Warren the Charity Bear – a free teddy bear pattern

Warren the Charity Bear - an easy and free pattern designed especially for charitable giving

I designed Warren especially for people who want to make bears for donations. I had a few goals in mind as I worked on his design. . .

  1. He had to be easy to make. Easy enough for kids to make.
  2. He needed to be a good, huggable size.
  3. I wanted him to have mix & match parts – so you could make a hundred of them and never get bored.
  4. He needed to be pretty foolproof – it doesn’t matter if his features are precisely positioned. It’s ok if he’s stuffed a little loose or a little tight. It’s all good. :-)
  5. He needed to work well with easy-to-find polar fleece – but also work well with fancier fabrics like minky and cuddle fleece.

Jo and I tested this pattern a LOT – and then I used the pattern to teach softie-making to a bunch of kids – and then Jo and I made a bunch more. And now he’s ready to share. I can’t wait to see the bears that YOU make with him!

One note – I designed this pattern especially for charitable giving – but of course I’m giving it to you with no strings attached. Make bears for yourself and your kids and grandkids. Use the pattern when you teach. Sell finished bears. The pattern is yours! Make whatever you want with it! If you want to make bears to donate, I suggest the following places. . .

  • homeless shelters
  • battered women’s shelters
  • fire departments
  • police departments
  • children’s hospitals (check first to see if they have special requirements about the materials they’re made with)
  • Please suggest other places in the comments!

Here’s how to make him!

Prepare the Pattern

Download the pattern here. Print it out at 100%. Layer the two pieces together, overlapping so the edges of the pattern and the little hearts line up. Tape the pieces together into one large pattern piece and cut it out. I like to punch holes where the eyes are to make marking their placement easy.

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy WorldCut Out the Body

Lay the pattern on the fabric so the stretch of the fabric goes across the bear’s belly. You want him to stretch wide – not tall. :-)

Cut two body pieces.

Mark the placement of the eyes on the front piece.

Applique Any Parts

Cut any muzzles or belly pieces you want to use out of felt and applique them in place. Just stitch them close to the edge with a basic straight stitch. Nothing fancy. If you have trouble on the tight curves of some of the smaller pieces, watch this video for help.

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy World

There are two different muzzle patterns so you can give your bear a wide muzzle, a tall muzzle or no muzzle. You can see the three nose sizes in these photos too. :-)

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy WorldYou can also give him a belly patch, a heart patch, or no patch.

Embroider the Mouth

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy World

Thread a needle with a full six strands of black embroidery thread and knot the end. You’ll embroider the mouth in three stitches, always coming up at point A and going down at point B. If the A’s on the second and third stitches are above the B, your bear will be smiling. If the A’s are below the B he’ll be frowning. Don’t worry about making the sides exactly even. Crooked smiles are sweet. :-)

Pop in Some Safety Eyes

I carry four sizes of safety eyes and three work well for these bears.

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy WorldThe small ones are 6 mm, the medium are 9 mm, and the large are 12 mm.

There are more eye options too. . .

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy WorldIf you want to use black eyes on black fabric, you might want to back them with a circle of colored felt so you can see them.

Mismatched eyes are always fun.

And even if the eyes don’t go exactly where they’re supposed to, the results are cute. :-)

If you’re making your bears for kids under three, you’ll want to embroider the eyes instead of using safety eyes. Here’s a tutorial showing the stitch I use.

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy WorldSew Up Your Bear

Layer your bear front and bear back pieces right sides together and pin or clip the layers in place.

Sew around the edge using 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a stuffing opening on the side of one leg.

If you’re using a fabric that has no stretch, you’ll need to clip into all the concave curves. Watch this video for the why and how. Polar fleece, minky and cuddle fleece don’t need this step – they have a natural stretch that will allow the curves to turn smoothly without clipping.

Warren the Charity Bear - a free teddy bear pattern from Shiny Happy WorldFinish Your Bear

Turn your bear right side out and stuff it.

Make sure you get some stuffing in his ears and arms before you fill up the big body – once you block access to those bits it’s hard to get back in there. Watch this video for some stuffing tips.

Here’s a review of my favorite stuffing. I like Fairfield Brand Poly-fil Supreme Fiberfill – it really does make a difference.

Sew up the opening. Ladder stitch is totally invisible on fleece – here’s a video showing how to do it.

Done!

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Happy sewing!

Best,
Wendi
That's me!

145 COMMENTS

  1. Lacey SAYS...

    So proud of you for making this available for all who want to make something for charity! You ROCK, Wendi!

  2. Emily SAYS...

    Hi Wendy, would you know of any sellers in the uk that would sel sell safety eyes? :-)

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I don’t know of any myself – but I’d be surprised if there’s not someone selling them there. You may need to try a few searches – if you don’t find them under safety eyes try amigurumi eyes, doll eyes, toy eyes, stuffed animal eyes, black plastic eyes, etc. I think Etsy will let you shop my seller location – so that should help. Good luck!

  3. Cheryl Land SAYS...

    ADORABLE bear!!

  4. Thank you for haring this very cute little bear with us for charity, Thank you too for showing us some delightful options, They look so cute! I will be making plenty of these for the Angels for the Forgotten charity this year.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Please send photos of your bears! I’d love to see them! And if you send a link to that charity I’ll include it in a Show & Tell post.

  5. Hi Wendi – Awesome pattern and you hit it right on the spot!!! I’ve sewn for our children’s hospital here in Spokane WA for 3 years – it’s all I do. This bear is perfect! Nothing to get caught in IV lines, easy to cuddle and hold when afraid, or take with them to treatments. In NICU they will use them to prop up arms, legs, and equipment especially to bring a smile to the parents. Peds ER will use them to calm kids who are scared and if you use felt for eyes the toddlers can chew on them!!!! I will definitely be using this pattern!

    Dona
    http://sewingmilesofsmiles.blogspot.com

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much! :-)

  6. Debbie Donovan SAYS...

    Thank you SO much, I just love these bears … you’re so clever!!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much!

  7. Nan SAYS...

    Thank you, Wendi, for sharing the patterns with us. I am going to make a bunch for charity for sure, especially with easter around the corner. Everyone deserves a spring bear for easter/spring.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Please send photos of the bears you make! I’d love to see them and share them in a Show & Tell post! :-)

  8. Nan SAYS...

    Sorry, Wendi, I have a question regarding sewing with fleece. Since it is a stretchy material, do I neeed special thread or needle for it? I am afraid the thread might pop if I stuff it too hard.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Nope – I just use regular thread. My daughter sometimes stuffs hers REALLY hard and we’ve never had any popped threads. Usually I don’t stuff fleece as hard as I’d stuff a toy made with non-stretchy material. You lose the cuddly squishiness if you stuff too much. I usually shoot for the firmness of a marshmallow. :-)

      I’ve never had trouble with skipped stitches, but different brands of fleece are all a little different. If you ever find the fabric you’re working with is giving you skipped stitches, try switching to a stretch needle (slightly different than a ballpoint needle – also used for stretch fabrics). That should fix the problem – but I just use a universal needle and all-purpose thread.

      I’ve got a video here that has tips and tricks for working with fleece. http://www.shinyhappyworld.com/2012/12/video-tips-and-tricks-for-working-with-fleece.html Have fun!

  9. MarRene Alger Moulton SAYS...

    Thank you for sharing your adorable patterns. I love the bear pattern and will be making some for my charity sewing projects.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I’m so happy to hear that! :-)

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  11. Kris SAYS...

    Hi, So cute!! Could these be made with felt? Looks like a great pattern. I think I could do it :)

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I don’t see why not – though it will lose a bit of cuddliness. A general rule of thumb is that more stretch makes cuddlier softies.

  12. Elaine Judd SAYS...

    I have just started receiving your email updates and looking at your Tutorials and blog. (Came across your videos on You Tube while watching quilting videos.) I love your projects and appreciate that you are giving free patterns and selling patterns with ‘no strings’ … I hope everyone credits you with the patterns for their creations. I am looking forward to making your charity bear! I hope to give some to a local shelter and hospital… But will practice on my grandkids! :-) I love your badges too. Oh, and the kitty quilt! Oh, and … Everything! I think you are a breath of fresh air everytime I see an email or posting. Keep up the good work. Your daughter’s tutorial on You Tube is adorable.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much! Enjoy! :-)

  13. Sheryll SAYS...

    Thank you. I sew tops and receiving blankets for the preemie babies in my local hospital and I have been wanting to send along something for children in the pediatric unit. These should be perfect. My husband likes to stuff and I’ll do the sewing which will save time. Much appreciated!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      My daughter and I also share the making. She loves to stuff – she says it’s like feeding them. :-)

  14. Thank you, not only for the pattern but the idea. My sister has DS and attends Wellspring Community, in Colorado. As a non-profit, for disabled adults, they are always looking for ways to raise funds and engage the participants. I’ll see if we can make this easy for them to make — if not to sell then to donate to hospital.

    Thank you,
    Suzy

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      That’s a great idea! I hope it’s a good project for them! :-)

  15. anonymous SAYS...

    Hey. I LOVE this teddy bear but can’t use a sewing machine and don’t have any of the fabric you used to make this. Can I use any fabric for this and can I sew this by hand? Thanks 😀

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Yup and yup! :-)

    • SueZBear SAYS...

      I was thinking the same thing (sewing by hand). If I choose to try it I will be making them for my granddaughter age 2 1/2 (to try it out). If successful, I will make some to put in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, they go to children in 3rd world countries. http://Www.samaritanspurse.org
      I put a stuffie of some type in EVERY BOX. The ages range from 2-14 of both sexes. I’ve also recently learned of a women’s and children’s shelter, perhaps I can make some for them too.
      I collect teddy bears for myself but I live to give them as well. Thank you.

  16. anonymous SAYS...

    Hi, I love your teddy bears so much! I was wondering what to stuff them with? Will cotton wool do? Thanks :)

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      You can stuff them with anything squishy. I use Fairfield brand Polyfil Supreme Fiberfill and I love it! You can read my review of it here. Some people prefer to stuff with wool or bamboo. On small softies that really only need a tiny bit of stuffing, I often recommend a few cotton balls pulled apart of be more fluffy. It’s all good!

  17. anonymous SAYS...

    Thankyou soo much! I can’t wait to make one!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      You’ll have to share a photo when he’s finished! :-)

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  19. Sandra Phillips SAYS...

    Just about to send fleece jackets to carity but saw your bear and can’t wait to get going should make more for charity this way many thanks Sandra in England

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      You’re welcome! :-)

  20. Sobia SAYS...

    Hi I just love these bears but I’m too scared to start making one! What difficulty would you give it on your 123 Thimble system?

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      He’s super easy! Definitely 1 thimble. :-) Before I released the pattern I made them with a group of kids ages 6 and up and they did a great job with them. Younger kids had a parent’s help, but most of the parents didn’t have a lot of sewing experience either. You can make him!

  21. Sobia SAYS...

    Ok thankyou. Hmm Still a bit scared. I’m only 13 and have only sewn one thing with the machine. But still eager to try 😀

    Thanks again!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Give it a try! The worst thing that could happen is you’ll ruin a very small amount of fabric. :-)

  22. Gail SAYS...

    So cute, easy to sew and change up the faces. I’m making some for a co-worker whose daughter has Aicardi Syndrome. They are raising funds to attend a conference where two doctors who specialize in AS will be speaking. I’m also making a couple to give to another co-worker’s nieces who just lost their mother to cancer. Thank you so much for allowing us to use this pattern – it’s great.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying making them – and for such great and personal causes! :-)

  23. Adore this sweet fellow! Just shared him on my facebook page, he will be perfect for our current charity project at Hopeful Threads! We are having a FLUFF Drive for children in foster care! Thanks for sharing!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      That sounds great! Please share photos after your drive – I’d love to see a big bunch of bears. :-)

  24. Donna SAYS...

    What a wonderful pattern! Been looking for something easy the brownie Girl scout troop could do for their service project and this will be great. We are doing a collection for Foster kids this year.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      I’d love to see photos of the troop with their bears! :-)

  25. Sew Aud SAYS...

    A few of your shiny, happy plushies will soon be on there way Kristy at Hopeful Threads for her Fluff drive. Love that they are quick to make but also easy to personalize. Gave me a chance to practice my embroidery and put a big dent in my scrap pile too. Thanks for sharing your tremendous skills and creativity. Got photos up on my flickr site here https://www.flickr.com/groups/2234816@N23/

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much for sharing! I’m going to do a blog post soon about the Fluff drive – I bet lots of people at Shiny Happy World will want to contribute!

  26. madelineburgoon SAYS...

    Our quilt club will be donating the bears to the EMT’s. Thanks for a great pattern and idea.

    • That’s fabulous! I love knowing where they’re going. :-)

  27. Pat Morton SAYS...

    Thank you so much for this pattern. I have been making quilts for the local police and fire departments, but since they take a long time to make, I am thankful for this easy and quick pattern. Please keep patterns like this coming.

  28. Judy P SAYS...

    Warren is just the cutest little bear! I am making them for children all around me, and I’ve cut out and basted a stack to help support Her House, in Danville, IL which is is still in the beginning stages, but is a place to help young women who want to keep their babies but feel that they don’t know how they could do that without help. I also plan to make some in my school’s colors (I teach) to contribute to our school’s incentive program. I just made a hairy version of Warren out of a furry fleece, and added little paw appliques and used the tall muzzle and safety eyes and nose. I don’t have a public posting page, but I’d be happy to send you a picture if you write to me at my email. Thank you so much for this pattern!

    • I’d love to see photos – especially of the hairy one. :-) Nobody has done that yet! You can email me at blockhead[at]wendigratz[dot]com or you can use the contact form at the top of any page. There’s a place there to add an attachment.

  29. m bender SAYS...

    thank you so much. just what I was looking for to make for cat rescue will make some bears and modify ears to make some cats. so kind of you

  30. Rita SAYS...

    I can’t thank you enough for this darling and easy teddy bear pattern. After I make one for each of my five grandsons, to put back for Christmas…..I would love to make a bunch more and take them down to the fire department my son works at. Thanks again.

  31. Marleen SAYS...

    This evening I made one for our neighbours’ newborn babygirl. She was born today, and that’s how I celebrate: sewing! It looks great, thank you so much for posting this pattern! My 2 year old son was jealous and when I told him I’d make him one next he asked that it’s be a bear with blue stars. His blankie has blue stars, that’s why. Luckily I still have some blue fleece with white stars, I hope he’ll accept that. These cute bears are really addictive to make!

    • She’s so cute with her gingham belly and nose! :-)

  32. Beate Bartlick SAYS...

    Thank you for sharing this pattern. I always look for something simple to make for charity. I will make them for christmas. Can I use kam snaps for eyes? I would think it is save because they dont come undone unless you use tools.

    • I’ve never used kam snaps before, but they sound perfect for eyes. Have fun!

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  34. Hi Wendi, I just wanted to thank you for sharing this brilliant design! My little boy wanted to make a teddy but I am a complete beginner when it comes to using a sewing machine. We were so happy with our little bear I wrote about it on my blog, and advised my readers to visit yours: http://lecoindemel.com/a-sewing-project-for-beginners-making-a-teddy/ Thanks again, I will definitely be using your patterns again! Mel

  35. Judy Scott SAYS...

    I did the same thing with a pattern I found for a rabbit, it came with a hang tag to print and tie around the neck and it said; “Have a blessed Easter time” you gave them out as random acts of kindness, had a pocket on the back to stuff a dollar or so. I will do it with this maybe at Christmas.

  36. Joanne SAYS...

    Just the sweetest! Brightened my morning!! Thank you for the free tutorial.

  37. Julie SAYS...

    I was looking for a quick and easy pattern to make softies for Craft Hope’s most recent campaign (Project 25 for We Are Kenya). I am going to whip up as many as I can before their November 15 deadline. I would encourage everyone to visit their site (www.crafthope.com) — I have submitted projects for many of their campaigns and it does make a difference!

  38. Becky SAYS...

    I can not find the measurements of the bear or how much material is needed. Did I miss it? Please advise?

    Becky

    • The finished bear is about 11 inches tall and you can get 2-3 of them out of 1/2 yard of fleece, depending on how wide it is.

  39. Judy SAYS...

    Thank you for the pattern Wendi. I am making things for Christmas for our local Angel Trees and this is one I will make. I will also make some for the Women’s Shelter. You are so sweet to give this to us.

    • You’re so sweet for making them! Thanks for sharing!

  40. Elena SAYS...

    Thanks for sharing this pattern – it was a pleasure creating this bear and everybody loved it! Please check out my version here – http://www.pinterest.com/pin/487162884666337265/ I don’t have a sewing machine, so everything is hand stitched :)

    • He looks so sweet! I love the buttonhole stitching all around. :-)

  41. Jeanne Dexter SAYS...

    Creek Lands DAR chapter (Broken Arrow, OK) got together today and made 60 “DARling” bears to donate to area first responders to give to children in need. Thank you SO MUCH for posting this pattern for all to use!

    • Wow! I’d love to see that many together! I don’t suppose anyone took a picture?

  42. Jeanne Dexter SAYS...

    Have sent photos your way! We plan on making this an ongoing project, thanx to you!!

  43. Marilyn Williams SAYS...

    Last night I used Warren as a sewing project for my beginning 4H sewists. He was a hit – the kids loved him and several in the group plan to make more as Christmas gifts. Thank you for such an adorable and kid friendly project.

  44. Brandi SAYS...

    Found your pattern a while ago and forgot about it. Came back to it last week and decided to give it a go. I got so far as to print it and haven’t had the fabric I’d like so I decided to incorporate Warren into a quilt. My daughter was happy, so I was too.
    http://www.craftsy.com/project/view/square-bear/239027

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  46. Darcy SAYS...

    Hi,

    I’m making Warrens for my nieces/ nephews. Are they washable in the machine if I use fleece?

    • Yep! Just make sure you use washable stuffing, too. Polyester fiberfill is great.

      • Darcy SAYS...

        I will! Yay! So excited. I’m doing a custom patch (Lego, ruby, princess crown and rubber ducky) for each bear.

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  48. Jackie SAYS...

    Thank you so much for sharing tbis pattern. I will be making some to sell for various charities close to my heart.

  49. sharon SAYS...

    thank you …he is very adorable !

  50. Thank you for this pattern! I’m making stuffed animals to include in our Operation Christmas Child boxes, and I think this is just the thing. I was trying to find a pattern that didn’t have too much in the way of tiny limbs since the OOC toys need to be small enough to fit in shoeboxes with other items. This looks perfect! :)

    • You may need to shrink the pattern down just a bit to make it easily fit in the shoebox, but it should work really well! :-)

      • Shrinking it down to 80% makes a perfect shoebox size! We’ll squish each teddy in a ziploc bag to make him take up as little space as possible, and he’ll fluff back up when he’s opened :)

  51. Margaret SAYS...

    Hats and More for War Torn Syria sends handmade clothing, blankets and toys to Zata’ari Syrian refugee camp. Also Knit A Square.com welcomes toys for South African orphans, and the Uthando Project needs handmade dolls.

  52. Margaret SAYS...

    Thank you for this beautiful bear. There may be some travelling to the Middle East and Africa soon!

  53. josieness SAYS...

    Merci pour ce modèle c’est très généreux de ta part.

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  55. Sharon SAYS...

    These teddie bears are so cute! I’m going to share this with my sewing guild so we can start making them to donate to local kids agencies. Thanks so much!

  56. Hi, Wendy. We are about to launch a teddy bear making project in the slums of North Delhi and would so love to use your patterns. Please let us know if you have more. You are very kind.

  57. Pam SAYS...

    Hello Wendy! Thank you for the free Warren Charity Bear, am planning to make them to raise funds in the UK for Knit-a-Square.com South Africa. Although a regular sewer, have not attempted cuddly toys before, and found your videos clear and concise, especially the ‘stuffing’ and ‘closing up’ videos! All the best, Pam

  58. Marlena Von Hoffer SAYS...

    thank you for sharing this! my mom and i plan to make plush animals to give out to random children around the holidays and this is perfect!

  59. Camp Koala for grieving children, http://www.campkoala.org , thanks you very much for sharing this! We would be thrilled if anyone wants to help us fill our comfort boxes with one for each grieving child!
    Thank you!!

  60. dolly aunty yong SAYS...

    U really motivate me to make the cute teddies which I am making for donation to little sick kids in hospital (Kemaman, Terengganu Malaysia)

  61. Gail SAYS...

    Wendy – I made some of these bears for an Aicardi Syndrome fundraiser. They were a big hit! I’d like to sell additional ones, with proceeds going to a couple of individuals. One is battling breast cancer. The other has some serious medical bills for her dog. Is that OK or do the proceeds need to go to organized, recognized charities? I love Warren and don’t want to do anything that goes against why you developed him in the first place. Thank you.

    • Absolutely. The Warren pattern is available no strings attached. The only thing you’re not allowed to do is repackage the pattern and sell it as your own. :-) In fact – you’re allowed to sell items made with any of my patterns (for charity or as a cottage business) as long as you’re making them yourself.

      • Angie V SAYS...

        Wendi, What generousity! Thanks for sharing and making a pattern that is impacting so many different charities (official or not). :)

  62. Sue A. Sillano SAYS...

    Hi Wendi,

    My sister teachers Kindergarten and needs washable stuffed toys for her classroom children to READ OUT LOUD TO. She says stuffed toys don’t interrupt her out loud readers with kooky remarks! cute!

    I’ll be making a small batch of charity bears for her kids : )

  63. Sandy Matley SAYS...

    Hi Wendy,
    This is a very cute pattern. I make soft animals for children who are entering the Foster Care System. Our church has a program called Fostering Hope. The children who have been taken from thier homes
    are given a box that is made for them. They contain a toy and crayons, writing tablets, and other necessities like a toothbrush.
    The Softy Toys are just the right size for the boxes. The kids appreciate them and feel comforted by receiving these gifts. I’ve mad owls, teddys, and elephants so far. I’m always looking for new patterns or making up my own.
    Thanks for this new pattern. Sandy

    • I’m so glad you’re putting the pattern to such good use! :-)

  64. Hillary Potts SAYS...

    This is adorable! I’m sewing up some g-tube covers for a sweet mom who’s baby just got intubated. I wanted to send something for her big sister as well. This is perfect. Thanks!

  65. Angie V SAYS...

    THANK YOU for this whimsical pattern. My kids want to sew bears to send to refugee children. Out of all the patterns on the Internet, yours is the one that caught their eyes. Thank you for making this bear pattern FREE to us all. They call your charity bear, Love Bear, and we’re organizing to get our entire community involved in making them to send over to our friends in Europe who are directly working with the refugee crisis there too. Best of all, the pattern is simple. I don’t sew, but thanks to your website, I’ve bought a simple machine, followed your videos, and sewn my first “bear” (I made mine smaller thinking it would be easier, but it looked like a piglet! Now I’ll be sticking to your original pattern! LOL). I’ll be sure to post pictures when we have some. THANK YOU!!!!!

  66. Beverley SAYS...

    Thank you for making this available! My daughter’s American Heritage Girls troop is collecting bears to give to hospitals and folks that help children in crisis. Most folks are buying bears, but she wanted to try to make one. We found your pattern and so far she’s made 8 bears! We used all your videos and suggestions. She’s really improved in her machine sewing skills. The Bears were adorable and she’s thrilled to donate them. Thank you for making that happen for her! I couldn’t figure out how to attach a photo, but I have one to send if you’d like to see the bears!

    • I’d love to see a picture! If you use the contact form (there’s a link at the top of every page on the blog) there’s a way to attach a photo. :-)

  67. Jennie wallick SAYS...

    Thank you Wendy, these will be perfect for our towns police and fire dept. Wondering if I could wrap one up with my quilts for the Linus Project?

    • That would be lovely! I know some people have used the pattern as an applique pattern too – and added a bear to the corner of a quilt. Have fun!

  68. Melissa SAYS...

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern! I’m getting my team at work geared up to make a bunch and donate them to the children’s hospital this Christmas!

  69. Melissa SAYS...

    I had a quick question for you, we are making a large quantity of these and I wanted to know if you have basic information on how much fabric/batting it takes to produce one bear. We are trying to calculate how much of everything we’ll need to make about 280 bears.

  70. Anonymous SAYS...

    Thank you so much . I can’t wait to make this cute little guy! You are such an angel for sharing :)

  71. Jessica SAYS...

    This is adorable! My grandmother died recently and I’m going to make these out of her flannel pajamas and give to the grandbabies and great-grandbabies.

    Thank you for sharing!

  72. Petra SAYS...

    It was exactly what I needed to make for my latest grandchild. I had leftover fabric from a brown blanket, it came out adorable. Will make more of those to bring joy to someone. Thanks for the easy pattern, it is really cute.

  73. Vanessa SAYS...

    I just want to thank you for posting this! Not only is your design awesome for this softie, but your explanations and videos are really great! I am a new sewist (seamstress? sewer?), and I had no problems with making this bear. It was so easy, I am making more!

  74. Denise SAYS...

    having a hard time printing the pattern instructions, help please!

    • Can you tell me more about the problem you’re having? It should be a simple matter of clicking to download the pattern, saving it to your computer, and then printing it at 100% (no scaling). If you let me know where things are going wrong/what exactly is happening I should be able to help.

  75. Kim SAYS...

    I love this bear but I have never appliqued anything before. I’m using a fleece material. The edges look a little jagged. Is there a way to make it look cleaner?

    • You have two options. If you’re sewing down the edges with a simple straight stitch, just be extra careful with your cutting to make sure the edges are as smooth as possible. Use a shorter stitch length to smooth out the curves if it’s the stitching that looks a little jagged. If you’re sewing down the edges with a zigzag or satin stitch, just sew very slowly to keep things as smooth as possible.

  76. Thank you for this wonderful quick bear project. May I suggest as another source to give these wonderful bears would be to Autistic children or children with physical, emotional or intellectual difficulties.
    Some of these children may have great difficulties to receive hugs but a bear could provide them a way to reach out their bear by giving it hugs, find comfort and safe.

    Again, thank you for your very creative abilities.