48 Bear Patterns to Crochet, Knit, or Sew

I’m continuing my series of roundups inspired by unusual celebrations with a collection of patterns for Teddy Bear Day! This roundup includes more than 48 free bear patterns to crochet, knit, and sew. You’ll find teddy bear crochet patterns, adorable bear knitting patterns, and fun bear sewing projects and fabric crafts in this collection. Enjoy!

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For 2021, I’ve returned to celebrating random holidays of the year through roundups. I recently learned about Teddy Bear Day, which is on September 9 every year. A brief history of teddy bears (according to various sources on the internet): during a hunting trip in 1902, then President of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, refused to shoot a bear tied to a tree, deeming it unsportsmanlike. Shortly thereafter, “Teddy’s bears” began appearing in the US and Europe, apparently designed simultaneously by several businesses, inspired by political cartoons of the day. Besides scrolling through teddy bear crochet patterns for inspiration, you can also celebrate this day by knitting a bear, sewing a bear, or by participating in a charitable event. Several organizations coordinate teddy bear collections for children in need during Teddy Bear Day, so check your local news for details.

Inside this roundup, you’ll find 48+ free patterns to crochet, knit, or sew, including patterns to make bears, bear-inspired clothing and accessories and home decor, and even clothing and accessories for toy bears.

48+ Bear Patterns to Crochet, Knit, or Sew

33 Crochet Patterns

These 33 free crochet bear patterns include wearables for kids and adults, projects for the home such as coasters, blankets, and pillows, adorable amigurumi and softies, and loveys for babies and children. 

Accessories and Garments 

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  • Bear Hat by Repeat Crafter Me: This cute bear beanie pattern is available in 7 sizes from newborn through adult and includes directions for earflaps and snout and ideas for multiple eye options.
  • Chunky Bear Beanie by ChristaCoDesign: This beanie is available in 10 sizes from newborn through adult and works up quickly with a super bulky yarn.
  • Teddy Bear Sweater by By Katerina: This pattern makes a toddler-sized pullover.
  • Teddy Bear Headband by Hopeful Honey: This pattern includes tips for customizing the size to fit babies through adults.

Home Decor

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  • Teddy Bear Planter by Thoresby Cottage: This planter cozy can also be used as a basket.
  • Baby Bear Blanket by Crochet Dreamz: This blanket is crocheted in super bulky yarn and embellished with an adorable bear applique.

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  • Theodore Bear Pillow Pal by Underground Crafter: This friendly bear is stuffed with a round pillow.
  • Party Bear Coasters by Raffamusa Designs: These festive bear coasters include birthday hats and make great decorations and favors for parties for kids.

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  • Blue Baboo Bear Lovey by Crochet 365 Knit Too: This cude little bear adjoins a ripple lovey blanket.
  • Teddy Bear Lovey by Meladora’s Creations: This teddy bear adorned lovey pattern includes video tutorials and also instructions for making the blanket in four additional sizes from twin through king.


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Clockwise from top left corner:

  • Byron Bear by Nicole Chase: This adorable amigurumi bear is crocheted from the legs up and is low-sew.
  • Gift Pocket Bear by Underground Crafter: This bear includes a granny square pocket which can hold a gift card or other small finds.
  • Long-Legged Bear by 5 Little Monsters: This cute bear is part of a series of free patterns including the Long-Legged Cat, the Long-Legged Bunny, and clothing and accessories for all three animals.
  • Bearrison Bear by The Loopy Lamb: This teddy-styled bear is crocheted with faux fur yarn and includes tips for working with these yarns.
  • Polar Bear Pal by Underground Crafter: This boxy Arctic bear can easily transform into a teddy by using brown yarn.
  • Ballerina Bear by The Friendly Red Fox: This huggable bear pattern includes instructions for making a tutu, flowers, and slippers.
  • Peppermint the Polar Bear by Crystalized Designs: This huggable polar bear is crocheted with faux fur yarn and is accessorized with a striped scarf.
  • Briggs the Bear by Yarn Society: This kawaii amigurumi pattern for a bear is adorned with a bandana.
  • Amigurumi Polar Bear by Underground Crafter: This hand-held softie can be converted into an ornament.
  • Baby Bear of Furry Tales by Lilla Bjorn Crochet: This adorable, squishy bear pattern includes short videos and photos to assist with assembly.
  • Pocket Bear by Spin a Yarn Crochet: This ragdoll style softie is one in a series of pocket animals.
  • Olivia Bear by The Stitchin’ Mommy: This pretty ballerina bear is decorated with a tulle skirt.
  • Amigurumi Bear via Lion Brand: This small ragdoll-style pattern makes a hand-held softie.
  • Basic Teddy Bear by Val Pierce: This pattern for a classic teddy bear is crocheted in thread.
  • Baby and Me Bears by Left in Knots: These two ragdoll-style bears make a great baby gift with a matching friend for older siblings.
  • Classic Teddy Bear by Jen Hayes Creations: This cuddly bear pattern also includes instructions for a bow tie.

9 Knitting Patterns

These 9 free bear knitting patterns include softies and toy accessories, a lovey, and winter warmers for toddlers.

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7 Sewing Patterns and Fabric Crafts

These 7 free bear projects include machine and hand-sewing patterns and no-sew projects made with fabric.

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  • Bear by How Joyful via AllFreeSewing: This beyond-beginner sewing project makes a multi-color bear.
  • Warren the Charity Bear by Shiny Happy World via AllFreeSewing: This easy sewing project can be made by kids and adults.
  • Plush Polar Bear by Fluffmonger via AllFreeSewing: This pattern includes instructions for a tiny or large bear with crocheted cowls.

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  • Neighborhood Bear by Crafty Staci via FaveCrafts: This simple sewn softie is perfect for putting in the window for a neighborhood “bear hunt” game.

Still looking for more handmade bear idea inspiration? Check out these roundups for even more patterns for bears!

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