In all the years that we’ve been crafting, we’ve learned several core skills and techniques that we used over and over again. Some of the things that we actually use these skills to make more specifically, however, are a little bit random and we’re not even ashamed because we just can’t get enough of them. For example, we always have our eyes peeled for tutorials on how to make adorable teddy bears because making kids’ toys for our own little ones and as gifts for family and friends is something that has always given us joy, and we simply find that people of all ages love teddy bears!
If you’re just as interested in the idea of learning how to make all different kinds of DIY teddy bears as we are, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. Little felt stuffed teddy bear
If we’re being honest, one of our very favourite materials to work with in the teddy bear making experiences we’ve had so far has always been felt. This is because it’s soft and easy to use, but still a little bit structured, giving the bears cute shape rather than making them floppy like rag dolls. This adorable little felt stuffed teddy bear with embroidered details, outlined step by step on Guidecentral, is the perfect example of what we mean!
2. Miniature polymer clay teddy bears
At first, the visual texture of apparent “fuzz” on these adorable tiny bears really threw us off, because it actually looks like they’re made of soft fabric on first glance! We were surprised to learn upon closer inspection that they’re actually made of polymer clay that has just been pressed to look like they have a fuzzy surface. See how much fun these are to make in more detail on SweetMiniDollHouse.
3. Flat baby bear
Are you looking for a very simple design that will make an appropriate newborn baby gift but that’s also easy enough for beginners because you’re new to the whole DIY teddy bear game? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Sew Toy made this adorable fleecy baby bear that has a flat shape which makes it perfect for laying next to Baby!
4. Fuzzy kawaii bear plushie
Now that we’ve talked all about fuzzy textures, are you actually feeling kind of enamoured with the idea of making a bear that really feels just as soft and fuzzy as the polymer clay bears looked? Then we have a feeling you might get along a little better with these adorable Kawaii plush bears outlined step by step on Budget Hobby, especially if you’re the kind of person who adores Japanese style!
5. Tiny towel teddy bear
Perhaps you’re feeling rather torn between the idea of making a teddy bear that’s extremely soft and the concept of making a little miniature bear that’s very easy to gift to a friend who needs their day brightened? Well, who ever said you have to choose? Instead, take a look at how TKG Crafts did both when they made these adorable terrycloth bears that feel like a towel!
6. Teddy bear cupcakes
If you’re going to get creative around a specific theme, would you rather make something from food because the kitchen is where all your best DIY skills are based? Well, if you’ve ever been a fan of making cupcakes then we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way Ruffles and Rain Boots made these adorable teddy bear shaped cupcake toppers out of peanut butter cups! They’re a delicious idea so long as no one you’re sharing with has any nut allergies.
7. Wash cloth teddy bears
Are you feeling rather intrigued indeed by the idea of using towel material to create your teddy bear because you love the way it feels, but you’re just not sure your sewing skills are quite ready for the idea of working in miniature since you’re still a bit of a beginner? Then we’d encourage you to take a look at how The Whoot made these medium sized teddy bears out of rolled wash cloths attached simply but strategically.
8. Crocheted teddy bear
Are your very best and most refined DIY skills actually more yarn based than fabric-centric because you’re a skilled crochet enthusiast? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give this adorable crocheted teddy bear pattern available in full detail on JenPattern a try! We adore the way they also include finishing suggestions, like the facial details and ribbon.
9. DIY faux fur teddy bear
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make a custom teddy bear from scratch, would you rather make one that actually feels furry just like a real bear? In that case, we’d be willing to bet that these old fashioned style faux fur bears with hinge joints outlined step by step on Binc Bonc might be a little more up your alley! We’re also completely in love the way they show you how to use your knitting skills to make your bear a miniature scarf like it’s keeping warm in chilly fall weather.
10. Scrap fabric bear
Are you actually the kind of sewing enthusiast who’s always starting and finishing new projects of all different kinds, so you have a huge stash of leftover material and scrap fabrics that you’re constantly looking for new ways to use? Then we’re pretty sure While She Naps has the perfect tutorial for you! Dipping into their scraps stash and digging out fun contrasting patterns is precisely what they did to make these easy miniature rag bears.
11. Mini Build-A-Bear with clothes
We’re honestly not sure what it is about miniature projects, but we’re completely obsessed with them! There’s just something so amusing and satisfying about being able to recreate something in a tiny version of itself. We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise, then, that we were very pleased indeed to come across this mini Build-A-Bear tutorial outlined step by simple step on Sugar Charm Shop!
12. Old fashioned felt plushie bears
Are you still feeling quite enamoured with the idea of making miniature bears but you’re also wondering whether you can’t style them a little more old fashioned, like the classic bears your grandparents might have owned? Then we’re pretty sure you just might be the perfect person to give these adorable hand stitched and quilted looking teddies outlined step by step on One Imon a try!
13. Upcycled denim teddy bear
Are you actually the kind of DIY enthusiast who likes turning just about anything you make into an opportunity for upcycling because repurposing things in order to save them from being wasted is one of your favourite things to do? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Creativities made this awesomely unique denim teddy bear by repurposing jeans, jean shorts, and jean skirts!
14. Rilakkuma plush bear
Did we almost catch your attention when we started talking about kawaii bears because you do love that style but, if you’re going to make a bear that’s a little more specific in its shape and characteristics, you’d rather create an actual character? Then we have a feeling you might have a little more fun making something like this Rilakkuma plush outlined in awesome detail thanks to Claire Sophia!
15. Soft polar bear
Just in case you’re still scrolling through our list thinking about how much you’d like to make a soft teddy bear design but you just haven’t seen the idea that’s quite held your attention yet, here’s an adorable alternative for your consideration! Take a better look at Fluff Monger to see how these super cute and very round little polar bears were made. We love the way they outlined several different variations for you to choose from, like the bear wearing a scarf or the one holding a heart.
Have you made another kind of wonderful stuffed DIY teddy bear before that you were very happy with indeed but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!