The first teddy was made with yellowish brown mohair. It was to represent the black bear that Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt hunted for on a hunting trip with Governor Andrew H. Longino in Mississippi.
Teddy bears became a popular children’s toy. Today they are made in many different materials such as synthetic fur, cotton, and other fabrics. They also represent other bears such as the polar and panda bear.
Early bears had beady eyes and extended snouts. Bears today have larger eyes and smaller snouts.
There are several children stories about stuffed toy bears such as Winnie the Pooh and Corduroy.
For this project you will need;
(Teddy bears sometimes made kids feel safer at night. Sometimes law enforcement officers carry teddy bears so that kids will not be afraid of them.)
Next make a circle out of light brown felt for the head. For the ears I cut small circles out of dark brown felt. Glue the ears to the top of the light brown head.
Cut two almond shapes for the eyes out of dark brown felt, or you could use wiggly eyes. Cut a triangle nose out of black or dark brown. Glue the eyes and nose to the face.
For the paws I cut four small circles out of light brown felt. Glue the paws and head on the yarn body.
(Even though we used lighter colored felt for the paws antique bears have matching paws.)
You could even make a water bottle bear to look like your favorite character. The care bears are bright colors such as blue and pink. Or you could use yellow or gold yarn and make Winnie the Pooh.