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Book Name: Make Your Own Teddy Bears

Author: Doris King

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN #: 0-486-24942-5

Cover: Paperback

# Of Pages: 64

Illustrations: Color, B& W

Experience: Intermediate

Book Review

Make Your Own Bears is a timeless classic because no matter how many generations grow older and have children of their own, teddy bears are always a popular and treasured toy/friend. Dressing teddy bears in unique outfits is especially popular these days with the invention of the Build-A-Bear Workshops. The bears in this book can be made special and dressed with love for a treasured child to care for. There are only two types of actual bear patterns in this book (the jointed and unjointed bears) but this is made up for with the variety of costumes they can be dressed in. The type of fur and eyes used can also give each bear distinguishing characteristics.

At the beginning of Make Your Own Bears there is a section on materials used in the creation of the bears in this book. The materials include the types of fur and stuffing that could be used and the properties of each when it comes to the assembling and the final product. It is essential to read this information closely because it could make or break your teddy bear making experience and affect your final product. If you pay close attention to the clear written and illustrated (with drawn diagrams) instructions including matching up the proper pieces of fur after cutting out the patterns, transferring them to the material and cutting out the fur pieces your bear should come together nicely. The same attention to details is required when making the clothing to ensure success with your teddy bear’s outfits.

What I really like about Make Your Own Bears is how it makes you reminisce your own childhood and the bear you treasured. It may have been homemade or store bought but the memories are just as special either way. The photos of bears in this book are inspiring in black and white or color because you can see the possibilities of creating something loveable. I like the suggestions given by the author as to the varying materials that can be used and with the wide variety of fur fabrics and colors available the possibilities are almost endless. The personality of a bear can be tailored to the child for whom it is intended including using their favorite color for the fur.


  • Jointed Bear
  • Unjointed Bear
  • Reversible Bonnet and Stole (outfit)
  • Pinafore (outfit)
  • Apron and Chef’s Cap (outfit)

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