It’s not uncommon to give a teddy bear to a child or a loved one, but it is quite rare to give someone a teddy bear that you made yourself. If you’re willing to put your sewing skills to work, you can give this traditional toy a personal touch and offer it affectionately to a special person.
Sew the arm pieces together, leaving a slit for stuffing (usually at the elbows).
Sew the leg pieces together (usually along the bottom).
Stitch the two head profiles together from the nose to the neck.
Sew the wedge shaped piece (this is known as a “gusset”) between the two head pieces – from the nose or forehead to the back of the neck (this depends on the length of the gussett). You will need to line it up at the neck and pin it in place before sewing.
Clip all of the seams.
Turn all of the pieces.
Stuff the head and sew it to the top of the body, around the neck line.
Assemble the bear by attaching the arms to the sides of the body and attaching the legs to the lower sides of the body.
Cut, sew, turn and attach ears (if you want them, as not all bear patterns have them).
Add facial details (like nose and mouth, etc.) with embroidery floss or permanent markers.
Sew on button eyes.
Enjoy your new stuffed animal!
Take good care of your teddy bear, or it may easily fall apart!