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Hey everyone! Due to popular request, the first tutorial I will be sharing form June’s Rustic Room, is this adorable bear rug!
I made it for a total cost of *insert sticker shock* $6 thanks to a 50% off coupon from Hobby Lobby. The actual fur was the only thing I had to purchase, because I had everything else already on hand.
However, if you factor in all those costs, the overall price would be like $10 to make.The rug’s dimensions are 40×48″ To make your own Bear Rug, you will need: Thread and Needle 2 yards of Faux Fur Fabric (I got mine half off from Hobby Lobby for $6) Upholstery Button Kit (I used this one HERE) Black felt for the eyes and nose (you can get a single sheet for like 20 cents at craft stores) Knit Fabric for the muzzle and ears (I used an old sweater) Poly Fill for stuffing (you can use fluff from an old pillow too!)
The pattern can be found at the bottom of this post.
First, connect all the grouped pattern pieces as illustrated above. When you connect letters a-k you will have half the bear body. But don’t worry, we will fold the fabric over so that both sides will be identical when cut. Numbers 1-3 are for the pattern piece that goes underneath the head, making the face 3D. You will need to cut four Ear Pieces using the same pattern piece (two using the same fabric as the fur, and two using the fabric you want for the muzzle and inside of the ears) The Muzzle Piece should have two pieces of fabric cut from it, and should match whatever fabric you use for the insides of the ears. Lastly, the Nose should be made with Black Felt. Now for the full tutorial!
First, fold your fabric down the middle so that the head and tail will be doubled in width when unfolded. I traced my pattern out with chalk onto the bottom of the fabric, which made cutting much easier.
This is what it looks like after you have cut it out, and unfolded the two sides. Looking good already!
Now we are going to use the pattern piece with the numbers 1-3 for the head. Take those pattern pieces and use the same “fold over the middle” technique we used for the body. Lay this piece of fabric on top of the body piece, with the fur sides facing each other. They should match up with the existing head on the body. Sew the edges together, leaving the back part (the side facing closes to the tail) open. Turn it inside out and start filling with poly fill. When it’s looking good and full to you, go ahead and sew the back shut to the bottom of the rug.
Now you have a nice little bump for the head.
To add the muzzle, cut out two pieces from the muzzle pattern piece and sew them together. Leave a small opening to fill it with more poly fill, then sew that opening together. Next, sew the muzzle to the front of the face. I found that it looked best when you tilted the head around the muzzle and attached it that way.
To avoid having a rug that looks like a platypus, we need some ears! Again, I used a knit sweater for the insides of the ears. Place the pieces together, with their front’s facing each other, and sew them together in a rainbow like shape. Fill these will poly fill as well.
Here are both ears attached to the head. On a side note, I ended up pinching the edges of the bear’s neck, so the head wouldn’t bulge out from the shoulders. That’s up to your taste preference though.
Now sew on your felt nose and button eyes! If you don’t want upholstered button eyes, here is another way you can make some great looking (and baby safe) stuffed animal eyes, HERE.
And your bear is all done!
You can add claws, a mouth, and the likes if you want. But I think this bear looks adorable as is.
Personally, I am not a huge fan of real animal rugs… for my home decor at least. I do like sheepskins and such, but this rug is completely irresistible in a children’s room. It’s like a teddy bear brought to a whole new level of fun!
The great thing about it making one yourself, is that you can use any type of fur fabric to personalize the look for your little ones’s room. There were some awesome dark ones at Hobby Lobby, and they looked super real. However, I went with a softer looking fabric because all the colors in June’s room are bright and cheery. I actually almost made it a polar bear, but I am so glad I went with the brown. White would have gotten so beat up in her room, and a brown bear fits into the theme of “wild prairie” really well.
Have you checked out the rest of June’s Rustic New Room? You can find it HERE.
Which animal head tutorial do you want to see first? Tell me in the comments!
To see other stuffed animal tutorials that I’ve done, like this elephant and dino, check out my sewing section, HERE! I’m so happy to have a space for June to display them now.
That’s it for today. Hope you are all having a lovely week, and that this tutorial brings a smile to your face.
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