FREE firefighter bear PDF sewing patterns are great for making your own plush toys as Christmas gifts this year…

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Today’s blog post is a re-post of an older pattern, which I’ve converted into a PDF. And yes, if my “Firefighter Bear” looks vaguely familiar to you, as a child, I had a “Smokey Bear” plush toy that was a particular favorite of mine. He was, of course, the inspiration for my own “firefighter bear” plush toy.

Here’s a picture of my well-loved Smokey:

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And yes, that’s me, as a little girl, dressed up in old-timey clothes (it was a fad in the 1970’s). My brother is standing right behind me, also dressed in antique clothes. I’ll be giving him a mention in this week’s video!

Please be aware that Smokey Bear is a copyrighted and trademarked name. As such, if you’re not planning to make a bear to give someone this Christmas, but instead you would like to buy one, please make sure you buy your Smokey Bear from the US Forest Service, so our firefighters and public lands funds will benefit from your purchase.

My childhood plush toy was quite large — about 18 inches tall — but my own firefighter bear plush toy (the one I designed) is only about 8 inches tall. Here’s a caramel-colored version of my bear, next to a 12 inch Ken doll, so you can see what I mean:

Here we see a modern Ken doll in a pair of polka dot undershorts lying on a white table next to a plush bear. Their body types are quite different. For one thing, Ken's body tapers from broad shoulders to a narrow waist; the bear's body is more of a triangle shape with a narrow upper body and wide hips. Ken's arms are long while the bear's arms are short. Ken stands much taller than the bear -- perhaps by as much as three or four inches (7 to 10 centimeters). And the bear's neck is much, much wider than Ken's neck.
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My own bear can be made to look like any bear character you wish. It’s up to you, as to how much creativity you use. Yesterday’s blog post showed how to use my pattern to create a Paddington-like bear. Same pattern, different character. Click here to go back to see that bear project from yesterday.

I once used pink polka dot fabric and gave my bear a tutu!

Please visit for free, printable sewing patterns. Image shows a pink bear plush toy (plushie or plushy) wearing a tulle tutu. She has big, floppy ears. Her fuzzy muzzle makes her face really cute with a big black nose and surrounded by clever eyes. The toy is made of cotton fabric, felt, and fake fur. This craft project comes with a free printable downloadable pattern found at (search for the gallery page).
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My niece, Emily, received that pink polka dot bear for Christmas one year. So a plush bear can be a blessing to both boys and girls.

I made my firefighter bear out of brown flannel, tan and black felt, and embroidery floss. Here’s another image of him, to help inspire you:

The image shows a hand-embroidered firefighter bear in a facsimile of Smokey the Bear. His face and other parts of this stuffed animal are hand stitched and embroidered. This embroidery and sewing project can be found at including free printable sewing patterns and tutorial videos.

In the first bullet below, you’ll find the free, printable PDF sewing pattern for making my firefighter bear. Come back tomorrow, and I’ll show you how to make him an adorable Hawaiian shirt. As you may have heard, Hawaii is beginning to rebuild after their horrendous fires last summer, and we all wish them well as they try to recover from their terrible losses. God bless!

You may need a refresher on how to do certain embroidery stitches for this firefighter bear, so here are some links you may find helpful:

Remember that my patterns and tutorial videos are free to the public, using the Creative Commons Attribution mark. So to do your part, here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:

Credit and Disclaimer:

Smokey Bear is a trademarked name, owned by the US Forest Service. and ChellyWood LLC are not affiliated with Smokey Bear or the US Forest Service. Learn about the original Smokey Bear on the website. Please support our US Forest Service and the firefighters who keep our forests and public lands safe by visiting their website, and consider purchasing a product from their official stores.

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