Even though August is over, fire season isn’t, here in North America! I hope some of you will show your support for our hard-working firefighters by making a firefighter bear for someone you know. It reminds us all that “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” So here are the patterns you’ll need:
You may need a re-fresher on how to do certain embroidery stitches for this firefighter bear, so here are some links you may find helpful:
- 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.”
- Here’s a link to my satin stitch tutorial, which is used to make the bear’s mouth.
Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale, take a look back at this blog post.
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).
If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.
Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:
- You can pin them on Pinterest.
- You can like them on Facebook.
- You can tweet about them.
- Use any other form of social media that appeals to you!
Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.
In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some 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.
If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!