shape
    • Add a rattle box insert inside to make this a toy that a baby can hear as well as hug