The first step in sewing your stuffed bear doll is the ears. Pin 2 ear pieces together with the right sides of the fabric facing each other and stitch around the curved edge, leaving the straight edge open. Clip the curves and turn the ears right side out. Fold each side in toward the front, 1/4 inch and tack in place. This will keep the ears standing up. See the finished bear here.
To sew the arms and legs fold each piece on the dotted line shown on the pattern pieces, with the right side of the fabric folded to the inside, and pin. Starting at the folded edge, stitch 1/4 inch in from cut edge; from the heel or the back of the hand, around feet and hands. Continue to stitch to the tops of the arms and legs. Clip the curves and turn right side out. Stuff the arms and legs, softly.
Pin and baste the ears to the body with the fronts of the ears facing the front of the body and tops of the ears pointing down. Crease the arms and legs at the top so that the seam is in the center front of each arm and leg. Pin the arms and legs to the body front as they are in the photograph. Baste all in place.
Keep the ears, arms and legs in the same position while pinning the body back to the body front, with right sides together. Stitch around sides and head, leaving the straight, bottom edge of the body open for turning and stuffing. Clip the curves, turn right side out and stuff the body softly. Stitch the bottom closed using ladder stitch.
1. Bear Doll Home Page
2. Bear Doll Pattern
3. Bear Doll Sewing Instructions
4. Make a Skirt for Your Bear Doll
Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls
Ebook with patterns and instructions to make 5 cloth dolls as well as chapters on general doll making techniques.The book includes 21 inch Lalena Doll, 21 inch David Doll, Bear Dolls, 9 inch Destiny Doll and 15 inch Annie Doll, all together in one handy book. 53 pages.Making and Dressing Cloth Dolls.