Baby Bears Ensemble


size: varies

Materials

  • Coordinating receiving blankets, four. (Note: Designer used Circo Brown Dot from Target)
  • Rainbow Classic Felt (The Kunin Group): Antique White; White; Black; Baby Pink
  • Poly-fil (Fairfield Processing)
  • Embroidery floss: white; black; cream; pink; brown
  • Pale gold satin ribbon, 3/4”, 2 yds.

Tools

  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Disappearing ink marker
  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Iron and pressing board

Directions

  • Note
  • 1. All seams are 1/4” and are stitched with right sides facing, unless otherwise indicated. Coordinating flannel yardage may be substituted for receiving blankets. Create rounded corners using the hood pattern shape and finish edges with binding, a narrow hem or serged edge.
  • Toy Bear
  • 1. Print out pattern. Cut fabrics as directed on pattern. Use main color for the head, ears, arms, body and legs. Cut chest, paws and ears from contrast fabric. Cut felt for eyes, nose and muzzle. Use fabric marker to transfer all markings.
  • 2. With right sides facing up, center and pin one iris to each eye. Using two strands of black floss, blanket stitch iris in place. With right sides facing up, pin eyes in place on head front. Using two strands of white floss, blanket stitch eye in place. Pin muzzle in place, slightly overlapping lower edges of eyes. Using two strands of cream floss, blanket stitch muzzle in place. Pin nose in place. Using two strands of pink floss, blanket stitch nose in place. Using two strands of brown floss, backstitch along markings for mouth. Using four strands of white floss, stitch a double wrapped French knot in each eye.
  • 3. Stitch ears along curved edge, pairing one main color (ear back) and one contrast color (ear front). Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out. Stuff lightly and baste open edge closed. Pin ears to markings on head front and baste in place.
  • 4. Press under seam allowance along long edges of chest. With right sides facing up, center and pin to body front. Using two strands of brown floss, blanket stitch chest in place.
  • 5. Stitch head front to body front at neckline. Repeat for head and body back.
  • 6. Press under seam allowance along straight edge of each paw. With right sides facing up, pin one paw to an arm (front), aligning cut edges. Using two strands of brown floss, blanket stitch paw in place. Repeat for remaining paw. Stitch arm fronts to arm backs, leaving straight edge open for turning. Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out. Stuff lightly and baste open edge closed. Pin arms to markings on body front and baste in place.
  • 7. Stitch two leg pieces together, leaving top edge open for turning. Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out. Stuff lightly. Align seams and baste open edge closed. Pin legs to markings on body front and stitch in place.
  • 8. Pin body front to body back and stitch around sides and head, leaving lower edge open for turning. Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out. Stuff to a medium firmness. Stitch opening closed.
  • 9. Use approximately 14” of ribbon to tie a bow. Trim ends to desired length. Stitch in place at center front neck.
  • Blanket Bear
  • 1. Print out pattern. Cut fabrics as directed on pattern. Use main color for head and ear backs. Cut ear fronts from contrast fabric. Cut felt for eyes, nose and muzzle. Use fabric marker to transfer all markings.
  • 2. Complete head front in same way as Step 2 for Toy Bear.
  • 3. Create ears in same way as Step 3 for Toy Bear.
  • 4. Stitch head front to head back, leaving neck edge open for turning. Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out. Stuff to a medium firmness. Baste opening closed.
  • 5. Fold a receiving blanket in half on the diagonal and mark the center. Open blanket. Center and pin neck edge of bear to the right side of the blanket along the fold line. Baste in place. With right sides facing, fold the blanket along the diagonal fold line. From the wrong side, stitch a tapered seam through all thicknesses, enclosing the neck edge of the bear.
  • 6. Complete as in Step 9 for the Toy Bear.
  • Hooded Blanket
  • 1. Print out pattern. Cut fabrics as directed on pattern. Use main color for head and ear backs. Cut ear fronts and hood from contrast fabric. Cut felt for eyes, nose and muzzle. Use fabric marker to transfer all markings. Cut and piece approximately 4 yards of 1-1/2”-wide bias strips.
  • 2. Stay stitch around edges of head.
  • 3. Complete head front in same way as Step 2 for Toy Bear.
  • 4. Create ears in same way as Step 3 for Toy Bear.
  • 5. With right sides facing up, center and pin head front to hood. Turn under seam allowance and blind stitch head in place, letting ears remain free to flap.
  • 6. Pin and stitch a length of bias strip to straight edge of hood. Press under 1/4” along remaining edge of bias strip. Press bias toward back side of hood. Stitch in place.
  • 7. With right sides facing up, pin hood to corner of receiving blanket. Baste in place.
  • 8. Pin and stitch one edge of bias strip to blanket edge. Press under 1/4” along remaining edge of bias strip. Press bias toward back side of blanket. Stitch in place.
  • 9. Complete in same way as Step 9 for Toy Bear.
  • Pillow
  • 1. Print out pattern. Cut and complete head in same way as Steps 1-4 for Hooded Blanket.
  • 2. Cut two 8”x12” rectangles from contrast color.
  • 3. With right sides facing up, center and pin head front to one of the rectangles. Turn under seam allowance and blind stitch head in place, letting ears remain free to flap.
  • 4. Pin and stitch rectangles together, leaving an opening for turning. Clip corners and turn right side out. Stuff to desired firmness. Stitch opening closed.
  • 5. Complete in same way as Step 9 for Toy Bear.

by Barbara Swanson

Pattern - Baby Bears Ensemble

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