Is it too late to share another Christmas ornament? Probably so, but I couldn’t let the season pass without this one. I mean, just look at that face!
I actually made this guy back in July. Not a time of year when I’m typically making holiday decor, but after Oregon was selected to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree this year, one of our guild members put out a call for ornaments.
We’re actually talking about 76 trees, so the number of handmade baubles needed to cover them is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000. I figured I could make one of those. It seemed pretty likely that my fellow Oregonians would provide the other 9,999.
Some of the trees are indoors, but some are outside, which means the ornaments needed to be large and able to stand up to the weather. I knew I wanted to make mine from fabric, but I also figured there was a way to make it water resistant. I’m not there to verify, but I feel pretty good about my bear’s chances.
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To make this bear, you’ll need:
dark brown fabric
cut four large ears
cut fourteen 2” squares
cut nine 2 3/8” squares (cut those in half diagonally for triangles)
cut 2 x 12” for hanging loop
cut back of bear head (after piecing front)
light brown fabric
cut two inside ears
four 2” squares
two 2 3/8” squares (cut in half diagonally)
cut one 2” square
cut one 2 3/8” square (cut in half diagonally)
I didn’t take photos as I was making this, but it’s pretty self-explanatory. Sew the squares and triangles as shown, sewing the squares into rows first, then the rows together.
After all the seams are pressed, use the face as a pattern to cut the back of the head.
Using the face as a pattern cut 2 pieces of fusible fleece. Apply one to the wrong side of the face and the other to the wrong side of the back of the head.
Apply fusible web to the back of the inner ears and fuse those onto two of the ears.
Apply fusible web to the back of the red and green fabric and free-hand cut a piece of holly and berry. Fuse that to the face.
Cut fusible vinyl to fit the face, back of the head, ears, and the strip for the hanging loop. Apply as the package directs.
Sew one ear with an inner piece to one without, right sides together, leaving the straight edge open. Turn right side out. Do the same with the second set.
Fold the handing strip in half, wrong sides together and press. Fold the two edges to the center inside the first fold and press. Stitch close to the double folded edge.
Lay out the face, right side up. Using the pattern as a guide, put the ears on top, with the rounding part to the inside and the edges even with the sides of the head. Clip, rather than using pins, so you aren’t poking extra holes in the vinyl.
Place the two ends of the hanging loop at the top of the head, with the loop to the inside. Clip.
Lay the back of the head face down over the whole thing. Sew around with a 1/4” seam, leaving 3” open on one of the lower straight sides.
Turn right side out. Press carefully. Stitch around, close to the edge.
With the holes from the stitching, this won’t be waterproof, but I think they’re small enough it will survive this one season. I wish I could go see him on his tree!
As a side note, check out what went into making one of the GIANT tree skirts!