Friday, 18 December 2009

Things To Make & Do - Make Yourself A Traditional Teddy Bear

Here is my latest attempt at the 'Classic Teddy' pattern from which I made Honey last year. This is snowflake. She is a soft creamy white in colour- thought the picture does not show it!!-with caramel coloured felt paws and feet. She is this year’s gift for the lovely Emily, thought I have found it hard to part with her because she is so soft and huggable!!!!

Traditional Teddy Bear

The pattern is very simple and one that I have been using for years. It is all done by hand though it could easily be done on a sewing machine if you prefer. I think the pattern originally came from my textiles teacher at school, which, means I've had it a long time!. I have scanned in my original pattern and have cleaned it up in Illustrator so hopefully it should all still make sense. Enjoy!!

What you will need:
  • Fur Fabric
  • Strong cotton thread
  • Black embroidery silk for eyes and nose
  • Joints - Plastic Safety Joints got mine from Christie Bears
  • Stuffing
  • Pins
  • Sewing Needle + A Long Sharp needle for sewing eyes and nose
  • Pattern
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Traditional Teddy Bear  FREE Sewing Pattern 01Traditional Teddy Bear  FREE Sewing Pattern 02
Cut all the pattern pieces out following the grain/pile/nap markings on the pattern.
Be sure when you are cutting fur fabric that you only cut the back layer and not the fur its self this can be quite tricky but if you take your time and use only very sharp scissors this should help the best way I find is to give the scissors a little wobble to move the fur out of the way before I cut.

Once all the pieces are cut out you can start pinning and then sewing them together.

1. Sew the two back pieces together as marked on pattern - Upper back.

2. Sew back together lower back the gap between the two sew lines if for stuffing later.

3. Sew Tummy pieces to gather along marked line.

4. Sew front and back pieces together along marked lines to create a continuous seam - no gaps needed!!

5. Sew two leg pieces together - Repeat for other leg.

6. Sew upper leg together all the way to tip of toe leaving gap for stuffing Repeat on other leg

7. Sew the Arm pieces to each other following the dotted line and leaving a gap for stuffing - Repeat on other arm.*

8. Sew the foot pads in to each of the legs this is a little fiddly but with patience and enough pins it should not be too taxing.


1. First you need to join the two head pieces together from nose to chin or chin to nose its up to you (follow arrow 7 on the pattern piece).

2. Next its time to insert the head gusset, which runs from the nose over the top of the head to the back of the head, the smaller rounded end (where the 8 and line are on the pattern)goes in at the point of the join.

3. Pin the gusset from the nose along to the back of the head, on one of the head pieces then sew in place.

4. Then repeat on the other side, you might find that the gusset piece comes down at the back a little longer than the two side pieces, this seems to depend a little on the give in the fabric.

5. Once the head is all sewn together, turn right-side out and then run a gathering stitch around the opening, before filling with stuffing.

6 Stuff and the add a Coiter pin or plastic safety joint to the neck hole, pull the gathering tight with the pin poking out and then secure tightly in place.

7. Sew two ear pieces together as shown on pattern piece.

8. Stitch ears on to the head - Pin in place first as the placement of the ears really can change your Teds personality

9. Sew the eyes by using 4/5 French knots for each and fastening off the thread securely when finished.

10. The last bit is to sew the nose double up the embroidery silk and over sew the tip of the snout to create the nose. Again make sure that this is fastened off securely and your done!!

 Now your bear is ready to be jointed, the best description of using joints on the web is at Soggibottom's Blog or if you prefer you can sew the arms, legs and head directly on to the body.

13. Stuff and then sew up seams.

*If you want to make paw pads in the arms, as I have done, then you will need to just cut two pieces of the above arm ( both right way not reflected!!) and then use the pattern to the left cutting the smaller piece out it felt or fabric of your choice.

7a. Firstly seam both pieces together at thick black line using the same seam allowance as for rest of arm. Then just as above sew one inside piece to one out side piece and your done!

Traditional Teddy Bear with bow tie

Now say Hello to your new friend!!!!

Wendy x

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