Sew Your Own Teddy Bears with 15 Free Patterns

Baby holding teddy bear
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Create a unique teddy bear with one of these 19 patterns. Use whatever fabric you like and maybe embroider a heart and let the teddy bear say that it loves whoever you will be giving it to.

To keep these economical, consider outgrown clothing or items from thrift stores as fabric to make teddy bears. You'll be amazed how inexpensive a fake fur coat can be at a thrift store and how much usable fabric it will yield to make a teddy bear. An applique of a special fabric can add the perfect...MORE finishing touch.

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    Teddy bear
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    This adorable teddy bear features movable joints. Sound difficult? Read the step-by-step directions before you start and you can accomplish anything. Before you know it, you'll be mass producing this bear for all kinds of gift-giving needs.

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    HowJoyful Bear: Tutorial and Pattern
    HowJoyful Bear: Tutorial and Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed.About.com

    This free pattern makes a typical teddy bear with a soft and fuzzy feel. The example shown is made with fleece in two different colors so you can see the piecing involved. The author of the pattern does warn that this pattern is not for beginners.

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    1907 Teddy Bear by Viergacht
    !907 Teddy Bear by Viergacht. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This teddy bear is designed from a 1907 sewing pattern. He features long fur to have an authentic 1900s look. This one is well worth creating and is bound to make anyone a wonderful teddy bear.

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    Fremont, The Yankee Doodle Bear designed by Cynthia Allen Farabee
    Fremont, The Yankee Doodle Bear designed by Cynthia Allen Farabee. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com

    This bear can be re-sized up to 16 inches but the really exciting part of this pattern is that it is jointed without buying any specialty hinges. The instructions guide you through using stitching to create a jointed bear.

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    Traditional Teddy Bear
    Traditional Teddy Bear by The Butterfly Balcony. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This teddy bear is bound to make many appearances at holidays, birthdays and baby showers. He's too cute to resist!

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    Simple teddy bear
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    "Bonjour" is an 8 1/2-inch bear that is said to be an excellent teddy for a first-time bear-making project. He certainly will make an adorable and lovable bear!

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    Girl hugging teddy bear
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    This is a SUPER simple teddy bear pattern with much thought to safety issues and small children. It's easy to imagine a small child toting this little bear around for a good long time. The site suggests making these bears for Emergency Medical services that keep the bears on hand to give to small children during a time they need comforting.

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    Baby holding teddy bear
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    This bear is made with two simple pattern pieces and enough detail to be an adorable bear. It's easy to make yet designed for years of love and has child safety in mind.

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    Sebastian teddy bear
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    This is a traditional 9-inch teddy bear with contrasting colored hands and feet and movable joints. The shape of this bear makes him a totally huggable companion for small arms.

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    How to Sew a Flat Teddy
    How to Sew a Flat Teddy. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This free pattern will make a wonderful first teddy bear for any baby. Similar to the idea of tag blankets, tiny hands can easily grip this bear and hold it tight. Using a fuzzy fabric increases the textural feel for a baby.

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    Free Printable Bear
    Free Printable Bear by SkiptoMy Lou.org. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to ABout.com

    Do you have beginner sewers in your home? This is a free pattern that combines computer technology, by printing the teddy bear on fabric and beginning sewing skills by simply following the outline on the fabric to sew up this simple teddy bear.

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    Folk Art Teddy Bears by Crafty Carival
    Folk Art Teddy Bears by Crafty Carival. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com

    This very basic, simple teddy bear is perfect for decorating and for babies or small children. It is simple to sew and has no small parts unless you decide to add them. Embroidery is always safer than buttons for small children.

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    Sew Beary Sweet Bear - Sewing.org
    Sew Beary Sweet Bear - Sewing.org. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    This is an almost traditional teddy bear but this one is totally adorable and is holding a small pumpkin making him a perfect home-decorating teddy bear as well as a lovable bear. The heart footprints are absolutely adorable and make him unique!

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    Summer Travelers - Patchwork Posse
    Summer Travelers - Patchwork Posse. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to ABout.com

    This free pattern is not your typical teddy bear but is simple to sew and the possibilities are endless for a unique and lovable teddy bear-style doll. Wonderful step-by-step instructions are included. Let the young ones who are interested in sewing help decorate this simple doll.

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    Re-Use Denim to Msake Teddy Bears
    Good Home Designs - Denim Teddy Bears. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    These ideas take "memory bears" to a whole new level. Imagine all the jeans and shirts that are outgrown that could be transformed into lovable teddy bears!