With the movie Paddington the Bear coming out it reminded me that I had a pair of lonely bears sitting about the sewing cottage that were ready to go, but were never shared! So, today they are here and are for free. No sense in hiding him from anyone…they need to be made and snuggled!
The original pattern was adjusted just a bit and then made with minky fabric. I used a minky that had a swirl pattern which looks great! You could use furry fleece or flannel or whatever you have on hand.
The arms and legs are sewn into the seams making him pretty kid friendly. You could substitute the button eyes with safety eyes if that is a concern for you.
Materials Needed for the bear:
1/3 yard minky or fake fur for the body, arms, legs
3″ X 3″ brown for the muzzle
2 buttons- eyes
needle and thread
finished size: 17″ tall
Paddington the Bear Instructions:
2) Cut out fabric pieces
3) Arm– Lay right sides together
4) Sew around the arm leaving the top open for turning
5) Turn right sides out and stuff firmly
6) Repeat with the other arm and two legs
7) Repeat with two ears- don’t stuff
8) Pin in place the mouth of the bear and stitch with machine or by hand — you could put a little bit of stuffing in there to give it more of a muzzle look.
9) Pin in place the ears, arms and legs- stay stitch in place. For the legs- I lined up the seams so they are in the front and back. You can choose how to place the legs if you like the pigeon toed or out. The arms are lined up along the side and the ears are pinched in the middle to give them a little bit of cuteness.
10) Lay the body together- right sides facing
11) Sew around the body leaving and opening along the top of the head for turning
12) Snip along curves and turn right sides out
13) Stuff firmly
14) Stitch eyes in place and nose detail
15) Hand stitch the opening closed with a ladder stitch
It’s like he’s waiting for someone to come home and give him some luv’s……
If you are making yourself a fun little set– here is the book collection for Paddington:
Did you have a stuffed bear growing up? What was his name?
Now that he’s all made, there are a few things that Paddington the Bear loves— they would be his hat and his coat.
Paddington Bear Hat Tutorial:
Materials Needed for the hat:
Red fleece 15″ X 15″
1) Cut out the pieces using the template from the pattern
2) Cut a strip of fleece 3″ X 14″ and sew the ends together to make a tube
3) Pin this to the rim of the hat and sew. The stretch in the fleece will help with making these fit
4) Pin the oval to the top of the hat- right sides together and sew
5) Snip threads and turn right sides out
Paddington Bear Coat Tutorial:
Materials Needed for the coat:
Blue fleece- 25″ X 15″
buttons or toggles
1) Cut out pieces using the template
2) Pin the front pieces to the back piece at the shoulders. Sew along the top of the shoulders
3) Open this piece and the arms in place -right sides facing and sew along arm hole. Repeat for other side
4) Fold coat and line up the sleeve and sides. Pin and sew along the sleeve and down the side of the coat. Repeat for other side
5) Hem the whole coat….along the bottom, in the front openings, the neck. I folded the hem once 1/4-1/2″ then sewed.
When you get to the end, fold the fabric and then continue sewing. The hem around the neck might be smaller than 1/2″. Hem the ends of the arms also.
6) Sew the buttons in place. For the loops- cut 2– 3″ pieces of string or rope. Fold in half and stitch down to the front
Suit Paddington up– he’s ready to go!
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