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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:

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.


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?
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.
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.
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.
Lunaesp Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Student Writer
Oh, alright, now I understand :) thank you so much.
JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome. :)
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"
JitterBugBark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The pattern makes a 12" bear.
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!!!!!!!!!!!
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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