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Teddy bear sewing pattern and tutorial

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Make a teddy bear or panda doll with this cute and easy PDF bear sewing pattern. Experience sewing cloth dolls or making stuffed bear/animal toys is not necessary. This sewing pattern is for complete beginners. It includes step-by-step photographs, detailed instructions and lots of tips from my years of doll making experience. I will also invite you to join a friendly and supportive Facebook group. Here you can watch video demonstrations, see bears made by other customers and ask questions.

A handmade teddy bear makes a special gift for a birthday or Christmas. It is also a cute nursery decoration for a new baby or it could be made as a memory bear to remember a loved one. 

With this sewing pattern, you can make a bear or panda doll. You can choose to sew or paint the bear’s face using templates for open or closed eyes. Instructions are given for sewing markings on your bear and adding whiskers. It includes clothes for your bear - you can make overalls, a headscarf and a bow, which can be used as a bow tie or placed next to the bear’s ear


Professional pattern and 50 pages of instructions...

  • Full size pattern pieces that have been professionally drafted on a computer and include seam allowances
  • Full-colour, step-by-step photos and detailed instructions
  • A list of tools and materials
  • Help with hand sewing, including how to discreetly secure threads, illustrated instructions for all the stitches used for the face and attaching the arms and ears to the body
  • Templates to accurately draw the bear's face
  • Access to a private, members-only Facebook community where I share more tips and videos. Members can ask questions and share their creations using my patterns

Check out my latest blog post to see some dolls made with my bear sewing pattern and to hear what customers think

Materials and tools

To make this pattern you will need...

• just over a third of a meter or yard of medium-weight 100% cotton, linen or cotton /linen blend fabric for the bear’s body (For the panda variation you will need 251/2” x 31/2” (62 x 21cm) white fabric for the head and body and 37” x 91/2” (94 x 24cm) black fabric for the arms, legs and ears)
• 4” x 2” (10 x 5cm) of 1mm thick 100% wool felt for the panda's eye patches
• A quarter of a meter or yard of light-medium weight cotton or linen fabric for the overalls
• 22” x 4” (56 x 10cm) lightweight cotton or linen fabric for the headscarf
• 7” x 3” (17.8 x 53.3cm) lightweight cotton or linen
• Embroidery thread for the face
• Approximately 6oz (170g) of stuffing, depending on the type you choose
• 4” (10cm) piece of 1/4” (6mm) wide elastic for the overalls
• A piece of 3/8” (10mm) wide ribbon for the bow tie strap measuring 25” (63.5cm) long
• Fabric scissors
• Pinking shears (optional)
• Seam ripper
• Embroidery needle
• Doll needle (optional)
• A long, thin object for stuffing and turning that doesn’t have a sharp end such as a chopstick
• Erasable fabric pen
• White tailor’s chalk pen / pencil (for panda)
• Pins
• Ruler or tape measure
• Paper scissors
• Safety pin
• Iron
• Sewing machine and basic knowledge of how to use it
• If you are painting the doll’s face you will also need a small round paintbrush and fabric paint (or acrylic paint mixed with textile medium) or acrylic paint markers suitable for using on fabric


Without ears approximately 15" (38.1cm)


• Digital PDF file (you will need a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader or Preview for Mac to open the file)

• Written in English

• Measurements are given in inches and centimetres

Pattern difficulty

Beginner friendly - No experience of making dolls is necessary, but you will need to have basic knowledge of how to use a sewing machine and be familiar with hand sewing

Terms of use

• Downloads are non-refundable

• You may sell dolls made from the pattern if you meet the following terms

• Sharing, selling or distributing my pattern and instructions electronically or in printed form is strictly prohibited under copyright law

Customer Reviews

Based on 259 reviews
nelsy morales

Teddy bear sewing pattern and tutorial

Very easy to follow

I got the Fox/wolf pattern as a Christmas gift and I loved it so much that I had to buy more! Instructions are super detailed and easy to follow and the final doll is just a cutie. I will buy more for sure!

Lauren Okuneva
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Sharlene Murazik
Excellent patterns , the instructions for...

Excellent patterns , the instructions for doing the face is the best I have ever purchased .

Diania Bradtke
Great pattern good directions

Great pattern good directions