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By on October 12, 2015

DIY teddy bear free pattern and tutorial

A small soft teddy bear is just a perfect gift for a baby. Having this in mind, I have prepared this free teddy bear pattern, that is super easy and fast to sew, just perfect for the little baby’s hands to hold and hug.

I love teddy bears since forever. I got my first one, my Bruno, when I was just a small baby. Teddy bear Bruno sticks with me for better and for worse for nearly 40 years now. Today, Bruno plays with my two sons who know, just how very precious he is to me and thus handle him with special care.

Apparently I am not the only teddy bear fan since teddy bears are among the most popular gifts not just for children but are often given to adults as well to signify love, congratulations, or sympathy. A handmade soft little teddy bear is just a perfect gift for a baby shower gift, and this one can be done really fast. So, let us make one.

How to sew this simple super soft teddy bear

Material you will need for the baby teddy bear

  • prewashed soft anti-pill fleece in a light color
  • felt in light and dark pink color
  • black, light and dark pink embroidery thread
  • filling

How to steps for sewing baby teddy bear

Step 1

Print your free pattern, but don’t cut the pieces out just yet. Since sewing fleece may be challenging, I have used a small trick.  Cut two squares from the fleece, just a bit bigger than the teddy bear and position them right sides together.  Put the paper with printed pattern on the top and pin everything together, like on the picture.

Baby Teddy bear free pattern for easy sewing - step 1

Step 2

Sew the teddy bear together following the pattern line on the paper. Leave an opening as marked on the pattern.

Baby Teddy bear free pattern for easy sewing - step 2

Step 3

Carefully remove the paper with the pattern. If you are precise enough, you will end up with a cut-out pattern, you can use for some another project.

Baby Teddy bear free pattern for easy sewing - step 3

Step 4

Cut out the teddy bear from the fleece so that you cut approximately 0,5 cm away from the sewing line, living extra 0,5 cm around the opening, which will make closing the opening much easier later. Make small cuts where marked on the picture below all the way to the seam, just be careful not to cut through it.

Baby Teddy bear free pattern for easy sewing - step 4

Step 5

Turn the bear around through the opening, and fill it with a filling. Close the opening using the ladder stitch.

Baby Teddy bear free pattern for easy sewing - step 5

Step 6

Use a trick pen to draw the position of eyes, nose and mouth. Topstitch them. Always start by stabbing the needle from the other side of the head to the front side, so that the end of the thread will be hidden inside the head. Then make three small stitches on the same spot to fix the thread and then stitch the eye or nose over this three stitches so that they will not be visible at the end. When you are finished with embroidery, hide the ending under the embroidery and back through the head. The same goes with the heart and cheeks. 

Baby Teddy bear free pattern for easy sewing - step 6

Step 7

If you’ll use this free pattern to sew your own teddy bear I would really, really love if you could share a picture of your little masterpiece. 

DIY Teddy bear baby toy

Do you know of any additional tips how to make this tutorial even more helpful? Feel free to use the comments section below to share your thoughts and ideas.

If you like this free teddy bear tutorial, please share it with your friends on Facebook, Pinterest, Google Plus, Twitter or Instagram.

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  1. Michelle
    October 14, 2015

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    How adorable! Love this idea and it turned out so cute! I have subscribed to see more cuteness!

  2. Maya
    October 26, 2015

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    Thank you so much, Michelle! New patterns are on the way. Hope you will enjoy them as well. 🙂

  3. Timi
    November 11, 2015

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    Thank you for the tutorial and the great tip to leave extra 0,5 cm around the opening! :o)

    • Maya
      November 11, 2015

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      You are very welcomed. I’m so glad you found it useful. 🙂

  4. Rosie
    November 13, 2015

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    Aww how cute! Have just subscribed. Always wanted to learn how to ‘sew’ and this will be a good start for me once I find the time ?
    Thank you

  5. Dawn
    July 30, 2016

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    Thank you for the pattern and tutorial! I will be using this with some kids and i think it will be perfect!

    • Maya
      September 17, 2016

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      Thank you Dawn. So glad you will try out the pattern with kids. I would love to see how it turns out.

  6. Fanisia Cloud
    February 3, 2017

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    Thank you for this inspiration! I am making about 24 small ones for a valentines day party. We will fill them with love and dress them with care. My prayer is that this activity will bring people together and couples closer together.

    • Maya
      February 4, 2017

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      That is soo cute! Thank you for sharing! Good luck with the party. <3

  7. tina amos
    February 12, 2017

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    Im thinking of using this pattern to make memory bears out of my son Justin’s shirts who passed away ..for my grandsons..his nephews..I hope it works out! Thank you

  8. Louise
    February 27, 2017

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    Thank you for this lovely tutorial. I lost my little angel ten days ago. She was born to soon at 5 1/2 months. I wanted to get her a little teddy bear and one that I could keep and wasn’t able to find anything small enough, but also cuddly. I’m making one for her and one for me from the same cloth. This is a comfort to me and something I wouldn’t have managed to do at this time without such a helpful tutorial. The teddies will be about 6cm each.

  9. [email protected]
    May 4, 2017

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    Thank you for free patterns. Tutorials. They are great for people like me to have some fun with. Thanks again

  10. Amy
    May 14, 2017

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    Thank you so much for this easy and affordable (ie free) tutorial! I have to come up with some easy craft ideas for our church’s vacation bible school. I don’t know how I ended up in charge of crafts but this has given me some inspiration for some of the older campers! Thank you SO much!

  11. theunsocialbutterfly
    May 18, 2017

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    Very Simple! Very Sweet! Thankyou xo

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    September 23, 2017

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    September 27, 2017

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  14. Betsy
    April 10, 2018

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    This is so cute! Going to make a bunch for Children’s Hospital. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  15. Trina is Artsy
    May 26, 2018

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    Thank you for this pattern and tutorial. Works perfectly!

  16. Judy
    August 10, 2018

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    Thank you for this Teddy pattern. I was looking for a little stuffie that would be good for boys AND girls (not a doll), for charity and personal gifts (there are more boy babies than girls in my life these days), and this is perfect.

  17. Lola
    November 6, 2018

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    Hi! I’m going to be sewing this bear (my first time trying this) for my SO by hand, and I was wondering why the cuts are made at those markings. Do they stop the bear from stiffening?

  18. Vanessa
    January 1, 2019

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    Hello Maya, I was wondering if this bear can be hand sewn? I’m completely new at this and trying to make one for my son as part of a special school project. I appreciate any advice and assistance. The pattern is cute and I’m so thankful for your posting of the free pattern.

  19. Amy Lang
    January 13, 2019

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    I made this little bear with my 5 year old daughter, she had so much fun and was so proud of herself. It took us about an hour, great project for a rainy day! I can’t figure out how to attach a picture but if you’d like one just email me and I’ll send!

  20. Mary
    January 22, 2019

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    Thank very much
    I love the bear

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