I recently shared inside the #150hoursoutside Facebook Group about this little Pocket Bear that I made for my sons for Christmas to take on their adventures throughout the year, and the feedback was immediate: YES, WE WANT THEM! I believe these adorable little bears will become our “official” #150hoursoutside mascots, and I cannot WAIT to start seeing these little creatures pop up in photos all around the world!

I’ve put together a little downloadable pattern PDF and a tutorial here for those of you who want to make these on your own. These are probably too tricky for your younger children to do on their own, but older children/experienced stitchers would probably be able to participate. Bonus: take your materials OUTSIDE and do some sewing in nature!

Now, if you’re just not a crafty kinda person, don’t feel like making your own, or just don’t have the time, I’ve recruited my wonderfully talented mother to be the official #150hoursoutside Pocket Bear maker! 🙂 If you’d like to purchase one and have it sent right to you, personalized and everything, CLICK HERE to head over to her Etsy shop and order one (or a few).

Ok, so here is a tutorial for you:

First, DOWNLOAD THE PDF PATTERN. It’s not the most professional looking, but it should do! 🙂

Note: this is not going to be a stitching tutorial. I used pretty basic stitches, but if you need directions for doing those, there are tons of great YouTube tutorials – just search the stitch name!

Here are the materials you’ll need to make your own Pocket Bear:

  • Felt in grey, ivory, and black (or, of course, feel free to adjust colors as you wish)
  • Embroidery floss in matching grey, light grey/white for eyes, black, green, red, and yellow
  • Small amount of stuffing
  • Scissors, needle, etc.

Directions:

  1. Cut out your felt pieces – 2 bears, 1 muzzle, 1 nose
  2. Stitch your muzzle onto one of the bear pieces with black floss using a plain straight stitch.
  3. Stitch the nose onto the muzzle with black floss.
  4. Make the eyes by sewing two french knots above the muzzle.
  5. Stitch the flowers onto the bear’s body (leaving enough room by the edge to stitch the two bear pieces together at the end). Use a straight stitch with green thread for the stems and a loop stitch for the base. Use red thread to make french knot flowers.
  6. Stitch your child’s initial in yellow next to the flower’s on the bear’s body.
  7. Place the two bear pieces together and sew a blanket stitch in grey thread around the edge. Start under an arm to be able to stuff the bear at the end. Stitch all the way around, leaving a 1″ gap to add stuffing.
  8. Stuff your bear slightly – you don’t want him to be bursting because he needs to fit in a pocket, but just enough to make him cuddly and 3D. Use a pencil or chopstick to push the stuffing into the limbs gently.
  9. Complete the blanket stitch to close up the gap.
  10. All finished! Time to take your Pocket Bear on its first adventure!!

I cannot WAIT to see your finished bears on all of their around the world adventures! Make sure you’ve joined the #150hoursoutside Project to encourage your family (and your Pocket Bear!) to spend more time outside in 2019!

Charlie’s Pocket Bear has already been out adventuring this year! Check it out…..

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