November is that time of the year here where we huddle up and hibernate at home. So why not craft your own little hibernation buddy? Our felt bear stuffie would make cute decor for a woodland winter mantel — or you can craft it as a handmade toy for kids.
This project falls somewhere between a beginner and intermediate skill level. That being said, it’s one of the easier standing stuffies on our site that does not take long to sew up. Just follow our tutorial below!
To create this classic woodland bear, our designer Krista used two contrasting brown felt colors —one of which is our new heathered light brown color that looks a bit like fur. If you want, you could also all white felt to make a polar bear instead. Or maybe make both versions to use for holiday decorations (along with our felt reindeer!).
After making your felt bear stuffie, share it with us by tagging #MadeWithLia on Instagram. You can also email photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org — or post pictures on our Facebook page for members. For more woodland animal crafts to pair with your felt bear, you can make our felt wolf, hedgehogs, or rabbit.
Crafting Tip: New to crafting felt animal stuffies and want to learn more? Take our mini course, 8 Easy Steps to Create Any Felt Stuffie.
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- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (optional)
- Detail Scissors (optional)
- Craft Scissors
- Embroidery Needle
- Straight Pins
- Stuffing Tool
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt — Oyster, Hazelnut, and Black
- Embroidery Floss — Light Mocha Brown (3782), Light Brown (434), and Black (310)
- Stuffie Puff — Fiber Fill
- Black Safety Eyes — 5mm
- Fabric Pen — Dritz Disappearing Ink
How to Make a Felt Bear Stuffie
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the pattern below.
- Cut out felt according to pattern using scissors or a Cricut Maker/Silhouette Cameo 4.
- Sew the legs to the underside piece using two strands of light brown embroidery floss and a whip stitch, working from what will be the inside of the legs. Match and follow the curve of the leg openings, and ensure that the legs are facing the right way.
- Repeat the step above for all of the legs.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
Love this little felt bear? Browse all of our felt animals for more ideas. And if you’re crafting this for a little one, be sure to check out the rest of our felt and fabric toys.
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I love you bear!! I will definitely make one soon. Do you think it would be possible to use other fabric instead of felt?
The reason we love the felt, is that it does not fray. You can certainly try a fabric and I am sure it will be beautiful!
I love all the Stuffies y’all have created. I would like to incorporate them into a baby mobile. Do you think they will be too big? I don’t see measurements listed unless i have missed it.
Hi Debbie! They will be a bit larger than what you’d normally see on a mobile, but you can always downsize the file to create a smaller version. The body in this bear pattern is just over 6.5″ long X 4.25 high so once complete and stuffed, it’s slightly larger than that.
Hi again, I have made two stuffies now and although I love them both, one issue I have is the stitching pulling away on the underside of the legs where they join the main body when I push the stuffing in. And the legs have a tendency to bend outwards, reducing stability. Could it be the type of stuffing (which I think is the recommended kind) or do you have any tips to help please?
Hi! Sounds like you might be stuffing it too firmly. Krista adds little bits at a time inside of all at once, which helps. And make sure stitches are long enough in the “armpits” where the underside attaches to the sides.
I was wondering if you have any tips for attaching the ears? I’m struggling to hide the ends of the thread, but also make them secure.
Would appreciate any advice! Thanks
Hi! You can knot off the thread at the surface of the felt, and then run the needle and thread into the stuffed and out another side. Snip it close to the surface so that the ends disappear into the stuffed animal. The knot will probably disappear into the felt a bit, too. Also, to start you can knot your thread and pass it between the seams with the needle (probably somewhere around the head) so that the knot is inside.
Just want to say how much I love these woodland, less busy, but more realistic and subtle felt animals. Well done Krista!
Thank you Diana, I’ll share this with Krista! She really is the Felt Queen.