Simple Sewing Project for Kids {Free Printable Bear}

    Posted by  ·  March 18, 2011


    Bear Front Download

    Bear Back Download

    How to make your own print and sew bear:

    Download bear and print on fabric. You can buy fabric that is specifically made for the printer (If you are squeamish or can’t take it when someone says, “you sent what through the printer”– buy the proper paper.) If you like to live on the edge — hang on and I will tell you how to make your own paper backed fabric.

    Cut a piece of very light weight white cotton fabric (muslin) and Freezer Paper slightly larger than 8 1/2 X 11. Iron the shiny side of the paper to the fabric. Use a dry iron and hold for about 5 seconds. start from the middle and work to edges. If you have wrinkles in the fabric press on fabric side until smooth. I then cut out the now paper backed fabric to 8 1/2″ X 11″. Give it another press — it needs to be really flat. In fact, I think it works to give it a press right before you run it through your printer. It is best to use a simple ink jet printer — not a fancy 4 in 1 copier that has an elaborate (and expensive) system on the inside (I speak from experience people). Simply send your paper backed fabric through the printer so it prints on the fabric side. **Use ‘normal’ color print mode and choose ‘fit to page’ on your printer settings.**

    If you want to conserve ink you can use any cotton (a cute brown print would be fun) fabric for the back of the bear.


    Peal paper from back of fabric. On the wrong side of the bear trace around the outside edge of the bear. A disappearing fabric marking pen would be great, but I only could find a pencil.


    Pin and sew. We left our opening for turning at the top of the head.


    Trim and clip all curves and corners. Slip stitch opening closed.

    PrintableBear4Turn and stuff!

    Thanks Amanda for making us a cute bear to print and sew!


    1. caige effenberg
      Saturday, January 9th, 2016
      that printable bear was awesome
    2. Dolores Martinez
      Monday, May 12th, 2014
      I have a 7 month old grandchild and he is now becoming aware of toys. This bear is a perfect size for him and you can use all kinds of material to make him a one of a kind. Thank you for sharing.
    3. jackie cooke
      Friday, May 9th, 2014
      thank you for sharing your teddy bear pattern i am looking forward to making this for my granddaughter
    4. Linda Mechel
      Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
      Go to you printer options and select black & white(mine says grayscale) printing. It will only print the lines.

      to get to options hit print or control p , then hit settings and color management.
    5. Nina Stokes
      Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
      Thank you for the printable bear pattern! The instructions indicate that we can save ink by printing the back side on printed fabric which I did this morning. I don't see how that saves ink. I think the light brown background still printed on my brown print fabric. Is there a way to have the background erased(?) so that only the bunny tail prints?

      Thanks for your help!
    6. Friday, March 25th, 2011
      This is such a cute way to teach kids to sew! I hope you don't mind, but I included this in my weekly round up of Fab Finds Friday on my blog (
    7. Lynn Bellamy
      Monday, March 21st, 2011
      Love these "free" patterns you post! They are really cute and super easy to complete!

      Again, Thanks!
    8. Saturday, March 19th, 2011
      this is soo cute!
    9. Friday, March 18th, 2011
      Learning to SEW!
      I need these SIMPLE sewing projects for ME! ;o)
      And WOW on that Cannon Rebel Giveaway!
      Happy Weekend Cindy!
    10. Friday, March 18th, 2011
      Thanks for sharing! This is a sewing project that I'd love to try with my niece.