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Project

Tooth Bear with Cindy

These little hand-stitched felt bears have an important duty: safely guarding teeth awaiting pickup by the Tooth Fairy. As Martha Stewart Living television stylist Cindy Treen demonstrates, you'll need to know several basic embroidery stitches for this project: the backstitch, satin stitch, French knot, and whipstitch.

Materials

  • Tooth Bear template
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Straight pins
  • Embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Chopstick or bone folder

Steps

  1. Step 1

     Print and cut out template. Pin to felt, and cut out one bear half; repin to a new piece of felt, and cut out second half. 

  2. Step 2

    Make the bear's face: Embroider two French knots for the eyes, then make a nose with a satin stitch. Extend the nose one stitch down on each side to create the mouth.

  3. Step 3

    Cut the pocket shape from the bear template, pin to a piece of felt, and cut out. Embroider a name and tooth image on the pocket, using a simple double-thread backstitch (this will make the details stand out). Attach the pocket to the bear's front, using a single-thread whipstitch.

  4. Step 4

    Starting at the top of one ear, stitch the front and back pieces of your bear together with a whipstitch; stop at the top of the other ear to create a space at the top of the head for stuffing.

  5. Step 5

    Stuff the bear with polyester fiberfill, packing the stuffing tightly so that the body is firm. Use a chopstick or bone folder to push stuffing into the legs and arms.

  6. Step 6

    Whipstitch the top of the bear's head closed.

  7. Step 7

     Embroider claws onto the ends of each arm and leg with a 1/4-inch whipstitch. 

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

Reviews (8)

  • 17 Jul, 2014

    I have hardly any experience with sewing but these were über easy to make! I just had to Google/YouTube how to make the specific stitches and knots that were mentioned (yes, I have THAT little experience) and once I did, it was easy as can be.
    I never know what to make for new borns... This will be my go-to from now on!!
    So cute!

  • 17 Jul, 2014

    I have hardly any experience with sewing but these were über easy to make! I just had to Google/YouTube how to make the specific stitches and knots that were mentioned (yes, I have THAT little experience) and once I did, it was easy as can be.
    I never know what to make for new borns... This will be my go-to from now on!!
    So cute!

  • 11 Nov, 2011

    I made this bear for my son and he loves it. It was a quick project that was easy to complete without a lot of supplies or techniques to learn. Adorable!

  • 1 Apr, 2009

    this is so cute!

  • 13 Dec, 2008

    SO cute! I'm thinking of leaving out the little pocket and just making an animal, and slightly altering he face to turn it into a kitten. I'll also add a tail. What a perfect little gift to give!

  • 22 Apr, 2008

    these make great baby shower gifts, i like to give things that the new mom can look forward to using after the baby is a big girl or boy

  • 21 Jan, 2008

    Way too cute, and I had no problem with the template.

  • 6 Dec, 2007

    The tooth bear template will not display or print.