Winnie the Pooh…. Kinda

Every time I take my son to the fabric store with me, he always wants to get a fat quarter, or as he calls them, ‘little pieces of fabric.’ When I tell him we’re going to the fabric store, he always asks if it’s the one with the little pieces of fabric. Usually he gets one! I try to say no, but I feel like I am hindering his creativity, so I usually end up getting him one. So what does all this have to do with Winnie the Pooh, you ask…

The last piece of fabric, a brown polka-dotted piece that he got, he decided to he wanted to make a Winnie the Pooh doll with it. I agreed and tried to find pattern for a Winnie the Pooh doll, but found that they aren’t easy to find. As in, I couldn’t find one…. And I am usually pretty good at finding patterns online…. I decided to use this bear pattern from Cut Out + Keep. I didn’t realize when we started that it’s actually for a jointed bear. I didn’t make him all jointed, but it was the most hand sewing I’ve ever done for a little stuffed animal!

I did convince him to make the body out of yellow fabric, like Winnie the Pooh. And that’s about as close to Winnie the Pooh as we got! No red shirt, we had to use his new piece of fabric for the shirt. The kiddo really wanted to use buttons for his eyes and nose. I tried to convince him that we should use something smaller, but he wasn’t into it. I also tried to get him to wait until the next morning to add the mouth and eyebrows so we could get some embroidery thread. But no. We had to finish his face before bed.

The kiddo actually really helped me make Winnie! He was making all the detail decisions, picking out the right buttons, getting the pins and thread I needed, and stuffing. I love the very last picture, If you’re waiting on a stuffie to be made, you can always use the legs for a phone call… When we got to the hand stitching, I did kinda loose him to a computer game, but I was totally impressed with how long making this stuffie kept the 3 year olds attention!

I colored his shirt red to see if that helped him look any more like Winnie the Pooh… Kinda, but not really…

I think he looks more like a mouse than Winnie the Pooh, but the beauty is, I made him with my 3 year old son and he loves him and keeps telling everyone that he’s Winnie the Pooh! We have store bought versions of Eeyore and Tigger, but now the kiddo wants to make Piglet, Kanga and Roo. If you have any ideas where to find a pattern for these guys, please let me know!


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  1. Jennifer Worrell says:

    What a CUTE project! Such a worthwhile way to spend a day–your boy will always remember this!

  2. I can not even tell you how totally impressed I am. I dream of being able to sew. But that is it so far just dreams. In fact I was just thinking of making naked puppets for my kids to dress up. But would not even know where to begin. You on the other hand are a genius!

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