When I was a little girl, I had a Smokey-the-Bear toy that I took with me everywhere. For this week’s free sewing pattern, I’ve created a similar “firefighter bear” or “ranger bear” in blue jeans. Are you looking for a toy to make for both boys and girls to enjoy this summer? My firefighter bear could be just what you’re looking for.
With this week’s free patterns and tutorial, you’ll also want to review a few things about embroidery, since my tutorial will be using embroidery floss around the various parts of the bear’s face and his little paws. Here are some tutorials you may find helpful for this week’s project:
- Here’s my “How to Thread an Embroidery Needle” video.
- My “How to Hem a Garment by Hand Using the Whipstitch” tutorial shows you the basic stitch we’ll be using to attach all of the felt pieces to the bear.
- The “Basic Sewing Stitch Tutorial” video will show you how to do the straight stitch, which I will mention in my DIY video for the bear project.
- I also mention the backstitch in my bear project video, and here’s my “Backstitch Tutorial.”
Tomorrow I’ll be back with the free patterns for my little firefighter bear, so be sure to drop in!
Additional Tips and Pointers:
Need help printing my patterns? This link will take you to a tutorial showing you how to download my free, printable patterns.
Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).
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In case you haven’t heard, I’ve also designed commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.