Today we are adding to our collection of felt animals with these mini bear friends! Krista is at it again with her uber adorable illustrations, and these bears are no exception. Below you will find the mini bear template that you can use to customize and embellish in any way that you like. Krista made three variations of the mini bear friends to give examples, but you can create as many friends as you want!
To make this project you will need felt, embroidery floss, and poly-fill. Print the PDF template below to use as a guide for cutting your felt, or use the SVG file if using your Cricut Maker. Each bear uses the same template for the body and head, and then you can create variations from there. Krista made a sweet panda bear with buttons, along with a precious brown bear with a purse and mushroom, and a pretty in pink bear with a cute flower behind her ear! Crafting the mini bear friends means using a combination of sewing and gluing. Both the head and the body are stuffed with poly-fill, and these parts should be sewn shut with a blanket stitch. Be sure to sew the arms and legs into the body while you are stitching it up. While you are sewing the head, you will sew the ears in using the same technique as the arms and legs. The smaller pieces like the eyes, nose, and collars can be attached using hot glue (I definitely would not want to try sewing those pieces on!). Follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below to guide you through the sewing process, or print the extra instructions download with your membership.
If you are interested in making even more mini felt animals, check out our mini felt frog and our adorable kitties. I would love to see your creations, so please share your photos with me if you feel so inclined! Email them in to firstname.lastname@example.org, tag me in your Instagram photos, or use the hashtag #DIYDreamingWithLia. I love sharing some of my favorites on Facebook. Until next time! ~ Lia