Free Jointed Teddy Bear Pattern

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Hanna Kampourogianni

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Here you can download a free jointed teddy bear pattern. This pattern is printable and suitable for beginners. Also, I am sharing with you the list of required materials, a short pattern guide, and advice on making a cute teddy bear face.

A jointed teddy bear.
Click for full size. There is a pattern download guide at the end of the article.

The List of Materials

I made this bear from different colored pieces of German viscose Steiff Schulte with a pile length of 6 mm. You can also use fur fabric for miniature teddies or other short pile plush.


1. Different colored pieces of viscose fabrics if you have one 1/16 piece (25×35 cm) of viscose with a fur length of 6 mm.

2. A pair of glass eyes on a metal loop – 6 mm in diameter or a little smaller.

3. Strong threads, the same color as your fabric, and a needle for hand sewing.

4. Scissors.

5. Waxed thread.

6. An awl.

7. Synthetic filler.

8. Metal or glass pellets for the weight.

9. Small piece of cotton fabric for the ears and feet.

10. Oil paints (brown and black colors) and brushes.

11. Pins.

12. Discs 12 mm in diameter – 10 pieces.

13. Washers 12 mm diameter – 10 pieces.

14. T-shaped cotter pins 1,6×20 – 5 pieces.

15. Pliers.

16. Ribbons, lace, and cotton fabric for the outfit.

17. Extras: a small piece of felt for the eyelids, a glue.

Pattern Guide

If you are going to make your first teddy bear I would recommend reading my posts about basic sewing.

Step 1: Pluck a little lint on the nose and the ends of the arms and legs with tweezers if you work with the viscose fabric.

Step 2: Always start sewing by sewing up all the tucks (marked in green).

Step 3: Then sew the two sides of the head (1 + 1 mirror) along the marks from E to F.

Step 4: Sew the central part of the head (wedge) with the sides of the head along the marks from E to G. Leave the opening for eversion unsewn (highlighted with a red dotted line).

Step 5: Sew together the body parts (stomach and back) by marks A to A, B to B, C to C, and D to D. Then sew together the body parts (1+1 mirror). Leave the opening for the eversion unsewn (highlighted with a red dotted line).

Step 6: Sew hands and legs. Sew on the feet.

Step 7: Sew on the ears.

Making Cute Face

If you are a beginner in teddy bear making I would recommend reading step by step tutorial “How To Make A Teddy Bear”. There I have very detailed and helpful information.

Here I am going to tell you about making the face of this bear and the final touches.

So, I skipped the stage of collecting the bear and attaching parts of his body and moved on to creating his muzzle. First of all, insert the eyes.

Free Jointed Teddy Bear Pattern
This teddy bear can stand with some support.

To make them symmetrical concerning the nose, insert one pin where the nose will be, and the second in the middle of the bear’s forehead. Using a compass or ruler, mark the distance to the eyes. Insert 2 more pins in these places.

After inserting the eyes, cut out the felt and glue the lower eyelids and the upper ones. The upper eyelids should overlap the lower ones. It will be anatomically correct.

Next, embroider the nose. It is unnecessary to do this very symmetrically and evenly because the image of our bear is vintage, a little careless, and artificially aged.

Then add some brown shadows around the eyes and nose on the bear’s paws. Put black shadows on them, but in such a way that you get a smooth transition from black to brown (gradient).

Let the bear dry and embroider the claws. Turn on your imagination, imagine the story of your bear, and add details to it. It can be cute patches, buttons, vintage ribbons, pendants, miniature toys, flowers, and more.

Take beautiful photos of your teddy bear.

Please Sew And Enjoy!

Please feel free to sell bears made from this pattern. I will be pleased if you mention my name.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

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How to download a pattern:

  1. From a computer (Windows).
    Click on the photo of the pattern, and select the “Save image as …” option.
  2. From a phone or a tablet (Android). There should be something similar for the iPad.
    Click on the image. Save it by holding your finger on the image and selecting the “Save As” option. Then go to your photo gallery and print it (there is an option).

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