Fabric

Sew Charming Quilted Bear

By  Mary Ayres 

Use your favorite fabrics to create a one-of-a-kind quilted bear you're proud to give as a gift or display in your home.

Materials

  • Cotton pastel print fabrics, 1/8 yd. each of ten different blues, greens, & yellows; coordinating print circle (muzzle), 4-1/2”
  • White lining fabric, 8-1/2”x10-1/2”, two
  • Lightweight quilt batting, 8-1/2”x10-1/2”, two
  • Flat buttons: 9/16”: lt. blue, two; lt. green; lt. yellow; 3/8”: black, two
  • Lt. blue satin ribbon, 5/8”, 1 yd.
  • Yellow silk flower

Tools

  • White sewing thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and pressing board

Pattern - Sew Charming Bear

  • Size
  • 1. Bear is 10" tall.
  • Note
  • 1. Sew all seams with right sides together, using a 1/4" seam allowance, pinning and pressing as needed.
  • Sew Charming Quilted Bear
  • 1. For front of bear's quilted body, cut two 2-1/2" squares from each of the ten different fabrics (20 squares total). Sew squares together in five horizontal rows with four squares in each row. Sew horizontal rows together to make a 8-1/2"x10-1/2" rectangle. Sandwich batting rectangle between lining and pieced rectangle with right sides facing out. Pin rectangles together. To quilt, sew diagonally across assembled rectangle, going in both directions. Quick Tip: Place 1/4"-wide masking tape across corners of squares and sew along edge to create straight lines and prevent fabrics from bunching up while sewing. Print and cut out patterns. Cut bear body from quilted fabric. Repeat for back of bear's quilted body.
  • 2. Sew front and back of bear together, leaving 4" open at bottom for turning. Trim seam at corners. Turn right side out through opening. Stuff body. Hand sew opening closed.
  • 3. From same fabrics for body, cut four ear pieces, four arm pieces and four leg pieces, cutting arms and legs in pairs with right sides of fabrics facing and using different fabrics for each of the pieces). Sew ear, arm, and leg pieces together in pairs, leaving bottom edges of ears open, and straight edges of arms and legs open, Trim seams 1/8" from stitching. Turn ears, arms, and legs right side out and stuff, placing less stuffing at open ends. Turn 1/4" of raw edges to inside. Whip stitch along turned edges. Whip stitch same edges to bear (ears to head, arms to side, and legs to bottom of body).
  • 4. For muzzle, sew large running stitch 1/8" from edge of circle. (Note: Do not clip thread.) Stuff circle. Pull thread ends tightly to gather; knot. Add more stuffing if needed. Sew green button to center of muzzle, and muzzle to head, using running stitch in back so stitches are not visible.
  • 5. Place black buttons on top of blue buttons and sew to bear above muzzle.
  • 6. Tie bow around neck. Sew yellow button to silk flower and bow center.
  • More
  • 1. Create a different quilted bear for each season by changing up the fabrics and trims.
  • 2. Use leftover fabrics from a bed quilt or window hangings for a coordinating bear.