A Free Teddy Bear Pattern
The charm of
our free Bear Bag Bears comes from their shifting stuffing. Try
different stuffings for different effects - dried beans,
peas, popcorn, rice, lentils and even barley. We learned at the
Bear Pair from Katherine Hockney that you can heat the Bean Bag
Bears in the microwave and lay them across those aching neck muscles.
Don't leave them in too long or you might have puffed rice or
lentils (a minute on high should do nicely). CLICK
HERE to print up the pattern. If you want to print up
these instructions CLICK
HERE to print them up!.
lOx 16" of velvet or other fabric
2 ounces of lentils or other grains
Eyes: buttons, embroidered eyes
Thread: Embroideiy floss for mouth
To make the Bear:
Trace around pattern adding 1/4" seam allowances. Cut one body back
on fold: cut 2(1 reversed) body fronts and 4 ears.
- Pin the EAR pieces right sides
together and sew around the top. Leave the bottom open. Turn
right side out. Fold a small tuck in the ear front and pin.
- Pin the BODY FRONTS together
and stitch the front seams. If you plan to machine embroider
EYES, do its this point
- Open the front. Pin the EARS
in place on top of the HEAD. Stitch in place.
- Fold a small tuck, as shown
on the pattern, on both sides of the BODY BACK piece at the
top of the LEGS, This forms the bears seat. Pin or baste in
- Pin the BODY BACK and BODY FRONT
together, matching the circle shapes. Stitch around the entire
body, except for a 1 1/2" opening on top of the HEAD for turning
and stuffing. Clip the seam allowances on all inside corners
so the seams will not pull when turned.
- Turn the bear right side out
Open the top of a bag of lentils. Push the opening into the
bear's hole. Carefully pour the bear almost full of lentils.
- To finish, close the hole by
tucking in a small hem and the ladder stitch. Embroider the
nose, eyes and mouth.
Sew Front Seam
Turn and Stuff
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