In the Hoop Jointed Teddy Bear


Teddy’s are best when gifted with Love.

This vintage-style Teddy Bear with jointed arms, legs, and head can be posed in many charming ways.  It features minimal embroidery for that classic, hand-made look.  But your embroidery machine does all the hard work stitching the seams and markings for a simple, yet adorable project that will WOW anybody you gift it to.

    • Your machine stitches most of the seams with a bit of hand stitching needed at the end to close the seams openings and attach the muzzle.
    • Don’t worry – it’s easier than you think!  People won’t believe you created this darling Teddy Bear from scratch.
    • Complete Instructions with color photos are included.
    • Includes 3 sizes:
      • SMALL Bear for 4×4 hoops (100 x 100 mm) stands 7.5″ tall when completed (19 cm)
      • MEDIUM Bear for 5×7 hoops (130 x 180 mm) stands 11.5″ tall when completed (28 cm)
      • LARGE Bear for 6×10″ hoops  (150 x 240 mm) stands 13″ tall when completed (34 cm) and fits Viking and Bernina 6×10 hoops without resizing
    • All designs are digital downloads for embroidery machines.  Files will be available immediately after purchase on a download page.
    • Estimated time to complete: 2-4 hours depending on skill level
    • Estimated Skill Level: intermediate (rating based on multiple hoopings, doll joints, firm stuffing, and hand stitching.

    Be sure to check the tabs above for more info like Supplies, and Specs


Your downloaded .ZIP file will include multiple sizes and machine formats in case you upgrade your machine to a bigger hoop or different brand, you’ll still be able to use these designs! 

The .ZIP file contains these machine file formats:

VP3 Viking format



And comes in sizes for these hoops:

4 by 45 by 76 by 10



Number of Hoopings for this project:  5 (muzzle/ears, Head, Arms, Legs, Body)

Documents included in your download:

    • PDF instructions with color photos
    • License file (commercial use allowed, you can sell the dolls you make)
    • PDF design details for each design
    • Photo of finished project

Max purchase quantity = 1

Supplies Needed

Tools Needed:
• Embroidery machine (TIP – a size 14 needle may stitch better through multiple layers of thick fabrics)
• Sharp fabric scissors
• Hemostats or other turning tool for turning and stuffing the bear
• Long doll needle and strong thread for closing the seam openings and attaching the muzzle.

Materials Needed:
• Bear Fabrics: See note below about fabric choices.
—->  Small Bear: ¼ yard, or 3 sheets of craft felt
—->  Medium Bear: 1/4 yard
—->  Large Bear: 1/3 yard
• The bear requires 5 hoopings. And each hooping will need 2 layers of fabric the same size as the hoop. Note the pile direction, which is stitched onto the stabilizer OR can be seen in the Design-Details PDF in your download.
• Lightweight Cut-away or tear-away machine embroidery stabilizer for each hooping. See note in fabric choices below.
• Embroidery thread and bobbin to coordinate with your fabric
• Fiberfill stuffing
• Scrap of water or heat soluble stabilizer to use under the face detail stitches
• 5 sets of locking doll joints, or 4 buttons if button joints are preferred. (joint sizes: small bear works better with button joints. Medium bear uses 20-30mm joints. Large bear uses 30-40mm joints)

NOTE About fabric choices: This bear was tested using felt, fuzzy felt, fleece, and short pile faux furs. Use of other fabrics may affect how easily the doll stitches and turns right-side-out. Please keep your fabric choices in mind when making any ITH doll. If using fabrics that stretch – cut-away stabilizer is recommended in the hoop and also a 2nd layer over the top before stitching seams to prevent distortion when stuffing the doll. For fabrics that don’t stretch, tear-away can be used in the hoop (bottom) and removed after pieces are stitched and cut out. If making the small bear in 4×4” hoops, heavy fabrics are not recommended because the small parts will be hard to turn. Felt or fleece are better choices for the small sized bear.

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