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Last week I gave you my free patterns for making a Hawaiian shirt for my plush bear toy. With today’s blog post, I’m completing the ensemble by giving you the pattern and tutorial for making the pants as well.
This is a great Christmas gift idea for the little boys in your family!
The tutorial for the pants displays a similar pattern on GI Joe, Ken, and other 12 inch male fashion dolls, but don’t be discouraged! You’re watching the right tutorial video!
The “pants” pattern for the bear is going to follow exactly the same step-by-step instructions as the boxer shorts pattern for Ken dolls!
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 last week’s blog post as well, to see the many ways this versatile pattern can be used:
Here’s an image of the shirt and pants patterns for my plush bear, and as you can see, those bear “pants” actually do look a lot like the pattern for my Ken doll’s boxer shorts…
To make the shirt, you might want to use a small-print floral fabric. I used a silky fabric that my brother bought on his trip to Fiji, but it’s much easier to use a cotton fabric rather than a silky one. The pants are made of solid-colored cotton.
You’ll notice that the pants fit my plush bear like a regular pair of trousers, not a pair of shorts (see image below and at the top of this blog post).
My “Hawaiian” shirt fabric did have flowers on it, but the flowers were too big to look good on my little 8 inch bear. So I tried to cut my fabric from the splotchy area of the fabric.
I still think it makes a very nice “Hawaiian” shirt, even though it’s not floral-looking:
My pattern for the little Hawaiian shirt will fit my own “firefighter bear” plush toy (the pattern for the bear is also offered below), but it will fit the JC Toys Li’l Cutesies baby dolls too, and these are an 8 inch baby doll.
- Free printable PDF sewing pattern for making pants and a Hawaiian shirt for a plush bear or 8 inch baby doll
- Tutorial video showing how to make the Hawaiian shirt
- Tutorial video showing how to make the pants (this video shows other toys wearing similar pants/shorts)
- Free printable PDF sewing patterns for making a firefighter bear
- Tutorial video for making the firefighter bear
- Guidelines for making the plush bear without the sew-on pants/jeans
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:
- 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.
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