How to Make Build a Bear Clothes

    by Amma Marfo

    About the Author

    Amma Marfo is a higher education professional and writer. Presently, she shares her writing expertise in the Office of Student Activities and Multicultural Programs at Emmanuel College in Boston.


    A child who gets to choose their own Build-A-Bear stuffed animal can start a magical connection. By picking out and helping create the bear's wardrobe, the animal comes to life. While there are a lot of clothing options to choose from in the bear store, you can make Build-A-Bear clothes yourself for much less money using fabrics of your own choice. You can create and sew your own bear clothing pattern with very little trouble.

    Things You'll Need

    • Build-A-Bear
    • Craft paper
    • Fabric
    • Fabric pencil
    • Scissors
    • Straight pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Needle and thread

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    Lay the Build-A-Bear on its back over a sheet of craft paper. Starting at the shoulder, trace around each arm, up the armpit, and down to the waist with a pencil. Roll the bear slightly to accommodate the bear size.

    Remove the bear and draw a slight scoop on the paper to create the neckline and arm holes. Draw a line across the waist area to form the bottom of the shirt pattern.

    Cut out the pattern along your pencil lines. Place the pattern over a piece of fabric and cut out the fabric around the pattern, 1/4-inch past the pencil line for a seam allowance. Cut out a second piece of the same fabric using the same method.

    Stack the two fabric pieces with the right sides facing each other and pin along the edges with straight pins. Sew a 1/4-inch seam along the edges of the pattern with a sewing machine or needle and thread, leaving the neck, waist, and arm holes open.

    Fold each of the open edges over 1/4-inch to the wrong side of the fabric to create hems and pin in place. Sew the hems with a needle and thread. Turn the shirt right side out and put it on the bear.

    Create pants or a dress for each animal following the same process to make a pattern and cutting out two pieces of fabric for each pattern. Sew the side seams and hem the open edges.

    • Add ribbons, embroidery, buttons, embellishments, and iron-on patches to your Build-A-Bear clothes to personalize them.