Size; 26cm nose to tail
Download Polar Bear Printable Instructions (minus photos)
White corduroy/fleece or similar; approx. 50 x 50cm (20 x 20in)
Black corduroy/fleece; small piece approx. 5 x 5cm (2 x 2in)
Embroidery thread in black
2 black buttons (approx. 11mm in diameter)
For the scarf; Long strip of batting (wadding) 5.5cm x 62cm. Assorted scraps of fabric
From the white corduroy;
Cut 1 middle head
Cut 1 top snout
Cut 2 front ear
Cut 2 back ear
Cut 2 side head
Cut 2 side body
Cut 1 stomach
Cut 4 inner leg
Cut 1 tail
From the black corduroy;
Cut 1 nose
Seam allowance: 5mmThis is a small seam allowance but it is necessary when making toys as the added bulk of a larger seam allowance can affect the finished look of the toy. Some sewing machines allow the needle positioning to be altered so that it can move to one side, giving a 5mm spacing from the outside edge of the foot.
Arrows on the pattern pieces indicate pile (nap)/print direction for marking and cutting out.
To make the bear;
1. PREPARE THE EARS Right sides together, place a back ear on top of a front ear piece. Start at one bottom corner and sew around the side of the ear.
Turn it the right way out. Create a fold in the middle of the front ear so that the front and back become the same width.
Baste along the bottom raw edge of the ear so that the fold is held in place. Repeat for the other ear, making the central fold in the front ear in the opposite direction this time.
2. JOIN THE MIDDLE FACE AND SNOUT Right sides together, line up the lower edge of the middle face with the upper edge of the top snout piece and sew together. Then place the upper edge of the nose piece on top of the lower edge of the top snout and sew them together.
4. JOIN THE SIDES AND MIDDLE HEAD TOGETHER Each side head piece now needs to be sewn onto the middle head and snout. Right sides together, line up the bottom point of the nose with the corresponding point on the side face. Begin sewing from here and sew up along the side of the nose, the top snout and then the middle face. Repeat for the other side.
5. BASTE THE EARS IN PLACE Firstly make sure that the correct ear has been selected for the side of the head to which it is being attached. The fold in the centre of the ear should face outwards, away from the middle head. Position the front of the ear against the right side of the fabric on the side head, at the top in between the seam and the marker. Baste it in place and then repeat for the other ear.
7. JOIN THE STOMACH TO THE SIDES OF BODY Right sides together, match up the ‘shoulder’ point on the side body with the ‘neck’ edge outer corner on the stomach. Sew them together around both legs and around the bear's bottom.
Clip the seam allowance at the two right angles on the side body between the front and back legs. Now sew the two side body pieces together at the top by making a small seam of approximately 5cm/2in (A to B). Finger press the seam open.
8. SEW THE FACE TO THE BODY Right sides together, line up the top central dart on the middle head with the short seam (A to B) made in step 9. Begin sewing from this top central point down along the side of the bear’s head joining it to the side body and along the top half of the stomach. Return to the top central point again and repeat for the opposite side.
9. CLOSE THE LOWER HEAD AND STOMACH DART Right sides together, bring the remaining open edges of the side head pieces together and the sides of the stomach dart which follows down from them. Sew this section closed and then turn the bear the right way out.
10. STUFF THE HEAD AND ADD THE FACE Fill the head of the bear only. With black embroidery thread stitch a line down from the bottom of the nose and then outwards on either side to create a smile.
Secure the thread and take the needle back into the head and out again anywhere and then snip off the thread. This leaves a tail of thread within the head helping to prevent the mouth working loose. Stitch the button eyes onto the face at the top of the snout using black thread. When the second eye is sewn in place take the thread back through the head and up through the opposite eye and then back in through the other hole and then back again through the other eye.
Pull on the thread lightly to draw the eyes inwards slightly and give the face a little more shape and character. Secure the thread and cut off.
11. FINISH STUFFING AND CLOSE Fill the rest of the bear’s body with the polyester stuffing and using ladder stitch or similar, hand sew it closed along the back.
12. MAKE AND ADD THE TAIL Using running stitch, sew right around the tail piece 5mm in from the edge.
Pull on the thread so the edges of the tail gather forming a ‘cup’ shape.
Add filling into the centre and pull the thread more folding the raw edges into centre as it draws up. Once the tail is drawn up as tightly as possible, secure the thread before sewing the tail in place on the back of the bear. Stitch all around the tail in a circle so that it’s held firmly in place. Secure the thread and cut off.
To make the scarf;
1. STITCH THE SCRAP PATCHES TO THE BATTING Cut out a long strip of batting (wadding) measuring 5.5cm x 62cm (a paper template may help as the same size piece of backing fabric will also have to be cut out). Beginning at one end lay a scrap of fabric right side up, over the batting so that it overlaps the end and upper and lower sides of the batting. Right sides together, place another scrap on top of the first, lining it up along the one side of the first scrap that doesn't cover over the batting. Sew the two scraps and the batting below together along this edge. Fold the second scrap over so that the right side is visible and it covers over another portion of the batting and place another scrap on top as before and sew the three layers together.
Repeat this process all along the batting until it is entirely covered in a patchwork of fabric scraps.
2. TRIM THE PATCHWORK AND ADD A BACKING FABRIC With the batting facing upwards trim the overlapping patchwork fabric from around all four sides.
Cut a piece of fabric to back the scarf to the same size as the batting, 5.5cm x 62cm. Right sides together, pin the backing fabric to the patchwork top. Sew them together leaving an opening of 12cm in the middle of one of the long sides. Clip away the seam allowance at each of the corners.
3. TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT AND CLOSE Turn the scarf the right way out and close the opening by hand using ladder stitch or similar. All that's left is to tie the scarf around the polar bear's neck.
Not for commercial use. Copyright © Joanna Carter, 2010.