This Teddy Bear Cushion is UnBEARably Cute!
National Teddy Bear Day is coming up on 9th September, and what better way to celebrate than by making this adorable teddy bear cushion for the little ones in your life?
This project was created and written by our Sewing Ambassador, Charlotte Newland.
You will need:
- About 12 – 14 pretty fabrics in the theme of your choice [I used a selection from several fat quarter packs]
- Rotary cutter
- Wonder-Under fusible web
- Small amount of plain brown and black fabric for facial features
- Sewing machine
- 14” cushion pad
- Matching thread
Seam allowance is 1/4” unless stated otherwise.
Cut a total of 25 3.5” squares from your fat quarters and lay them out in a 5″ × 5″ grid. Sew your squares together and press the seams open to minimize bulk. Use a plate to round two of the corners of the patchwork.
Draw an oval approximately 6” across onto Wonder-Under and follow the manufacturer’s instructions to fuse it to a piece of brown fabric. This will be your teddy’s nose. Cut along your drawn line, peel off the paper backing, and fuse the nose to the centre of your patchwork piece. Make 1” circle eyes from black fabric in the same way. Topstitch around the edges of the nose and eyes to hold them firmly in place.
Make your teddy’s ears. Cut four 4” circles from plain brown fabric and two 2.5” circles from any of your printed fabrics. I used a pretty pink fabric. Stack the circles on top of each other as shown and cut 1.5” away from the outside edge to make an ear shape.
Fuse Wonder-Under to the back of each smaller ear piece, then peel away the paper backing and fuse each one to a brown ear piece. Topstitch around the edge of the printed fabric to hold it securely in place.
Place your ear pieces in pairs right sides together and sew around the curved edge. Trim the seam allowances and turn the ears inside out. Topstitch around the edge so that the shape stays nice and crisp. Set the ears aside for later.
Lay the pieces on top of each other right sides up and overlapping by 5” then baste them together at the overlap.
Pin your pieces together as follows: cushion back, right side up; ears, right side up (at the curved part of the cushion front); cushion front, right side down.
Sew all the way around the edge with a 1/2” seam allowance, then all the way around again just inside the first line of stitching for strength. Turn your cushion cover inside out and give it a good press, then insert the cushion pad.
Perfect for snuggling! — Charlotte x