How to sew a Memory bear. Free pdf pattern
How to sew a memory bear
Welcome to our guide on How to sew a memory bear. As well as a full, step by step tutorial, we have also added a free bear sewing pattern in 3 different sizes.
Although this pattern may look confusing at first. It is however, surprisingly easy and perfect for beginner and intermediate sewers.
Throughout the pattern pieces, you will find some dashed lines. Overall, these lines are a guide to indicate where you need to sew. These markings DO NOT need to be transferred onto your fabric pieces.
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What you need- How to sew a memory bear
To begin our guide on How to sew a memory bear, we will take a look at what you need.
Most commonly, to make these memory bears, people often use old clothing or baby clothes. However, you can also use fabric from a roll. On the whole, we would suggest not using any stretchy fabric. As well as this, you can find an amazing range of different fabrics HERE.
Although each bear will require a different amount, you won’t need more than 300g of stuffing. You can get stuffing at amazing prices HERE
Eyes and nose.
During this pattern we will be using plastic eyes and nose that are held in place with eyelets. However, if you are able to embroider, you could also embroider the eyes and nose onto your bear.
Key words and terms to know. How to sew a memory bear.
Moving on in our How to sew a memory bear tutorial, we will look at Key words and terms that you will find within this project. Although this free memory bear sewing pattern is easy to use and is certainly a good pattern for beginners, there may still be many terms you may not have heard before.
Right sides together
Furthermore, these are also not used to indicate where to sew on your fabric, they are for reference purposes only and are used to help you follow to pattern easier.
As well as this, it is also important to note that the eyes and nose markings should only be transferred onto 2 mirrored pieces.
The seam allowance for the free memory bear sewing pattern is 3/8 inch throughout.
As well as this, you can also find many other sewing terms HERE.
Making your bear- How to sew a memory bear
To begin making your free memory bear, you first need to choose the size that you would like to make; small, medium or large.
Once you have decided what size you would like, you next need to download and print it out. After the pattern has been printed, carefully cut out the paper pieces with your paper scissors.
In addition to this, it is also important to ensure that if you are using patterned fabric, that the pattern is the correct way before you pin.
Once all of your free memory bear sewing pattern pieces are pinned, carefully cut them out.
Although many people like to cut round the pattern piece when pinned, you can alternatively draw around your pattern pieces, un-pin and then cut.
After you have cut out your pieces, it is extremely important to transfer all of the markings onto your fabric. As a result you will find it much easier to line everything up when you begin to sew. Furthermore, if your piece requires 2 pieces, these have to be mirrored. Therefore, cut on folded fabric. NOTE- ONLY TRANSFER EYES, NOSE AND EARS ONTO 2 PIECES (1 pair). As mentioned above, you do NOT transfer the dashed lines onto your fabric, these are simply a guide on where to sew.
To start, you will need pattern piece 1. Although this may not look like much right now, this will soon be the bears arms.
Throughout this pattern, you will find black dots that signal an area NOT to be sewn. After the sewing has been completed, these holes will be used to stuff the bear after it has been made.
As indicated on the pattern piece, the arms require 4 fabric pieces. Separate these into 2 mirrored pairs and pin them right sides together.
Next, using the pattern piece as a guide, sew around the arm as shown in the image, back stitch at the start and end of the black dots and ensure that you don’t sew between these. Once the sewing is complete on the arms, gently snip around the curved edges as this will help keep the shape when turned the correct way round. It is also extremely important to make sure that you don’t cut through the stitches when snipping.
Moving on in our guide on How to make a memory bear we will make the legs and feet, from piece 2. In addition to the main seam shown in orange (seam c), you will also find a green seam (seam D). DO NOT sew seam D first.
Again, separate your 4 pieces into 2 mirrored pairs and pin right side together. Once you have done this, sew around seam c, avoiding between seam D and also between the black dots.
Once again, gently snip around the corners.
After you have completed seam c, it is time to move onto seam D. This seam is indicated in green on the free pdf memory bear sewing pattern. To complete this seam, first, open up the leg and lay flat so that seam D is facing you (see pic). Next, take both fabrics in your hands at the inside point and open, line up the top and bottom fabric and pin. Finally, sew across this with a 3/8 inch seam.
Once complete, turn the correct way round.
Next we move onto piece 3 of our free memory bear sewing pattern; the bears body front. Overall, the body is the simplest part.
In order to complete the front of the body, you first need to pin your pieces right sides together, as you did with the others. After this, its time to sew seam G, indicated in pink.
Again, it is very important to back stitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.
When finished, put this piece to the side.
Another step in our How to make a memory bear tutorial, is the bears back. Again, as with some of the others, this has 2 different seams; seam E and seam F. Pin your pieces right sides together and sew down seam E, ensuring that you don’t sew along the line marked with seam F or between the black dots.
Once this has been sewn, open up your piece and lie flat with the right side facing you. As you did with the leg, open out seam F and fold the bottom of the body up so that right sides are facing. Again, line up the top and bottom fabrics of seam F and pin in place. Finally, sew along this line in order to make the memory bears bottom. As a result, the bear will sit up once stuffed.
Making the free memory bear sewing pattern
Again, you should have cut 4 pieces of fabric for the head and therefore have 2 mirrored pairs. As noted above, you should have only transferred the eyes and nose markings onto 1 of these pairs. As well as this, you should also have transferred the markings for the ears onto both pairs.
Once you have paired your bears head pieces, take the front head pieces (these pieces will have the eyes and nose markings).
Following this, it is again time to pin your fabric right sides together. After this, sew down the seam that is shown on the pattern piece as seam A.
Again, it is important to remember to back stitch at the start and end of your seams. After you have sewn the front of the head, repeat with the back of the head, sewing seam A again.
Next we move onto the details of our bears face. During this tutorial and also on our bears shown , we have used plastic eyes with stoppers.
However, you can also buy iron on applique eyes, or you can hand embroider the eyes and nose if you feel comfortable. In addition to the eyes and nose, our bear now needs some ears. Compared to the other pieces, the ears of the bear will be stuffed before we sew them onto the face.
Again, it is time to pair the ears into 2 mirrored pieces and pin them right sides together. Next, sew around the outside. As before, using your fabric scissors, gently snip around the curve as you did above on the arms and legs. Once this is complete, turn the ears the right way round and stuff.
After the ears have been stuffed, line up your ears with the markings right sides together and sew them in place.
Finally, we come onto sewing our bear together.
To complete your memory bear, you first need to pin your arms and legs in place, right sides together. In order to do this, pin the arms and legs folding into the body, as shown in the image. Once in the correct place, use a basting stitch to temporarily keep them in place. Next, repeat this process with the bears head, placing them right sides together.
Once this has been found, use this hole to gently turn your bear the correct way. Next it is time to stuff your bear. Simply use the holes that you left in the body, arms and legs to push stuffing into your bear. Although you may want to use your stuffing sparingly, using more and packing it firmly will have a better result overall.
After you have stuffed your bear, you are almost complete. Next it is time to close up the holes. In my opinion, it is always best to use a ladder stitch (also known as invisible stitch) as this will give an overall, better finish. However, If you are unsure of how to do this, you can find a full guide HERE
And there you have it, your bear is now complete
Finally, we really hope that you have found this useful and enjoyable. In addition to this, we would love to see your bears, leave a picture in the comments below. Alternatively, if you have any questions don’t hesitate to message us or leave a comment.