The Six Weeks of Love for Softies contest over at Sew Mama Sew is in full swing. Take a look at all of the entries that have been submitted so far. The contest is running through April 5 so there’s still time to whip up a softie (or three!) and enter to win.
- This Is My First Stuffed Animal, Soft Toy or Cloth Doll
- I Designed it Myself
- Check Out These Details
- Overall Cute/Scary/Beautiful/Squeezability Factor
The grand prize is a Pfaff 3.0 sewing and embroidery machine. The prizes for each category are a whole package of books, patterns, thread, and fabric. Enter! You’ve got a great chance of winning something awesome.
Today I’ve pulled together some teddy bear patterns for you to sew. All of these are available online as tutorials or PDFs for instant access. The patterns in the first set are free those in the second set are for purchase.
Teddy bears are a classic toy. In fact, the teddy bear was the first commercially available stuffed animal! It doesn’t get more classic than that.
Okay, here we go!
Warren the Charity Bear; How Joyful Bear; Cuddle Buddy Bear; Wool and Liberty Bear; Mr. Ted; and Pete the Bear
Free patterns are terrific, of course, but when you buy a pattern from an independent designer you’re supporting a small business and in exchange you can almost always ask that designer for help as you sew and become part of their community of customers. Those things make sewing even more fun.
Here are some delightful bear patterns for sale by indie designers:
Izzy Insomniac Bear; Felt teddy bear with basket; Baby Bear and Blankie Set; Dolls and Daydreams Bear; Eddie the Bear; and Oh Sew Dollin Bear
For some additional inspiration take a look at my Bears board on Pinterest. It’s full of cute bears. And if you’d like to sew a doll instead of a bear, check out my round-up of free and for purchase doll patterns.
Most of these patterns can be sewn up in an afternoon. Wool, fleece, fur, or even quilting cotton scraps are all perfect for softie making. Give your finished toy to a child in your life, or donate it to the National Foster Parent Association and they will give your softie to a child living in foster care.
Happy sewing and good luck.
I have a free pattern up here: http://viergacht.deviantart.com/art/1907-Teddy-Bear-285299820
It’s based on a classic old fashioned teddy with jointed limbs 🙂
Oh thank you so much! That’s a terrific addition to this round-up.
Glad to share it. I’ve made it a couple of times now and it’s one of my favorite patterns. 🙂
MARYANN FRACK says
I love your animal patterns. I am fundraising for Shriners Hospitals for Children in Portland, Oregon; Sacramento, California; and Spokane, Washington. The theme for Shriners Hospitals for Children is “Love to the Rescue” and I am using that in the fundraising project. I have permission to use their logo and am making chocolate lollipop bears with a heart and a decorative heart to sell to our club members and their friends and family.
I downloaded one of your teddy bear free patterns and interested in finding sewing pattern that could be turned into a bear bank.
That sounds like a great project. I’m sorry, but I don’t have a pattern that can be easily turned into a bear bank.