This teddy bear pattern got its name when my son walked into the studio, grabbed the unstuffed bear off my desk, squeezed it tight, and said, “The Love Bear.” He patiently waited until they were finished to pick his favorite to have as his own.
How to Make The Love Bear Using the Free Teddy Bear Pattern
With just two main pieces to assemble, this easy (and free) sewing pattern is a great place to start making plush toys. I’ll walk you through each step from cutting to assembling this teddy bear pattern. In the end, you’ll have a cute little plush bear for yourself or someone else.
Materials and Tools Needed for the Teddy Bear Pattern
- free teddy bear pattern (download above)
- approximately 11″ X 17″ fleece fabric (body)
- 3″ X 3″ fleece, felt, leather, or other fabric (heart)
- fleece, felt, or leather fabric (nose)
- embroidery thread (eyes, mouth)
- coordinating thread
- basic sewing tools and supplies
How to Cut the Teddy Bear Pattern
You can print the teddy bear pattern by hand or use a Cricut Maker machine (or similar).
Cutting by hand:
Print the PDF pattern at 100% and cut out the body, heart, and nose pattern pieces.
You have two options for cutting the fabric pattern pieces by hand. Both methods work great for use with this free teddy bear pattern. You can place (or pin) the paper pattern pieces onto the wrong side of the fabric and trace around the pieces with a fabric marking pen or regular pen. Or pin the paper pattern pieces onto the fabric and cut around the paper.
Cutting on a Cricut Maker:
Upload the teddy bear pattern SVG file into Cricut Design Space and place it onto the canvas. Click the “Make It” button to get it ready for cutting.
Prepare your Cricut FabricGrip Mat with your fabric pieces. For the teddy bear body pieces, you’ll need two pieces of fleece fabric approximately 8.5″ X 11″ for each body piece. Once your mats are prepped, select your materials, load the correct blade, and send it to the Cricut Maker to cut.
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How to Sew a Teddy Bear
We’ll start by adding on the heart and face onto the front body piece.
First, to place the heart centered onto the teddy bear belly, fold the front body piece in half lengthwise with the wrong sides together. Place a few pins along that fold.
Unfold the body piece, and you will have a line of pins down the very center of the body piece. Measure up from the crotch of the bear 2″ and place the bottom of the heart there.
Pin the heart in place. Sew around the perimeter of the heart with a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance and backstitch to secure the threads. **If you’re using leather for the heart, I recommend adding some glue to the back of the heart to temporarily hold while sewing. Do not backstitch. Pull the top threads to the back and knot.
Next, add the nose. I like to add a little glue to the back of the nose piece to help hold in place while sewing. With such a small piece, gluing is a better temporary hold than pins.
Place the nose piece 2 1/8″ down from the top of the head and center horizontally. Sew the nose piece in place. If using a leather nose, pull the top threads to the back and knot. Otherwise, backstitch to secure the threads.
Now we’ll add the eyes and mouth. I’ve included a placement guide on the pattern piece to help with the location of the face elements. Place the paper pattern on top of the front body piece and clip or pin to hold. On the eyes and mouth lines, use a pin to poke several holes along the lines to create a dotted line.
You can then connect those dots to create openings in the paper pattern. Now you can use a fabric marking pen (or standard pen) and trace through the paper slits onto the fabric. Remove the paper pattern and check that you can see the eyes and mouth lines on the fabric.
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Now it’s time to assemble the body. Place the front body and back body pieces with right sides facing. Pin or clip the pieces together to hold. Along the inside edge of one leg, place pins to indicate where to leave an opening for stuffing.
Sew around the perimeter of the bear with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of the opening. This will ensure that the stitches do not come undone when turning the teddy bear right sides out.
Before turning the teddy bear right sides out, carefully clip the seam allowance at the corners, making sure not to cut the stitches. Cutting these corners allows the corners to sit flat after turning. Optionally, you can snip the seam allowance at the curves to ensure the curves sit flat. I do not do this for fleece fabric.
Carefully turn the teddy bear right side out by pulling it through the opening. Use a chopstick or similar to push out the ears, arms, and legs.
Stuff the teddy bear with poly-fil so it’s plush but not overstuffed.
The last step is to close up the hole. Fold the seam allowance inside the bear and pin to hold. Sew the hole closed using a ladder stitch (See How to Ladder Stitch).
You now have a cute little bear made with this easy teddy bear pattern. I hope you learned something new about sewing plush toys and know someone that will enjoy a new cuddly friend.