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How to sew a memory toy keepsake teddy bear

Posted under NEW Softie PatternsToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2016-01-24 02:52:32

Memories are made of this!!!

My NEW Melody Memory Bear Keepsake Sewing Pattern is ready to go! πŸ™‚
Now you can use this pattern to transform your child’s clothes into an everlasting memory keepsake –

how cool is that?

Memory toy-keepsake teddy bear

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I have taken step-by-step photos to create a photo tutorial to show you just how much fun it is to sew your own Keepsake Teddy!

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*** PLEASE NOTE – this in ONLY a PHOTO TUTORIAL ***
The FULL PATTERN IS NOT included here.

It is NOT A FREE PATTERN!

I have made this photo tutorial so people who have purchased my Melody Memory Bear Keepsake Sewing Pattern can SEE how to sew my keepsake teddy bear! (I wanted to explain this so you are not disappointed if you have found this page via a search engine and not from the link in my keepsake toy sewing pattern)

 

First choose some fabrics:

STEP 1

You can use one main fabric from a single item of clothing for most of the pieces and use another contrast fabric for the EAR and FOOT PAD PIECES… but I prefer to create a ‘patchwork’ effect by using…

lots of different items of

pre-loved baby clothes!

baby clothes bear

Prepare the Pattern Pieces:

STEP 2a

To line the pieces, trace all the pieces including all the β€˜reversed pieces’) onto the smooth (NON-STICKY) side of the iron-on interfacing.
Roughly cut out the pieces adding about 3mm (1/8 inch) around them. Iron the interfacing pieces onto the fabric of the clothing items, with the STICKY (GLUE) side facing the BACK of the fabric.

iron on interfacing

 

STEP 2b

Cut the pieces out accurately on the traced lines.

keepsake from baby clothes

SEWING THE HEAD:

STEP 3

Sew the FACE PIECES together from A – B.

* I have used a dark pink thread in my photo tutorial so you can see my stitching but I recommend using a matching thread or plain white if you have lots of different fabrics.

face

TIP: Clip all the seams very well if you use interfacing because it creates a lot of extra bulk in the seams.

1.face-TIP2

 

STEP 4

Pin the FOREHEAD PIECE to the FACE PIECES, matching point A.

pin forehead

TIP: Use lots of pins so the pieces won’t slip as you sew this seam.

STEP 5

Sew the FOREHEAD PIECE to the FACE PIECES with the FOREHEAD PIECE facing down so you can smooth out any β€˜wrinkles’ in the FACE PIECES as you sew.

2.TIP-foreheaed-down

STEP 6

Fold and pin the FACE PIECES with the fabric right sides together and sew the face darts as shown on the pattern markings.

pin face darts

EYES:

STEP 7

If you are using craft eyes, insert them now.

insert craft eyes

EARS:

STEP 8a

Sew the EAR PIECES together in pairs, leaving the straight edge open.

5.sew-ears-2

STEP 8b

Trim the seam allowance of the EAR PIECES to 3mm (1/8 inch) and turn the EARS right sides out.

*Do NOT stuff the EARS!

6.Trim-and-trun-ears

STEP 9

Pin the EARS to the FACE PIECES, using the pattern markings to guide you with the placement.

7.pin-ears-in-place

BACK HEAD:

STEP 10a

Sew one of the SIDE HEAD PIECES to the BACK HEAD PIECE from D – E.

8.Sew-side-to-back-head

STEP 10b

Sew the other SIDE HEAD PIECE to the BACK HEAD PIECE from D – E, on the other side.

9.-sew-back-head

HEAD:

STEP 11

Sew the FOREHEAD&FACE PIECES to the BACK HEAD&SIDE HEAD PIECES with the EARS in between.

10.-sew-back-to-front-head

STEP 12

Fold and pin the SIDE HEAD PIECES with the fabric right sides together and sew the side head darts as shown on the pattern markings.

* Put the HEAD aside while you sew the BODY.

11.sew-side-head-darts

BODY AND LEGS:

STEP 13

Sew the TUMMY PIECES together along the center seam from F – G.

tummy

STEP 14

Sew the INNER LEG PIECES to the TUMMY PIECE from H – J.

13.inner-legs

BACK:

STEP 15

Sew the BACK PIECES together from L – G.

14.back

STEP 16

Fold and pin the BACK PIECES with the fabric right sides together and sew the back darts as shown on the pattern markings.

15.back-darts

STEP 17

Sew the OUTER LEG PIECES to the BACK PIECES from N – O.

16.outer-legs

STEP 18

Sew the TUMMY&INNER LEG PIECES to the BACK& OUTER LEG PIECES at the bottom from P – G – P.

sew bottom seam

STEP 19

Sew the TUMMY& INNER LEG PIECES to the BACK PIECES& OUTER LEG at the sides from R – S on each side.

18-sew-legs-at-side

FOOTPADS:

STEP 20

Pin and sew the FOOT PAD PIECES to the INNER&OUTER LEG PIECES, matching point R and P.

footpads

ARMS:

STEP 21

Turn the body and legs right sides out and pin the INNER ARM PIECES to the TUMMY&BACK PIECES, matching point S.

pin arms

STEP 22

Sew the INNER ARM PIECES to the TUMMY&BACK PIECES with the INNER ARMS down.

21-sew-arms

TIP: This is a hard seam to sew, so use lots of pins and take it slow!

STEP 23

Turn the body and legs wrong sides out so the INNER ARM PIECES ‘flop’ out of the TUMMY&BACK PIECES, at the sides.

sew inner arms

STEP 24

Pin the OUTER ARM PIECE to the TUMMY, BACK & INNER ARM PIECES matching all the pattern markings.

pin outer arm

STEP 25

Pin and sew the OUTER ARMS closed along the top, from V – W (at the arm dart) then continue sewing the TUMMY and BACK PIECES together at the sides from W – X.

24.pin-arm-dat

* Here is an extra photo for you to see this step sewn!

25-Arm-dart-sewn

JOIN THE HEAD TO THE BODY:

STEP 26

Pin the head to the body at the neck seam. (Pin the FACE, SIDE HEAD&BACK HEAD PIECES to the TUMMY&BACK PIECES.)

pin neck seam

TIP: I find the best way to do this is to turn the BU right sides out and position it ‘inside the body’ so you can pin the pieces together at the neck seam, with the fabric right sides together.

sew head to body

STEP 27

Pull the HEAD back out of the body so the PIECES are wrong sides out again. Pin and sew the bear closed at the back from Y – K on the BACK HEAD PIECE continue on to Z on the BACK PIECES, leaving the gap open for turning.

26.sew-closed-at-back

STEP 28

Turn the bear right sides out through the turning gap. I like to use a wooden chopstick to make sure the seams are nicely turned.

stuff keepsake teddy bear

STEP 29

Stuff the legs, arms then the head area really well. Stuff the tummy area last.

TIP: Make sure the nose and face area is stuffed well so that it makes it easy to sew on the NOSE PIECE and embroider the mouth.

stuff memory bear with toy stuffing

STEP 30

Sew the gap on the BACK PIECES closed with a ladder stitch.

sew closed

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

STEP 31

Cut the NOSE PIECE from felt and pin this in position.

Sew the mouth and hide the starting and finishing knots under the felt of the NOSE PIECE.

30.nose-letters

  1. Sew the mouth, beginning by securing the thread with a thick knot.
  2. Sew into the nose under the NOSE PIECE (to hide the knot!) and come out at A.
  3. Sew in at B and come out at C. Keeping the tension firm but not too tight, sew in at B and come out at D.
  4. Making sure you keep the mouth stitches rounded, sew in at B and out again at A.
  5. Finish off with a knot.

STEP 32

Sew the feltΒ  NOSE PIECE in place with matching embroidery thread and a blanket stitch.

sew nose

Your Memory Keepsake Bear
is ready to LOVE!


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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Pauline

 

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  1. Cute!

    Comment by Trinity Perona on February 5, 2016 at 10:58 am

  2. yes I purchased the pattern for the price I paid I should be able to have the picture tutorial to go with it!
    Kerrie coulter

    Comment by kerrie on August 2, 2016 at 3:35 am

  3. Hi Kerrie, I thought about adding the photos to my pattern but it would be a 28 page document! So I decided to have the tutorial on my website because I know some people are already angry when they have to print out a 14 page pattern. πŸ™ You can access the tutorial anytime and most likely won’t need it after the first time you sew the teddy. πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on August 3, 2016 at 10:58 am

  4. I enjoyed sewing the Melody Memory Bear. It is absolutely adorable!
    May I suggest to add the words “and sew” to directions on page 6, second tick and to “Attaching the head to the body” tick? Thanks for the photo tutorial to clear that up for me.

    Comment by Marci F on November 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

  5. Ooooh, thanks Marci! Let me take a look at that! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on November 13, 2016 at 9:54 pm

  6. I am so confused about how to attach the head. πŸ˜₯

    Comment by Stephanie on January 28, 2017 at 2:46 am

  7. Hi Stephanie, The photo in the TIP shows you what the HEAD looks like just before you push it inside the BODY to pin them together. Make YOUR pieces look the same and you should be fine. If you pull the HEAD back out and you have sewn it on back to front, it is not the end of the world, you can unpick it…. I do a lot of unpicking myself, I’m not perfect!!!!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on January 31, 2017 at 10:45 pm

  8. It’s a pleasure Michelle! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on January 26, 2018 at 9:32 am

  9. I’m working on making the bear. I’ve read through the instructions multiple times before I get started and just want some clarification on one thing. Trying to think how to best ask…. When cutting the pattern pieces, should the fabric be laying face down on the cutting board (so you see the wrong side) with the pattern laying face up (the printed words are seen)?

    Comment by Katy Thompson on February 3, 2018 at 2:29 am

  10. Hi Katy, you missed the instructions in the LAYOUT section of the pattern. πŸ™ This photo tutorial is for seeing me sew the toy so I haven’t repeated that info here too. BUT, no matter, I can paste it here for you to read. Lay the fabric right side down. Place your templates onto the wrong side of the fabric making sure the arrows point towards you. Trace the templates lightly with a fabric marker, pencil or permanent marker.
    If you turn the templates over you won’t be able to see the pattern markings which need to be transferred onto the fabric. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Pauline on March 1, 2018 at 8:46 pm

  11. Just finished my bear…The bear is going to my daughter. I made it from fabric that my mother had…I had fabric for over 20 yrs. and decided to do this..My daughter misses her grandma so much still after so many years she passed away as do I…So again thank you…God Bless

    Comment by Yolanda on May 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm

  12. Hi Yolanda, wow – your memory bear sounds really precious! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on May 28, 2018 at 1:45 am

  13. Me again… Figured it out, just needed to view your photo tutorial on something larger than a smartphone 😜
    Thanks for well written and documented patterns!

    Comment by Kellyann on July 16, 2018 at 6:07 am

  14. No worries – glad you got there in the end! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on August 5, 2018 at 4:24 pm

  15. My 17 mo old granddaughter saw your bear at Webfabrics and loved it to death so of course I have to make one. But it is my first time making a stuffed toy. When the pattern calls for cutting “one reverse” does it mean to flip the pattern to backside up and if so how does one transfer the markings onto the fabric accurately? Any tips will be greatly appreciated. Yes, I did see and appreciate the layout in the pattern guide but I bought Fat Quarters. Thanks.

    Comment by Nancy on August 15, 2018 at 10:27 pm

  16. Hi Nancy, you can lay your fabric pieces with the right sides together and trace once, and cut out both layers. πŸ™‚

    Comment by Pauline on August 16, 2018 at 7:31 pm

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