Soft fabrics are a favorite among my girls, especially Missy S! She loves to cuddle up at night with a buddy by her side. So, I was very excited when Shannon Fabrics invited me to create a project with them. Their Cuddle™ fabric is super soft and comes in luscious colors! Yummo!
Cuddle Buddy Bear
This project is for sewers all levels.
Skill Level- 1 Button
- Cuddle™ Fabric from Shannon Fabrics: Cuddle 3 from the Kozy Cuddle Solids™ Collection in Honey and Turquoise.
- Wild by Ann Kelle from Remix Flannel from Robert Kaufman
- Embroidery floss
- Double sided fusible
- Poly fil
- Sewing Machine
- Needle and Thread
- From flannel; cut 2 bodies, 2 ears & 1 nose. From Cuddle™ color A; cut two ears & 1 face. Cuddle™ color B; cut eyes, heart and 4 strips 6″ long x 2 1/2″ wide. These strips will be the arms and legs.
- Trace appliqué details onto paper side of fusible. Following the manufactures instructions, fuse to the wrong side of fabric. Peel off paper backing, position in place on body of bear and fuse in place. If desired, add a quick row of stitching all around for additional security. Click here for more information on appliqué.
- Hand embroider mouth detail and attach snap eyes.
- Match the ears, wrong sides together and stitch all around; clip; turn ears out and lightly press. Be sure to smooth out the curve of ears with a dull object if needed.
- To create arms and legs; fold your Cuddle™ strips in half and tie a knot close to the end.
- To join pieces; pin the ears at the top, arms at the side marking and legs 1/2″ in from corners along bottom edge. Be sure that all parts are on the body and not extending past. Sandwich right sides together with the back side of body. Pin everything in place. *I reduced the arm length 1″ on my cuddle buddy bear.
- Bring to your machine; starting at the bottom edge, straight stitch all around to the other side. Be sure to leave around 2″ open along the bottom edge.
- Turn the bear right side out and lightly press.
- Stuff Cuddle Buddy Bear with poly fill.
- Pin opening together and slip stitch closed with needle and thread or machine stitch with matching thread.
And if your nervous about sewing with Cuddle™ we have you covered. Check out our top 10 Tips for sewing with Cuddle post.
Now, if your like me and need a few extra hours to wrap gifts and such, your little ones might be heading out to Grandma’s for an overnighter or to a friends. This Cuddle Buddy Bear fits perfect into the pocket pillowcase project. Head on over to Shannon Fabrics for full pillow case pattern and instructions.
You can have this PillowCase and Cuddle Buddy stitched up in a flash. With the holidays around the corner it’s the perfect time to visit Grandma’s for an overnighter. (I’m thinking kid free holiday shopping!)
Now, how about a giveaway! Shannon Fabrics & Robert Kaufman have put together a fabric bundle for one lucky winner to create their own Pillow Case Project & Cuddle Buddy Bear. Just leave me a quick comment with a fun way to celebrate the holidays.
Special “Thank you” to Robert Kaufman and Shannon Fabrics for suppling the fabric for today’s Cuddle Buddy Bear project.
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