FREE Hawaiian shirt pattern for Chelly Wood’s “firefighter bear” and other 8 inch baby dolls

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If you watch the news in the United States at all, you’re probably aware that the Hawaiian island of Maui suffered terrible damages last summer. I don’t like to jump on the hype bandwagon, so I waited for Hawaii to start its healing process before I decided to post today’s tutorial.

This tutorial shows you how to make a Hawaiian shirt for — of all things — my plush “firefighter bear” project (which I first posted a few years ago).

I made my firefighter bear out of brown flannel, tan and black felt, and embroidery floss. Here’s an image of my original firefighter bear, but you might want to look back at yesterday’s blog post as well, to see the many ways this versatile pattern can be used:

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.

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!

I have cousins in Hawaii, and my prayers went out to them during that trying time.

This Hawaiian shirt project was actually part of a gift I gave my best friend’s daughter, when she found out she would be having a baby boy. They loved their little plush bear with his handmade clothing ensemble, and I hope you can think of someone to give a plush bear to this year for the holidays, as well!

This is the JPG image of a free printable PDF sewing pattern for making a Hawaiian style shirt or a shirt with a collar and short sleeves plus a pair of elastic-waist pants to fit a plush 8 inch tall bear. The bear pattern, in addition to these free doll clothes patterns were designed to fit the firefighter bear pattern that was designed and is available for free from Chelly Wood at Chelly Wood dot com. Please note that the pattern is marked with the Creative Commons Attribution symbol, the Chelly Wood logo, and five flowers to indicate that a Hawaiian shirt is extremely difficult to sew because of the difficulty of attaching a collar and sleeves.
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You’ll notice that my Hawaiian shirt pattern has been marked with five flowers (the PDF is below but the JPG image is above). I could have gone for four flowers on my difficulty scale, but honestly, Hawaiian shirt fabric is very slippery. So because of the trickiness of collars combined with the slippery fabric, I opted for five flowers, the most difficult ranking I give my patterns.

Therefore, you’ve been warned! If you’re a beginner, don’t start with a Hawaiian shirt project, no matter how cute this shirt looks!

The image shows a caramel colored bear modeling a red Hawaiian print shirt with a collar and lapel. The Hawaiian shirt has short sleeves. The South Pacific patterning on the red shirt includes a mottled black pattern throughout the silky fabric. The plush bear toy also wears black pants or trousers with an elastic waist to match the Hawaiian shirt.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

Now don’t give up reading after I give you the patterns for this Hawaiian shirt. If you scroll down to the second set of bullets, I’ll also give you the free patterns and tutorial videos for making the plush bear toy as well.

There’s also an image of the shirt from the back, just below these bullets, which is where you’ll find your shirt pattern:

The caramel colored bear is shown from the back, with his little ears curly just a bit. The collar of his Hawaiian shirt rolls nicely back, and his sleeves fit the arms of the bear in such a way as to expose his little bear paws. His black pants do not look particularly different from the back, but the shirt's Hawaiian print does have more of the black mottled look to the silky fabric than the front view had offered.
Please visit for free printable PDF sewing patterns and tutorial videos for making doll clothes to fit dolls of many shapes and all different sizes.

My pattern for the little Hawaiian shirt will fit my own “firefighter bear” plush toy (the pattern for the bear is offered below), but it will also fit the JC Toys Li’l Cutesies baby dolls, which are an 8 inch doll.

You may need a refresher on how to do certain embroidery stitches to make 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:

This image shows four rows of artist's renderings of doll clothing items. The top row shows four different styles of pants. The second row shows four different styles of shirts. The third row shows four different styles of skirts. The fourth row shows four different styles of dresses, with skirts in long, short, and mid-length styles. The text reads at the top, "Classes in Doll Clothing Design" followed by this paragraph: "Have you ever wished you could create patterns of your own? Click on the links to Chelly's online courses below, to learn more about her paid courses in doll clothing pattern design techniques." If you sign up for one of Chelly Wood's Creative Spark online courses, you can create a doll wardrobe to suit dolls of any shape and size. Find out more at

Learn more about how to design your own doll pants patterns and how to make pattern alterations by taking one of my online courses on the Creative Spark website. To learn more, please click here.

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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.

Paddington Bear and its products are owned by Paddington and Company Limited (UK), and they own the registered trademark for these products. To learn more about the Paddington Bear Company, please click here. Links in this blog post may be affiliate links, however the link in this disclaimer is not an affiliate link, and Chelly Wood as well as is in no way associated with the Paddington Bear Company Limited. I’m simply posting this to honor the trademark and give credit to the trademark owner.

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