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Teddy Bear Sewing Patterns

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Teddy Bear Sewing for Fun and Profit

 

At the top of this post you will find some great resources for free Teddy Bear sewing patterns, then we discuss options for turning your hobby into a serious work from home business. Enjoy….

 

My Favorite Free Teddy Bear Sewing Patterns

 

  • Sew Bear-y Sweet Pumpkin Teddy

    A pattern to make a Teddy Bear and his pumpkin
    www.sewing.org

  • Goldie – A 13 1/2″ Teddy Bear

    A Teddy Bear sewing pattern for a cuddly, huggable teddy made from mohair
    www.teddy-talk.com

  • How to Make a Panda Teddy Bear Sewing Pattern

    A pattern for a panda-ish Teddy Bear
    www.allfreecrafts.com

  • 5 inch Cuddly Panda Teddy Bear

    Instructions to make the Cuddly Panda Bear
    www.teddybearandfriends.com
    And here is the link to the pattern (opens as a PDF)
    Pattern PDF

  • Howjoyful Teddy Bear

    A tutorial and pattern to make an adorable Teddy Bear
    www.howjoyful.com

 

And here is a pretty nice video with sewing tips to help when making your own Teddy Bears

 

 

Ever Thought of Starting Your Own Teddy Bear Sewing Business?

 

No other home-based business offers the opportunity to enjoy your work while making a profit more than teddy bear sewing. It is very unlikely that anyone dislikes teddy bears. In fact, sales of all stuffed animals including teddy bears reached $1.3 billion in 2006 and continues to grow. You may not have aspirations of building a large corporation selling manufactured teddy bears, but you can easily build a part-time business with teddy bear sewing and selling them at local flea markets and craft shows.

 

Large Teddy Bear Sewing Companies that Grew into Major Corporations

 

Two multi-million dollar companies in the United States that manufacture teddy bears began with one person starting a teddy bear sewing business. Barbara Isenberg wanted a special teddy bear for her little son and made one for him when she couldn’t find what she wanted. That was the start of the North American Bear Company.

 

John Sortino was frustrated by all the foreign-made teddy bears his little son owned and set out to bring The Teddy Bear back to its origins, the US. John and his wife started a teddy bear sewing business that turned into the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, one of the largest teddy bear manufacturers in the country. You can start a profitable teddy bear sewing business on a smaller scale to make the money you need for extras or to help support the family.

 

What You Need to Get Started

 

First of all, you need a love for sewing and have at least intermediate sewing skills. The business of teddy bear sewing will require love for sewing in order for you to sit and sew for several hours per day. At least intermediate sewing skills are needed to make teddy bears that others will want to buy.

 

Basic supplies needed:

 

  • Heavy-duty sewing machine that will easily sew fur and other heavy materials
  • Sharp scissors in various sizes
  • Various thread colors to match fabrics
  • Several patterns of bears
  • Bear joints for movable arms and legs

 

Marketing plan

 

You will also need a marketing plan to let others know about your unique craft business. You may want to use business cards and brochures to sell your teddy bears to customers one-on-one. Some crafters throw home parties to introduce their crafts to potential customers who have been invited to the homes of friends and families.

 

Others sell their bears at craft shows and flea markets. Since teddy bears are very easily shipped to other parts of the country or all over the world, many sell them on Ebay or other auction sites and on their own websites.

 

Another fund-raising idea is to donate one of your teddy bears to be auctioned off in charity auctions or as a prize in contests. These two methods gets your name out there as a artisan with a teddy bear sewing business.

 

Become a member of several craft business forums online and place your teddy bear sewing business in your signature as you contribute good advice and support to the forum. You can also be a regular on craft blogs that allow you to comment and place your website URL in the comments section.

 

The idea of a home-based craft business has been presented in this article. Two great teddy bear manufacturers began as home-based businesses and have grown into multi-million dollar corporations. You have been informed of the basic supplies needed to get your craft business off the ground and several ideas for marketing your business. There is other small business information you need to know to start a teddy bear sewing business that can be found very easily on the Internet.

 

Free Teddy Bear Patterns

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Free Teddy Bear Patterns to Sew, Knit or Crochet

 

Teddy bears are the darlings of children and adults everywhere and that’s why free teddy bear patterns are plentiful on the Internet. Surfers entered the search for free teddy bear patterns 6,600 times in Google last month, so there is a healthy market for those who wish to make their own teddy bears. Whether you know how to sew, knit or crochet, you can find free teddy bear patterns within your skill set.

 

We have chosen some websites that offer free teddy bear patterns just to get a look at what types of teddy bears a crafter can make for themselves, their children, or other friends and relatives.

 

teddy bear patterns

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Free Teddy Bear Patterns Recommendation #1 – Candy Corn Bear

www.teddiesbylauralynn.com (opens in a new tab/window).

Lauralynn offers the 6-inch Candy Corn Bear that has the colors of the very popular candy corn. Candy Corn Bear is sewn together by hand or on a sewing machine. Lauralynn thought of everything to make constructing Candy Corn Bear as easy as possible. She includes a materials supply list (she sells materials for teddy bears on this site), The Teddy Bear pattern and step-by-step directions. Teddies by Lauralynn offers a Teddy Bear Bookstore with instruction books to make other teddy bears. Candy Corn Bear is perfect to include in any Fall gift basket. He is not recommended for small children.

 

Free Teddy Bear Patterns Recommendation #2 – Sebastian

www.teddiesbylauralynn.com (opens in a new tab/window).

Another free teddy bear pattern by Lauralynn is Sebastian, a 9-inch tan bear also sewn by hand or machine with mohair/fur fabric. Again, she includes a 2-page pattern, a materials list (she offers bear-making supplies on her website) and complete, step-by-step instructions. Sebastian is a wonderful beginner’s bear pattern suitable as a gift to yourself or to make to give to others. Sebastian is not recommended for small children.

 

Free Teddy Bear Patterns Recommendation #3 – Mr. Bean Style Teddy Bear

www.knitting-and.com (opens in a new tab/window).

Mr. Bean Teddy Bear is a popular teddy bear character with his own TV series and movie in England and Australia. He is a knitted teddy bear for those who love to knit with a tightly-knitted circular pattern. Mr Bean is knitted in dark brown yarn for the body and his hands are knitted in pale beige. The nose and mouth are embroidered in black thread while his eyes are two large blue buttons that are sewn on in an “X” pattern. If you want to make Mr. Bean for a small child, substitute the button eyes for felt and sew an “X” in the middle.

 

Free Teddy Bear Patterns Recommendation #4 – Crochet Teddy Bear

www.freecraftunlimited.com (opens in a new tab/window).

We found this adorable free teddy bear pattern for crochet lovers. Crochet is an old needle craft that has enjoyed a resurgence of interest in the past few years. This pattern is simple enough for the beginner, but interesting for the more seasoned crochet expert. The simplicity of the pattern also gives the more advanced crocheter the opportunity to make several of these Cute Teddy Bears for family and friends.

 

This free teddy bear pattern includes a list of materials and tools needed to complete this fun bear. The snout is worked into the pattern, the mouth is crocheted separately and sewn onto the snout, and the eyes and mouth are made of felt and sewn onto the face. Since little fingers may be able to pry off the eyes and mouth, this bear is not recommended for small children.

 

There are hundreds of other free teddy bear patterns on the Internet that are sewn, knitted and crocheted. A search placed in Google for “free teddy bear patterns” will yield all the patterns you could ever want to enjoy making.

 

And here is the first in a video series from Expert Village on how to make your own free teddy bear patterns.