This home school co-op session we are making teddy bears. We will be using this vintage pattern. Vintage bears are a little easier to make because the face uses less pieces than most modern bears.
After cutting out the pattern pieces, fold the fabric you are using and lay out the pieces. You fold the fabric so it’s 2 layers because you need 2 of each pattern piece. Make sure the arrows run up and down.
Repeat for the arm, leg and ear pieces.
Mark the triangles on wrong side of the fabric.
Now on to sewing!
Take the 2 face pieces and but them together with right sides of the fabric facing together. Sew along the chin. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam.
Unfold and place it right side up.
Place the nose piece face down. Pin it in place.
Pin along one side.
And then the other side.
Here’s what it looks like flipped over. Start sewing where I’m pointing. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seam!
Cut notches out of the end of the nose piece. Be careful not to cut into the stitching.
Flip it right side out and sew 2 buttons on for eyes.
Next, sew the ears and the 2 pieces for the back of the head.
Cut notches in the ear pieces. Be careful not to cut into the stitching.
Turn the ears right side out and pin them on the face. The edge of the ears should be right on the seam of the nose piece.
Sew the ears on. Lay the face right side up.
Place the back of the head on the face and pin around the edge. You don’t need to pin the neck opening.
This is what it looks like flipped over.
Sew around the head. Do not sew the neck hole!
Flip it right side out.
Next sew the arms. Do not sew between the two triangle marks.
Cut notches on the curve of the arms.
Flip right side out.
Place the leg pieces right sides together and sew down the front. Sew the back of the leg on both sides of the triangles. Don’t sew the bottom!
Pin the bottom of the foot to the leg.
Sew around the foot. Be careful to move the leg out of the way as you sew around.
Cut notches around the foot.
Turn right side out and repeat with the other leg.
Fold the back pieces at the notch, pin and sew as shown.
Here’s what it looks like before and after.
Sew these 2 pieces together along the back seam on both sides of the triangles.
Sew the 2 front pieces together.
Unfold and mark the cirles on the right side of the fabric. Check the pattern piece to see where the marks go.
Pin the legs between the dots.
Make sure they are pinned so that when you straighten the legs the toe is pointing forward.
Sew the legs in place.
Pin the back of the bear onto the front piece with legs and sew all around except by the neck hole.
Turn right side out and pin the arms to the side seam at the neck hole. Make sure the paws are pointing forward and sew in place. This might be a little difficult because the neckhole is so small. Just go slowly and carefully.
Turn inside out and place so the back is facing up. The back had the notches sewn by the bears bum. Place the head face down by the neckhole.
Stick the head inside the body.
Match up the seams, pin and sew.
Turn right side out.
Flip over and stuff all the openings.
Stuff it nice and full. If you poke the nose or toes of the bear and it doesn’t bounce back, then you need more stuffing. It should be full enough that the stuffing wants to pop out.
With a needle and thread, ladder stitch the openings. There are detailed videos on YouTube that show how to ladder stitch. If it seems too difficult, just do a whip stitch.
With a needle and thread, sew the nose.
Add a ribbon and you’re done!