This is a tutorial to make a teddy bear doll made of felt material. The preparation is similar to my previous handcraft tutorial (moon kitty felt box and rabbit & cat dolls):
felt material, threads, scissors, needle, dakron, ribbon
Optional: black beads, buttons
How to make:
Cut the patterns similar to the picture below. You can use any color combination you like, of course. I use blue because I like that color :p
I usually start with making the limbs first: arms and legs. Fold the arm pattern then sew the border as seen in the picture. Leave some space open so you can flip it inside out. Once it has been flipped and the sewing is hidden inside, fill it with dakron, then sew it close.
Work on the other arm and the two legs using similar technique.
Next, we make the torso, using basically the same technique as well: sew the border leaving some space open, flip it inside out, fill it with dakron, then sew it close.
The head is the trickiest part, but it’s not that difficult. Firstly, put together two similar head pattern and sew the border from the base of the neck to the tip of the nose. Attach/sew the long head pattern precisely in the middle (see the picture below). Now sew the border on the right side (or left side, it doesnt matter) from the tip of the nose to the base of the neck, then sew the border on the other side as well. Flip the head inside out.
Now let’s make the nose using the thread of darker shade of color. Basically you just sew from right to left (or left to right), filling the space where the nose should be (see the picture). After that, add a smile just below the nose. Also add eyes on the right and left sides above the nose. I make a small teddy bear, so I just use thread for the eyes, but if you make a bigger teddy, you may use black beads for the eyes. The head is done, now close the bottom of the head by sewing it loosely.
The next step is adding the ears. Make the ears by using the technique similar to making the limbs and torso: sew the border, flip it inside out, add dakron, sew it close. Attaching the ears to head can be done either by sewing it or gluing it. When making a small teddy bear, I prefer to use glue because it’s simpler.
Time to assemble the parts! I usually begin with attaching the two arms to the torso; you just sew the three parts together. This can be a bit tricky with a bigger teddy, and you may want to use the biggest and longest needle you have. After the arms, attach the legs also. Next, attach the head. Make sure everything is attached and sewn tightly. You may add buttons (in my case I glue small round felt) to the sides of the arms and legs to hide the thread.
More details on assembling the parts:
Last step is tying a ribbon around the teddy bear’s neck. Voila!
If you have any question, feel free to drop it on the comment box below. Good luck!