The COMFORT BEAR pattern can be found in two parts below. In addition, the instructions for the matching children's size mask is below.
- Fabric—2 pieces 13” x 15”
- Marking Pen or Pencil
- Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread
- Bear Pattern
- Optional: Template plastic or cardstock to make a reusable pattern, embroidered bear face, floss or thread to add features, ribbon for around his neck.
- We ask that you don’t use buttons for eyes or other embellishments that can be a choking hazard).
1. Tape the bottom edge of the bear pattern to the bottom of the bear at the dotted line. Use scissors to cut the bear pattern along the outline. Trace on to a piece of template plastic or cardstock for a permanent, reusable pattern.
2. Trace the bear shape on the wrong sides of the fabric pieces with a marking pen or pencil. Cut out leaving a quarter inch seam allowance.
3. Decide which piece will be the front and add a face. Stitch a pre-embroidered design with your favorite method (satin, button hole, raw edge..) or design your own with floss or machine stitching.
4. Pin right sides together and stitch along the traced line, leaving a two inch opening on the side for turning.
5. Clip curves and turn right sides out. Press.
6. Stuff with stuffing. Tuck raw edges under in the opening and stitch closed.
7. Tie a ribbon around the bear’s neck and attach the matching mask to the bear’s arm.
8. Send the bear out into the world to bring a smile and joy to a child’s face.
Comfort Bear Pattern #1 - Head and Arms
Comfort Bear Pattern #2 - Legs
- For ages 4-12- You need two pieces of fabric measuring 5″x 7″ and 2 pieces of 1/8th” elastic measuring 6″ long. If you can’t find skinny elastic, you can cut wide ones. If you can’t find any elastic, you can use long strings and tie at the back
- For ages 2-4- You need two pieces of fabric measuring 4″x 6″ and 2 pieces of 1/8th” elastic measuring 5″ long.
- Pin elastic about 1/2″ from corners of short side of front side of one fabric.
- Lay the other piece of the fabric right side facing down and pin all the way around.
- Sew both pieces of fabric together all the way around. It may be hard when you get the corners with the elastic so, go slow. Leave about 2″ open so you can turn it inside out.
- Turn inside out. Fold down the opening and top sew closed.
- Make two pleats in the center of sides of mask. The pleats are about 1″ each.
- Sew around mask including sides
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