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Free Teddy Bear Sewing Patterns

Updated on August 5, 2014
1954 German Teddy Bear
1954 German Teddy Bear | Source

History of Teddy Bears

Teddy bears have been favorites with children for years. Here you'll find a listing of free sewing patterns for these lovable toys. If you have beginning sewing skills, they should be easy to make.

Stuffed bears have been used as toys for entertainment for years in many countries. The name Teddy Bear came from Theodore Roosevelt who was nicknamed Teddy. The story started with a bear hunting expedition that Roosevelt went on with friends. The friends caught the bear and tied him to a tree and then suggested that Roosevelt should shoot it. He wouldn't do it, because he felt it was unsportsmanlike. I agree with him.

Later a newspaper ran a cartoon and a shop owner created a bear that looked like the one in the cartoon and called it a Teddy's bear. He gained permission from Roosevelt to name the bear that and later formed the Ideal Toy Company.

Most of us are familiar with the Ideal Toy Company. Many popular dolls and toys were manufactured by them. The rest is history.

My first teddy bear was yellow and white. My Dad stopped at a gas station on the way home from work and saw them at a cheap price. He bought each of us kids one and we were thrilled. Back then we only got toys at Christmas, because we were a large family. I still remember that bear, because it was so special.

Free Teddy Bear Sewing Patterns

These patterns are great for both the collector or for sewing for your favorite child. Just click on the blue titles to go to the patterns.

This cute teddy is holding a pumpkin. The bear's finished size isn't stated You'll have to download the pattern pieces for this project.

This is a one piece bear meant to be sewed quickly and easily, so you can sew lots of them for charity. Because it is so simple, instructions aren't included.

This page will show you the photo of Bonjour Bear. You'll then have to click on the link to go to the pattern. The bear is 8" tall and was not created for children, but for the collector.

Full sized pattern pieces for a small bear are on the page, but it is designed in such a way that you can enlarge them to sew a 16" bear. This cute bear has a big patriotic bow.

This is a cute 13 1/2" bear. You'll need to download the pattern pieces in PDF format. If you look at the bottom of the page, she shows photos of the bear pattern using different fabrics. It is a good guide to let you know just what you'd like to use. Included on this site are lots of other stuffed animal patterns, especially lots of teddy bears.

This tiny teddy really is miniature. The bear when is finished is only 2 3/4" tall. She is named Celestina bear. Full-sized pieces are featured on the page. She has wings and halo and is a cute bear. This would make a nice Christmas tree ornament or work great with a miniature collection. Enlarge the pieces if you'd like a bigger bear.

The bear would be perfect for a beginner sewer, because there is just one pattern piece. The face is embroidered, so it would make a nice bear for a younger child or baby. The full-sized pattern piece is included on the page.

This is another tiny bear that was sewed with mohair fabric. The finished bear is 5 1/2" tall. You'll need to print 3 pages for the instructions and the full-sized pattern.

How to Make a Teddy Bear


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    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      6 years ago from USA

      Better Living, Thanks for viewing the patterns.

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      Better Living 

      6 years ago

      Sew sweet! ;) Thank you!

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Pannonica, I hope you do find the time to sew one of these. Thanks for commenting on the hub.

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      7 years ago

      Lovely hub, I couldn't tell you how many bears there are in our house (a lot!!) so I really appreciated reading this. I definitely want to make one of the patterns, just haven't decided which one. Thank you for making these available.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      Enlydia, Thanks for reading the hub and commenting.

    • Enlydia Listener profile image

      Enlydia Listener 

      7 years ago from trailer in the country

      Nice and love the picture of the bear. I have lots of bears up in my spare bedroom...all of them are cute. But it is always nice to see another one.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      starstream, Thanks for reading the hub and I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it. Thanks for the comments.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      teaches12345, I thought the story about Teddy Roosevelt showed he was a kind man too. Some would have shot the bear and then bragged about it. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      I smiled at the Teddy Roosevelt story. What a great man! My husband made a teddy bear for our son when he was three (our child not my husband!). I have a collection of them and enjoy each and every one. Thanks for posting the sites for reference.

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      Dreamer at heart 

      7 years ago from Northern California

      Fun project! Thanks for the teddy bear history too! Enjoy your arts and crafts.. They make perfect gifts too.

    • Barbara Kay profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbara Badder 

      7 years ago from USA

      lucybelle21, Thanks for visiting the page.

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      Bonny OBrien 

      7 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      I love the miniature angle bear. I will tell my friend about these sites. She loves to sew.


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