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    Easy teddy-bear pattern?

    My aunt is amazing, she recently gifted me with a really nice 1899 Singer and I want to make something special for her in return for this special gift.

    My father (her baby brother) passed away several years ago and I've saved a lot of his clothes for a quilt I haven't made yet.

    My aunt collects teddy bears, so my idea for a special gift is I'd like to sew a teddy bear for her, out of some of my father's clothes. I want to make it pretty big, maybe a foot tall from ears to toes. And I want to put a heart on his belly. It doesn't have to have jointed arms or legs.

    I don't normally make stuffed animals...can anybody recommend an EASY teddy bear pattern? I figure I'll do a muslin test run before I try with my Dad's clothes...it'd be terrible if I wasted any of that precious fabric!!

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    Simplicity and Mc CAlls have some easy patterns.
    They are always updateing the numbers of the patterns. Mine is about
    20 yrs old, so that wouldn't help you. take a look thru those pattern books.
    good luck, I make mini's 4" tall
    put off till tomorrow what you can do today, and if you procrastinate long enough, you may never have to do it.

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    Debbie mum has a very cute bear quilt I`ll look up the book
    debbie mumm`s project kids called huggy bears
    maybe there are pictures on the net
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    Last edited by grma33; 03-27-2015 at 12:17 PM.

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    was just at Debbie mumm site free patter called bow tie bears
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    This is a link to Simplicity 5825. It looks like it was developed to make with quilting cotton and it looks pretty easy. All the limbs are sewn on (not jointed). http://www.pagesandprint.com/simplic...uffed-animals/
    I can't tell is you can buy this pattern or not. Have fun making your bear.

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    opps sorry thought you wanted quilt pattern
    need to read better lol
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    I think this one is cute and looks to be simple.

    http://www.sewmamasew.com/march2015/TagalongTeddy2.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishgalfromNJ View Post
    This is a link to Simplicity 5825. It looks like it was developed to make with quilting cotton and it looks pretty easy. All the limbs are sewn on (not jointed). http://www.pagesandprint.com/simplic...uffed-animals/
    I can't tell is you can buy this pattern or not. Have fun making your bear.
    That looks like about what I have in mind. I was hoping someone would be able to recommend one they'd made themselves and could tell me if it's beginner-friendly - I'm really a newbie when it comes to making things from patterns....I don't even use quilt patterns, just my own sketches.

    I tried to make a hat from a purchased pattern not too long ago and it was a resounding failure, LOL. It sort of looks like a hat, if you take your glasses off and squint!

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    Vintage McCall's Pattern #4714 / Bear Family and Clothes
    I have made tons of these - VERY easy. They are washable, too.
    I make the fist one about 40 years ago for my son. He broke out in a rash from the fuzzy stuff on stuffed animals. I didn't want a doll for him so I made a Daddy bear. Then he wanted a Mommy bear. Then a baby bear. He wore them out. He made stories. He hauled them EVERYWHERE. The baby bear fit in DH's back pocket for emergencies.
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    I would check your library there are several books about making stuffed animals or soft sculpture. I have a book about making bears but it is not with me right now or I would give you the title. Carol's zoo patterns had a very easy bear. There are a lot out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    Vintage McCall's Pattern #4714 / Bear Family and Clothes
    I have made tons of these - VERY easy. They are washable, too.
    I make the fist one about 40 years ago for my son. He broke out in a rash from the fuzzy stuff on stuffed animals. I didn't want a doll for him so I made a Daddy bear. Then he wanted a Mommy bear. Then a baby bear. He wore them out. He made stories. He hauled them EVERYWHERE. The baby bear fit in DH's back pocket for emergencies.
    Thanks Miriam! I found a Google image of it, they're cute but that's not quite the type of bear I have in mind - that looks a lot like the type of stuffie I make when I make my own "patterns" (using the term very loosely), and I want something that looks more like the bears she has in her collection. I want a "snouty-face" bear, if that makes sense....?

    I picked up a Simplicity pattern on my way home from work yesterday. I cut the pieces out this morning...it doesn't look too hard. It looks like the same one that IrishgalfromNJ posted - different picture but same bunny, dog, bear set of critters. (It's downstairs and I'm too lazy to go get it to compare the numbers.) I'll make one in muslin and see how I like it, it's face might still be too rounded off for what I want to make. I am getting a feeling that the type of face I want is not found on beginner patterns, but maybe I can cobble something together. And I wish the ears sat in differently too. I might need to give up the "easy pattern" idea if I want to make what I have in my head.

    Store-bought patterns confuse me, for some reason, and I read the entire pattern and I generally think I'm pretty smart so it annoys the crap out of me that I am still lost. I don't speak the language and the way they describe things and the things they leave out don't make sense to me - I get all turned around. Even this simple one has some details that are a little perplexing but I figure they're not critical - or I'll find that out when I make my muslin bear! Oh well, no time like the present to learn something new, right? LOL

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    When making "stuffies", I always shorten the stitch length. It helps when stuffing not to see gaps in the seams.
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    Try finding a vintage pattern. I don't know why but they really did write the instructions better than the new ones. Then do it one step at a time. Don't skip steps. If you get hung up on a step shoot a pic of the instructions and a pic of what is going wrong for you. Maybe we can all help you figure it out.
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    I like Simplicity patterns....

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    www.howjoyful.comm has a nice one haven't made it yet. I just printed out pattern.

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    I have used "CAROLS ZOO" bear- rabbit -dog. by simplicity, I think. 2 pattern pieces. Each is 1/2 of front. 1/2 of back. Cut 2 each & sew center seam, same with the back. Sew front to back together & stuff thru center back. Very easy. I've made them out of fake fur as well as cotton and like a crazy quilt pattern. So fun to make. Good luck.
    Sometimes if you go into the pattern websites, they have " out of print" patterns. They are sold by current prices, how ever.
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    here is one on etsy -a pattern for sale of bears.
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/2200960...-bears-bunnies
    maybe this is one u like.
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    Eleanor Burns' Christmas at Bear Paw Ranch book has a teddy bear pattern in it. I made 4 of them. They were easy to do when following the instructions. Made a really cute teddy. I'm sure you could find a used one on Amazon. Good luck in your search.
    Debbie

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