Teddy Bear Jacket Pattern -Comfort Dressing Made Easy

teddy bear jacket pattern

This is the trendy teddy bear jacket pattern.  I thought it would be great to end the year with fashionable comfort wear which is perfect for cold weather and fun family nights.  

2018 has been a year of a great many changes in our life as a family.  We have started a couple of new projects both on and off the site, moved from an apartment to a house, moved continents and climbed the highest mountain in Africa.

We just finished a bitterly cold winter and yet there was no snow on the ground.  The house we live in is not prepared for temperatures below 50 degrees (10 C), in fact, many days it was colder in the house than it was outside.  Winter in the southern hemisphere usually does not last as long as the north and there is often no snow in the ground (at least in this latitude) hence the houses are not built for long, cold winters.  Dressing in layers indoors becomes a must both to keep warm and also to save some money in heating a large house.

I wrote about how we climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania but I have not shared with you the clothes that I wore during that trip.  Every piece of clothing I  carried needed to be thought out carefully.  I was able to make a couple of lightweight yet warm clothing items with this teddy bear jacket pattern that I took on the climb.  I wore this jacket for sleeping and early in the morning at breakfast before the climb.  It became my third layer and I don't know if I would have survived without it.

The jacket has two pockets included with the pattern (although I did not add them to mine).  The pockets are large enough for a big phone.  This jacket has snaps on the front but you can add buttons to it if you want. 

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There is an added hood to keep the head protected from the wind.

teddy bear jacket pattern

It has a high low hem in case you want to hide your behind or wear the jacket with winter leggings.

teddy bear jacket pattern

This project is for confident beginners who are familiar with basic garment construction such as facing, snap direction and sewing techniques like topstitching. 

Materials

  • 1 3/4 yards of teddy bear fabric fabric or any selflined pile fabric
  • 8 metal snaps
  • 2 grommets
  • thread to match
  • 1 yard of cord for the hood

Tools

  • Kam tool
  • Jersey needle or universal needle size 80
  • Overlocker ideal but not essential

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How To Download And Print Your Teddy Bear Jacket Pattern

Please use the latest version of Adobe Reader. It is free and the only program you will need to print this pattern. Use Landscape mode and Actual Size.  Do not scale the pattern. Notice there are two blank pages at the right lower hand corner to keep the pattern square.  These pages will come out blank.

Pattern Layout

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You can download the pattern for this Teddy Bear Jacket from our account at Craftsy.

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How To Sew Your Teddy Bear Jacket

The first thing you need to do is to retrace the front facing. You will need this piece when it is time to attach the snaps.  Cut a bias strip of 1 3/8″ X the size of the opening of the hood.  These measurements will depend on the size you have chosen.  The sleeve's ribbing is also not included and you will need to cut that according to your size.

We will start sewing the sleeves to the back and the front pieces, attaching the hood and the sleeves.  Finally, we will hem, attaching the snaps and sewing the ribbing to the sleeves.  We will not be attaching the pockets in this tutorial, I will cover that in a separate tutorial.  I will be teaching you a new kind of pocket making there. 

Sewing The Front To The Back

Attach both front pieces to the back.  Use the overlocker stitch of your sewing machine if you have one otherwise a large 3 step zigzag will also work.

Sewing The Dart In The Sleeve

If you have been following this blog for a while you will notice that I often use a dart on this type of sleeve.  This sleeve is known as a raglan sleeve. Most of the time it is drafted in two pieces with a seam at the top of the arm. To avoid having to sew two pieces together that can be confusing to a beginner sewer, I draft the pattern with a dart on the top of the sleeve at the shoulder. 

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Sewing the dart

Sew the dart, tapering it by extending the seam around 3/8″ to 1/2″ longer than the pattern.  This is to avoid a bubble forming at the shoulder.

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Fold the sleeve and sew at 3/8″(1cm)

Sewing The Sleeve To The Back And The Front Of The Jacket

You will notice when you open your sleeve after sewing the dart that one side is higher than the other at the top of the sleeve.  The higher side will correspond to back side of your teddy bear jacket pattern while the lower side will be the front. 

Sew the higher side to the back of your teddy jacket at the seam allowance that you have chosen, in my case it is at 3/8″ or 1cm.  

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Attach the front side of the jacket to the other side of the sleeves. 

Attaching The Hood 

Place the hood sides together and sew at your chosen seam allowance.  Finish the seam using your overlocker with a zigzag stitch or turning the seam allowance to the side and top stitching which is what I have done in mine.  The facing of the hood will have a raw edge resembling fur.  

Attach the grommet.  If you need help on how to attach a grommet refer to this tutorial.

The next step will be to trace the facing of the hood.  You can either trace this facing in two pieces or if you have enough fabric you can trace it in one piece.  I have traced and cut two pieces and sewn them together.  Zigzag or overlock the raw edge. 

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Sew the facing  around the opening of the hood.  This facing is 1 3/8″ wide and as long as the hood opening according to the size you have chosen.  

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Sew the facing at your chosen seam allowance, turn and sew the raw edge doan making a channel for the cord. 

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teddy bear jacket pattern

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Pin the center seam of the hood to the center of the back piece of the jacket. Sew.

Tracing And Sewing The Facing

Trace the facing using your pattern.

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Cut two facings and pin them right sides together to each front piece of the jacket.  Topstitch the facing so it lays flat when you turn it inside out. 

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I am using a seam ripper to help me make the seam allowance to lay flat.

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Clip the corners to make a 90 degree corner but do not cut too close to the seam.  Add the cotton tape to the seam allowance. 

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Notice that the cotton tape is pinned under the seam allowance, this is going to allow you to hide the raw seam allowance.  To avoid this step, all you have to do is to use your overlocker and finish the seam this way.  But the main purpose of sewing a tape is to help the jacket keep its shape and not over stretch at the shoulder seams. Your garment will last longer and look professionally made. 

Turn the facing right side out and turn the tape down to top stitch. 

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We are going to leave it here for now because we need to sew the sides of the jacket before we can proceed. 

Sewing The Sides Of The Jacket

Sew the sides of the jacket starting from the hem all the way to the wrist. Finish the seam by using a zigzag, or an overlocker

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Hemming The Jacket

Use your overlocker or zigzag to finish the hem, then turn the hem 1 3/8″.  I suggest using an invisible stitch at this point.  See the linked post if you need help with this.

Unfortunately, I didn't use an invisible stitch so I am showing you in my photos how it looks with a normal stitch. 

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Adding The cuffs To The Sleeves

You can purchase ribbing to add to the sleeves instead of making the cuffs if you have access to it.  I do not, so I have to make my own using the same fabric.  If your fabric has a minimal stretch like mine all you have to do is cut the cuff on a bias. The bias cut will give you enough stretch to allow your hand to go through it. 

In this step you will need to do a bit of pattern making.  Try the hood on and decide how much more length you want and need on your sleeves and multiply this measurement times two plus the seam allowance. 

Measure the width of the sleeve at the wrist level add seam allowance to that measurement.  Make sure you are working with the jacket wrong side out.  

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Fold the cuff right side out and insert it to the sleeve.  Sew and finish the edge.  In case you are wondering yes the seam allowance will be visible but you will fold the cuff up and the seam will not show anymore. 

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Wrong side out

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Right side out

Adding The Snap And Cord

On this last step you have the choice to either make button holes, sew in snaps or press snaps.  I am going for what I have in my stash which are press snaps.  If you need reminder on how to attach press snaps here is a tutorial to guide through the process. https://so-sew-easy.com/how-to-apply-snap-fasteners-quick-guide/

I have to say this jacket has been my absolute favorite for the cold months in the south, I practically lived in it for nearly 5 months! 

After using the jacket for so long I recommend using a button hole instead of a press snap.  I found that one of the press snap with time fell off.  The hole around the snap became looser and the snap fell leaving a large hole.  The problem is that the fabric is a pile fabric and there is no way to add an interfacing to it.  If you insist on adding a press snap my suggestion would be to use a no-fray liquid or fabric glue to the hole before you place the snap. 

Do you agree with this solution? Do you have any other suggestions?  Kindly leave them on the comments below.  In the meantime keep warm and happy sewing!

P.S. Do add the cord to the hood using a safety pin, a bodkin, or a small paper clip. 

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27 Responses to Teddy Bear Jacket Pattern -Comfort Dressing Made Easy

  1. Mika says:

    Hi Mayra!

    This jacket looks so adorable and I really want to make it but I’m getting a little lost at the facing for the front part of the jacket. Do you have more detailed photos or a tutorial on how to do this kind of facing?

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  3. Beverly Morrison says:

    Hi Mayra,
    I’m looking forward to making this warm & cozy jacket. Thank you so much for the pattern! I just have a couple of questions.
    1) Is there a sizing chart for your patterns somewhere on your website? (i.e. Body measurements to pattern size)
    2) Would the quantity of fabric vary depending on the size chosen?
    Thanks!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Beverly, This is a loose fitted jacket, to be worn as a third layer,(thermal underwear, long sleeve top then the jacket), as such you need to leave at least 2″ for ease. Sizing will depend on what you wear on a ready to wear garment, if you are a medium print a medium however if you are large or above I suggest you print two sizes to compare with your body measurements. We all put on weight differently if you put on weight around your arms you need to make the appropriate adjustments. Sizing in all So-Sew-Easy pattern are based on a balanced and proportionate hourglass figure, meaning there is a very defined waist, bust and hip ratio. I will publish the finished measurements so you can have an idea how loose this jacket is . Thanks for the reminder. Kind Regards,

  4. Linda G says:

    What a cozy-looking jacket.

    Not sure if this would help, especially if your fabric has a lot of stretch or if the pile is very thick, but you could interface the front facing with sew-in interfacing to give it more stability. The interfacing would be hidden under the facing once it was sewn down and the snaps would be inserted through all 3 layers. A small amount of additional interfacing could be fused to the sew-in interfacing at the snap positions for additional reinforcement. If the interfacing is stable enough, it should help to counteract the problems with the snaps wiggling free, since the interfacing, rather than the fashion fabric, will be supporting the snaps and the fabric will be less likely to stretch when the snaps are pulled apart.

    Buttonholes, too, will have a tendency to stretch out and become too loose without the addition of a sewn-in stabilizer to support them.

    A separating zipper is an easy substitute for snaps and easy to sew into the seam between the facing and the jacket front. Inserting a stabilizing twill tape into the seam first will make it easier to attach the zipper and help to control stretch. If a zipper closure is used, it may be helpful to change the width of the center front of the jacket, since the pattern allows for the overlap required for snaps or buttons. The zipper won’t need the overlap, so the jacket may seem too loose across the front if the overlap amount isn’t removed.

  5. Candace Blanton says:

    I want to make this and i think i will use a zipper. To avoid bulk, I plan on sewing it on flat into the zipper. With all the fur, the stitches will not show. Trying to work out a way so the cuffs will be less floppy. Not sure yet. Your jacket is beautiful.. and thanks.

  6. Bérangère says:

    Bonjour
    Merci pour le partage de cette jolie veste .
    J’ai traduis votre page avec google mais je n’ai rien lu qui indiqué que les coutures étaient comprises.
    Pourriez-vous me dire si c’est le cas ,merci .

  7. Annette Secoy says:

    Thank you for sharing! I hadn’t thought of this for the fabric I have a bundance of left over!

  8. Judy says:

    I have been looking for a pattern for my self-lined corduroy. The self lining is a short curly fur. Would this fabric work for this pattern? I would also use a zipper closure. Thank you for your free patterns. They are really great to work with.

  9. Addie says:

    This jacket is perfect. Only I don’t know what’s a Kay Tool is. Would you please explain. Thank you for the free pattern

  10. Claudia says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I’d like to suggest adding squares of non-pile, non-fraying woven fabric such as suede (or fake suede, that’s not a woven fabric, but you get the idea) along the center front where the snaps will be placed, like an applique, if you will. With topstitching, they function as design elements, but they also provide stability (like an interfacing) to the snaps.

  11. bcwestblog says:

    I love it! Could a person just line the hood?

  12. Aurora says:

    I very much appreciate the free patterns and tutorials; so generous with your time an talent. I do have a suggestion as I find I spend so much time searching your web page and Craftsy trying to find the size range for your patterns. On this one I finally found the sizes on the pattern itself after downloading it. This one goes to 3X but I’ve seen patterns where 3X is 40″ hip!

  13. bis4betsy2 says:

    Looks very comfy. Thank you for the free pattern. Early Christmas gift!

  14. Brenda Douglas says:

    Thanks so much, looks cozy. Now I will just have to go the fabric store. Ahhh darn lol.

  15. Lynn says:

    Thanks for the free pattern. When looking to purchase a teddy jacket, I found short oversized ones that were not to my liking. Your jacket is perfect! It is long with a fair amount of ease. I can’t wait to make one! Thanks again…

  16. Corey says:

    Thank you for this pattern, it looks like it will be very snuggly and warm. I live in South Carolna, we had 7″ of snow last year. Winters are gettng much colder!

  17. WheelyBad says:

    Hi Mayra

    What a wonderful jacket. Would make a lovely gift as well as a cosy layer for myself. Fluffy coats seem very fashionable at the moment. Wondering if it would work in a thick wool coating or a fleece? Thank you and a Merry Christmas!

  18. Lyn says:

    Why not add a zipper instead of snaps or button

  19. Yolande Bergeron says:

    2018/12/09
    Bonjour,
    Would it make a difference if the pattern for the hood, was placed on the folded material, this way it would not have a seam in the middle of it.?
    It is a very good project and Merci for the free pattern.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      No it is not possible since there is a curve there, you can try and avoid the curve but it make for a very pointy hood. If you don’t mind that look then yes you can do that.

  20. Chris says:

    Looks so cozy and your directions seem thorough.

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