Simply Sweet Critters - Teddy



A Lillie Mae’s Crafts original design by Brenda Greenwalt


Simply Sweet Critters - Teddy

Approximately 12 inches tall

Read through all directions before beginning.

For illustrations of the different steps and techniques as well as the stitches visit my "Stitch 'n' Stuff" page on my website at








 Material:  Unbleached muslin or tea-dyed muslin, brown material for dress, material for bloomers – may be made to match dress or from muslin.

Hair – Any fuzzy brown yarn

Embroidery Thread:  Brown, off white or natural

Paint – Black & antique white acrylic paint, Folkart Acrylic Paint – Country Red (cheeks)

5 inch doll needle

Poly-fil stuffing

Buttons – 3 brown 1/2 inch

Warm'n'Natural batting

Mechanical Pencil


Stencil brush - medium

Basic sewing materials

For Staining – instant coffee, vanilla extract, fragrance oil, sponge brush, paper towels and paper plates.  Optional for staining – old cookie sheet, glass jar with lid, wax paper


Suggested shopping for fragrance oils –

The Chemistry Store –

From Nature With Love –

Save on Scents –

Bramble Berry –

To Die for Soap –





1.     Print and cut out body patterns.

2.     On doubled unbleached muslin, pin body pieces and with a mechanical pencil lightly trace completely around body patterns.  Sew directly on traced lines; leave open where indicated. 

3.     Cut out about 1/4 inch away from sewn lines.  Clip curves and turn.

4.     Stuff head and body firmly and sew opening closed.

5.     Stuff arms to line as indicated on the pattern (approximately 1-1/2 inches from top of arm).  Create toes as below and then sew openings shut.

 6.     Stuff legs to stuffing line (approximately 1-1/2 inches from top of leg) firmly.  Machine stitch openings closed.

7.     Attach arms where indicated on pattern.

8.     The legs are not attached yet as they need to be painted, however, they do get stained so the next step is staining the body, arms, and legs.



Teddy was actually made with tea stained muslin, but if you wish to make your doll with regular unbleached muslin, here is the recipe and instructions for staining.

1.     Combine ¼ cup instant coffee, 2 cups hot water, 2 Tablespoons Vanilla extract and ¼ teaspoon fragrance oil (Some of my preferred scents are cinnamon bun, sugar cookies, and vanilla) in a glass jar with lid.  Shake for a few minutes until thoroughly mixed.  (See the supply list on back of pattern cover for some suggested places for purchasing fragrance oils.)  If the scent is not strong enough for your preference, add another 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil and continue this until the scent is to your liking.  However, I would suggest only adding 1/8 teaspoon of fragrance oil each time because if you add too much and the scent is too strong for you, you will have to start over.

2.     Staining is always a very sloppy job; I have tried several methods and this is the easiest I have discovered.  Some like to put the staining mixture in a spray bottle and spray the doll.  However, I always found that my spray bottles clogged up easily so now I use a sponge brush.  Begin by lining an old cookie sheet (you will not want to use a good one) with old rags and lay your doll here. 

3.     With your sponge brush dip into your stain and thoroughly coat the doll on all sides with the stain mixture.  Check the doll thoroughly to make sure you have covered all the seams, etc. 

Oven drying – Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.  Check often as this can catch on fire.  If you have to bake longer, only bake at 5 minute increments and always KEEP checking the oven.  Tip:  DO NOT turn your doll over while in the oven…unless you want big black splotches (of course some prim crafters might want these).  I know this from experience.



1.     Eyes:  Print and cut out the eyes.  Position these on the face where you want them and pin them to the face with straight pins.  Very lightly trace around these with a mechanical pencil.  With a very small brush and using your black acrylic paint, outline eyes first and then fill in.  Once that has dried, using your medium point white paint pen, place the dots in the eyes where indicated in the picture.  Tip – you can also use the end of a small paintbrush...dip the end lightly in your off white paint and place dots in eyes.

2.     Nose, Mouth & Eyebrows:  Follow instructions given in "Facial Features" in pattern section.  Thread your 3-inch doll needle with 1 strand of your brown embroidery thread.  Going in at the very top of her head (this will be covered up with her hair) embroider the mouth and lines going from the nose to the mouth.  Then, using a simple satin stitch, embroider the nose and finally backstitch the eyebrows and go back up through the top of the head and tie off thread.

3.     Cheeks:  Dip some country red paint onto paper plate.  Dip your stencil brush lightly into the paint and pounce off most of it onto the paper towels.  Unless you want her cheeks very bright, be sure to pounce off MOST of the paint.  If her cheeks are not colorful enough for you, you can always add more…but begin by applying only a small amount.  With your stencil brush and checking picture on pattern for placement of cheeks, in a circling motion, paint on cheeks.

4.     Ears:  Repeat instructions given for cheeks.  Very light, in center of ears, using a circling motion, paint on pink for inside of ears.


1.     Attach a loop of thread to top of the leg (this is for hanging to dry).

2.     Paint feet black up to mark on pattern.

3.     Hang to dry.  I usually use a wire hanger to hang mine to dry; simply bend up both ends and hang your doll's legs on these.  Be sure to hang where possible drippings from the paint won't cause damage.  I usually hang mine in my garage.


1.     Cut 20 pieces of yarn 3 inches long.

2.     Gathering all 20 pieces together, tie this bundle of hair together in the very center with matching thread. 

3.     Position this in the center of the head and sew on with matching thread.

4.     Carefully pull apart and separate each strand of yarn.


Finish Legs:

1.     When the shoes are dry, sand lightly.  Be careful you don’t sand to hard or you may end up with holes.

2.     Sew to body where indicated on pattern.


1.     Print and cut out the bodice and skirt patterns.

2.     Bodice - On double layer material, right sides together, pin bodice pattern being sure to place on fold where indicated and cut out 2. 

3.     Skirt - On doubled layer material, right sides together, pin skirt pattern, being sure to place pattern on fold where indicated and cut 2.

4.     Doing front and back separately, take one piece of the cut out skirts and sew a gathering or a running stitch about 1/4" away from one long edge.

5.     Gather that part of the skirt and with right sides together match it to the bottom of the bodice. Pin & sew right above the gathering stitch.

6.     Do the same for the other side of the bodice.

7.     With right sides together, match up the front and back dress pieces and, using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew together.

8.     Turn hem under 1/4 inch and hem.

9.     Turn bottom of sleeves up about 1/4 inch and hand sew.

10.     Position button where you want it and sew on leaving threads in front hanging down.

11.     Slip dress on over doll’s head.  Turn neckline under and, staring in back, hand sew a gathering stitch completely around neck, pull to gather, and tack down.

12.    Turn sleeves under and hand sew a simple running stitch completely around.


1.     Print out bib pattern.

2.     On single layer of Warm 'n' Natural batting, cut out 1 bib being sure to cut up the center back line and cut out center for head.

3.     With brown embroidery thread, hand sew a running stitch completely around the bib.   Sew 2 matching red buttons to front bottom sides of bib.  With jute, wrap it around your first 3 fingers 4 times, slip off and tie in center with a piece of brown embroidery thread.  Sew your brown button in center and either sew or glue this to front center of bib.  Sew 2 matching brown buttons to front bottom sides of bib.

4.    Slip bib around neck and loosely (so as not to pucker) sew both sides of bib together in back.



1.               Print and cut out pantaloon pattern.

2.               On doubled unbleached muslin, trace pattern with mechanical pencil.

3.               Sew on traced lines, outside as well as inside seams.  Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines.  Clip curves and turn.

4.               Turn waistline down 1/4 inch and hem.

5.               Trim bottom of legs with pinking shears to length desired.

6.               One inch up from bottom of each leg, with matching embroidery thread, run a gather stitch around.  Pull to gather.

7.               Run a gathering stitch around waistline and pull to gather.


Hair Bow:

1.     Print and cut out the hair bow pattern.

2.     On doubled material, right sides together, pin bow pattern and trace with mechanical pencil.

3.     Sew on traced lines all the way around – do not leave an opening.  Cut out about 1/4 inch from sewn lines.

4.     In very center of one side, cut a small opening (this will be the bottom of the bow, towards her head) and turn.

5.     Hand sew opening closed.  Press.

6.     On back side, hand sew a gather stitch up the bow and pull to gather.

7.     Cut a small strip of material and wrap around the gathering, tie in back.

8.     Sew or glue to back of head.


You're done with Simply Sweet Critters - Teddy.  I hope you enjoyed making it as much as I enjoyed designing it.  If you have any problems or questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me.


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