Gardening Bear & Bird

Materials

  • Drapery weight floral, 1/3 yd.
  • Denim, 12” square
  • Natural canvas, 12” square
  • Gold felt scrap (beak)
  • Embroidery floss: antique gold; navy
  • Natural color twill tape, 3/8”-wide, 1 yd.
  • Black beads, 5mm (bear), two
  • Black beads, 3mm (bird), two
  • Poly-fil Brand stuffing (Fairfield Processing)

Tools

  • Sewing machine and matching threads
  • Sewing needle
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • Scissors

Directions

Note

  • 1. All seams are 1/4” and are stitched with right sides facing, unless otherwise indicated. Separate floss and use three strands for embroidery.

Bear

  • 1. Print out pattern. Cut fabric pieces as follows: body front and back plus arms and legs from floral; two denim and two floral for ears, foot pads from denim and apron from canvas. Use fabric marker to transfer all details.
  • 2. With right sides facing, pin and stitch body front sections together along center front seam. Trim and clip seam allowance.
  • 3. With right sides facing, pin and stitch one inner ear (denim) to one ear back (floral). Trim and clip seam allowance. Turn right side out. Baste eat to head front as marked. Repeat for remaining ear.
  • 4. Pin body front to body back and stitch side seams from lower edge on one side to lower shoulder opening. Repeat for other side. Stitch from upper shoulder opening, around the head to the opposite shoulder. Trim and clip seam allowance.
  • 5. With right sides facing, pin and stitch two arm sections together, leaving top/shoulder area open. Trim and clip seam allowance. Turn right side out. Stuff lower arm with Poly-fil to a medium firmness. Lay arm flat and stitch across arm to create “elbow” join. Stuff upper arm lightly. Align seams and pleat upper arm to create a 3/4” shoulder. Baste edges closed. Repeat for remaining arm.
  • 6. With right sides facing, pin arm to body at the shoulder opening, matching seams and having thumb point up. Stitch in place. Repeat for remaining arm.
  • 7. Turn body right side out and stuff with Poly-fil to a medium firmness.
  • 8. With right sides facing, pin and stitch two leg sections together, leaving the top and bottom edges open. With right sides facing, pin and stitch a foot pad to the leg, matching toe and heel markings. Trim and clip seam allowance. Turn right side out. Stuff lower leg with Poly-fil to a medium firmness. Lay leg flat, aligning front and back seams, and stitch across leg to create a “knee” joint. Stuff upper leg lightly. Baste top edge closed. Pin and stitch to body front, having toes point to the front. Repeat for remaining leg.
  • 9. Pin and stitch seam at body back closed.
  • 10. Use antique gold embroidery floss and a satin stitch to create the nose. Add the mouth using navy floss and straight stitches.
  • 11. Stitch beads on place for eyes.

Apron

  • 1. Cut twill tape into two sections at 8” for the neck straps and two sections at 10” for the straps/ties at the waist. Pin and baste twill tape in place on right side of apron front.
  • 2. With right sides facing, pin and stitch apron sections together, leaving one side open for turning. Trim and clip seam allowance. Turn right side out. Stitch opening closed.
  • 3. Fold lower edge up along fold line and pin in place to create a pocket.
  • 4. Top stitch along sides and upper edges of apron. Stitch along stitch line marks to create three pockets.
  • 5. Tie straps to bear and trim ends as desired.

Bird

  • 1. Fold beak in half. Pin and baste to right side of one body as marked.
  • 2. With right sides facing, pin and stitch under body to one body as marked. With right sides facing, pin remaining body section in place. Stitch around body, leaving an opening to turn. Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out. Stuff with Poly-fil to a medium firmness. Stitch opening closed.
  • 3. Pin and stitch two wing sections together, leaving an opening for turning. Trim and clip seam. Turn right side out through opening. Pin to body and tack in place as marked. Repeat for remaining wing.
  • 4. Stitch beads in place for eyes.
by Barbara Swanson

Patterns

http://dd4t7shsv7606.cloudfront.net/patterns/1616/0783b267-5f90-4821-8c20-b11826dfce44.pdf



Gardening Bear & Bird
Gardening Bear & Bird