This week we’ll be making this super easy-to-sew bear plushie (in the US, we would say “stuffed animal” or “soft toy” depending on the region you’re from).
This little bear has been made using a cotton fabric quarter with polka dot print, pink and black felt, and a small swatch of fake fur fabric. I think you could easily make the bear out of any cotton or cotton-poly-blend fabric, even with a gingham print, a floral print, or a solid fabric, and it would still look adorable!
I chose pink cotton fabric with polka dots because I made this bear for my two-year-old niece, and little girls tend to love pink with polka dots.
So this week, I’ll share the pattern for the bear, plus a tutorial showing you how to make it. I will also re-visit my whipstitch tutorial and my satin stitch tutorial, both of which are mentioned in this project’s tutorial video.
For those of you anxiously awaiting my bigger doll patterns, be patient. It takes a long time to a.) create the pattern, b.) sew it/test it c.) create a tutorial video, and d.) post the project for others to use. I’m shooting for late spring or early summer to start posting my Wellie Wishers/Hearts4Hearts and AG doll/Madame Alexander doll patterns.
I actually made this little bear, whom I’ve named Angelina, just before Christmas time 2017, so that gives you an idea about how long it can take me to go from the pattern-making drawing board to the blog post stage.
While we look back at projects like my free bear plushie pattern and tutorial, I’m behind the scenes finishing up my Romeo and Juliet video and my Barbie/fashion doll wedding set.
So hang in there! Many more fun crafting and sewing projects are still up my sleeve!
Recently, some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.
First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of Gutenberg Library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.
If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.
My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. You might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!