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Free Teddy Bear Pattern by JitterBugBark Free Teddy Bear Pattern by JitterBugBark
I wanted to share a teddy bear pattern.

This is for a 5 way jointed teddy bear.

You will need:

Scissors
Thread
Needle (I use a curved upholstery needle)
Eyes (safety, button, or whatever you'd prefer)
Nose (Can be clay, plastic, embroidery, etc)
Stuffing (I like poly fill)
Pencil - lead, and white for drawing around pattern pieces if needed
Doll joints, or screws, washers, and lock nuts

I like to draw around my pattern pieces on the fabric and then cut them out. Remember to only cut the backing, otherwise the fur will come out short near the seams, and your teddy bear won't be as cute.

If you want your bear to have short hair around the muzzle, I'd suggest trimming the fur with scissors before sewing. Also, trim the gusset too. You'll want to match the head pieces as well as line up the gusset and see how far back to trim. Trimming can be difficult the first time so try on scrap fabric first.

X means Cut. Reverse means mirrored, so flip over the pattern piece and cut another.

You'll need 5 doll joints, those are the easiest when starting out. If you're more advanced in plushie making try using screws, washers, and locking nuts.

There isn't a seam allowance on the pattern. I never use seam allowances because I hand sew everything. That's what I would suggest with this pattern. However, you can use a machine if you feel more comfortable.

Dark, colored in arrows are the direction of the fur. If the arrow is pointing down, that means the fur should be in that same direction, pet the fur to make sure it's going in the direction of the arrow before cutting out pattern pieces.

The gusset (goes in the center of the head) pattern is not symmetrical, I'd suggest cutting 1 side then folding it in half and cutting around the cut side so that you have 2 exact sides.

You don't have to use faux fur for the insides of the ears or the footpads. You can use faux suede, leather, cotton, fleece, whatever you want. :)

I forgot to make a note on the back of the body and legs, you should leave them open. You'll want to sew everything, leaving openings in the backs of the head, arms, legs, and back. This way you can get the joints in, and get them snug before adding stuffing.

I know the pattern's a little rough. I tried to clean it up as best that I could in the short amount of time I had.

This pattern is for EDUCATIONAL use ONLY! DO NOT SELL ANY TEDDY BEARS MADE FROM THIS PATTERN! DO NOT SELL PATTERN!

If you have any questions please ask, I'd love to help. :)

I'd like to do a tutorial with this pattern, but unfortunately I have to finish commissions first.

Please link back to me if you use this pattern, I'd love to see what you've made! :)

Also, I have not tried this pattern, so it would be best to use scrap fabric before using the good stuff. Myself, I'd just use the good stuff, but that's me. :D

Enjoy! :D

Finished bear : [link]
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itsabellehiryuu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
Do you have any advice about editing the pattern a little to make a panda?
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The arms would be black, the upper half of the body, (just above where the belly button would be) is black also, and around the eyes would have patches of back.

You may want to make the ankles wider, and the nose on the gusset wider as well. The legs would also be black.
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Lunaesp Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Student Writer
This is really helpful :) I was wondering (and this may sound dumb) there`s no back of the head? Or do I have to sew the back of the head that is in the picture? I am very sorry if my questions are senseless.
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The gusset doesn't carry on to the back of the head. You sew the 2 sides together at the back of the head.
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Lunaesp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, alright, now I understand :) thank you so much.
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. :)
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inaligrimalkin Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
How big is the bear after? I have someone who wants one that's about 7"
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The pattern makes a 12" bear.
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wh4tn0t Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
i am making my mom one of these for christmas (yes i know, very short shore time line but i have no job right now so i can work on it as much as possible. however, i am making a few sign adjustments.... im going to make it a little larger and instead of felt or faux fur im going to be using frabric from an old quilt that she ADORES but is no longer useable... i lookeded everywhre for how to make a quilt teddy, but all the ones claiming they have patterns end up being website they sell... they i just wanted to make this year extra special because my parents are divorcing and the oldest of the two of us is stationed in south korea.... she already has two, but her favorite burned when our house cought fire... i cant replace it, but i hope she enjoys it just as much!!!!!! thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!!
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. I hope the bear turns out, and I'd love to see it when finished. :)
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adorablesavage Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
I AM USING THIS!!!
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Just give me credit for the pattern. I look forward to seeing the finished bear. :)
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adorablesavage Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
Once I can print the pattern (damn printer), I will make the bear and give you all the credit!
What types of fabric can I use to make the bear?
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You can use any type of fabric. I used faux fur, but you could use felt, fleece, faux suede or cotton fabric.

Just a note, you should make the ankle on the leg a little wider. (I need to update the pattern..)
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adorablesavage Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Thanks! I'm going to make a plaid teddy (from an old tee) because there are no good fabric stores where I live.
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That would work. :) (I'm going to be making a plaid teddy soon too.)
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enid1985 Featured By Owner May 27, 2010
where is Yours bear from this pattern? i can't find it?
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner May 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Here's the teddy bear from the free pattern: [link]
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enid1985 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
thanks :) sweet :)
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Kheisa Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I may alter this and make a plushie version of my puppy from it. =) Probably I'll start by making the teddy bear, though, out of fleece or something I already have, to practice and make sure that I have room for error. xD
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's a great idea! I can't wait to see what you make. :)
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Kheisa Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha, only a year later and I still haven't gotten anything done on this. Well, for realsies this time, I'm modifying this pattern heavily to make a stuffed Pikachu for my Secret Santa! :heart: I'll post pictures after I'm sure she's received it so that I don't spoil it for her. :3
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I need to put up a new teddy bear pattern. I'd love to see how your Pikachu comes out. (I love Pikachu!) :)
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thexxxrust Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
Haha, this is really cute! I might try it out, but I'll be using some non-fluffy tiger-stripe-ish fabric for it - I have a butt-ton of it and I dun have $$ for fabric x.x
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :)

I'd love to make the teddy bear myself. Maybe I'll make one as a Christmas present. :D

If you end up making a teddy bear I'd love to see it. :)
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thexxxrust Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
You're welcome! Sure thing! I'll probably start on it as soon as I settle into school (starting high school tomorrow!)
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's great! Don't let it take away from your school work though. :)
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Startaro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Excellent! It looks helpful and easier than most patterns. ^^
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope so. I'm horrible at explaining. >.<
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Startaro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Lol, well it makes sense to me! :)
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)

You know, looking at the pattern, the leg looks a little thin.. if you make the teddy bear, you may want to draw the leg a little wider at the ankle. (Just a suggestion)
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Startaro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Thanks for letting me know that! :3

I have one question though. Are we allowed to alter the pattern a bit to make it look like another animal, or would you prefer that it's kept looking like a bear?

Whatever you say is fine. X3 After all, it is your pattern. :3
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, you can change if you'd like. Be creative. :)
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Startaro Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
Sweet~ ^^ I'm going to have tons of fun this this then. :3
Thank you! :glomp:
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. I can't wait to see what you come up with! :D
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Wolfvixyn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice, thank you!
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. :) Are you planning on making a teddy bear? :)
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Wolfvixyn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol, probably not, because I mostly have canine plushes, but I thought it was very nice of you to post a pattern, especially since all your plushes are so nice!
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw! I thought someone was going to make the teddy bear. That's okay though. :)

I have so many patterns to try, I'm so anxious! :D
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Wolfvixyn Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I suck at teddy bears! I've tried before, from patterns, even. I do better at canines simply because I study their anatomy in school :)
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No worries, I completely understand. :)
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Bubble-warp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
omg!! I knew it ! It looks awesome but so Difficult!!!!
>.<
I just can't do it ! it looks soo hard but thank you for sharing !! Much much :heart:
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lol! You'll never make a teddy bear unless you just do it! That's what I did, and look where I am now? :D

If you need help, I can explain things to you. :)
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Bubble-warp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
thanks a bunch jitterbug ^_^
I will deffo give it a try =) but right now I am giving it a go in Making a scrap HAt lol
^_^
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love hats! I hope to have time to make some hats. I came up with a bunch of ideas. :D

Let me know if you make a teddy bear. :)
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Bubble-warp Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
yupyup :)
I sure willl but i 'll just be using some felt :)
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A felt teddy bear? That would be cute. :)
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Bubble-warp Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
would it? I am using felt cuz I feel easy working with it and it's cheaper ^_^ hehehee
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JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Have you seen the Nonesuch animals? I can remember who makes them, but they're felt, and so cute! :)
(Look up Nonesuch here on dA, you should find them.)
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TooyaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
owo its a wolf?
sorry my english is very very bad
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