Today I finished up a custom teddy bear I’ve been working on for a repeat customer in the United Kingdom. After searching for a bear with a specific look with no luck, she brought her ideas to me with the hopes that I could bring them to life.
She wanted an asymmetrical bear with a pale caramel-colored body and a dark caramel-colored snout and paws. I went through three prototypes before getting the bear fat enough and with just the right amount of wonkiness to its features.
I dyed hemp/organic cotton jersey for the sweater and organic cotton sherpa for the body.
Sewing on the nose.
I like his wonky ears and slightly lopsided eyes, but his crooked mouth is my favorite part.
His sweater has little pockets for his tiny paws.
The sherpa fabric stretched more than I had anticipated, so the final bear ended up being quite a bit fatter than the prototype. Here he is with his hang tag. The back of the tag has a personalized story for the bear written by the customer.
I had a lot of fun making this custom teddy bear. He’ll be heading off to his new home later this week!