Raindrop Ragdoll Bear

Designed in 2023 and Released in 2024

An adorable, shapely and simple bear to get you started on your plushie making adventure! You’ll adore it’s raindrop shaped body and drippy spindly arms and legs to accompany the raindrop theme.

This bear is designed to for the novice beginner. It will walk you though choosing the best fabrics, plushie making best practices and more! The bear is designed to teach the fundamental skills of making a plushie. This is done in a manner to keep it from being overwhelming. For example, you’ll learn to sew a gusset…but you only have one to sew! 

While this is designed for the novice, it can also be a quick and easy project for any level sewist! It is always fun watching a plushie come to life whether it’s simple or detailed. 

When finished, this bear is approximately 21″ from toe to head, 8″ wide at widest point and 11″ from bum to head (sitting). These measurements are approximate and can vary slightly based on the fabrics you use.

Learn more about my Raindrop Ragdoll Collection and the my 3 Tier approach to teaching you plushie making basics with this collection, here.

Includes:

Full Size Templates

Choosing the Best Fabrics

Choosing Eyes

Easy to Follow Bite-Size Instructions

Photos Accompany Each Step

Video Tutorial

Free Shirt Pattern Available 

Free Pants Pattern Available 

Skill Level - Novice Beginner

Skills and Techniques Used

  • Fundamental Sewing Basics
  • Sewing Moderate Curves
  • Clipping Curved Seams
  • Attaching Safety Eyes
  • Hand Sewing (to close opening)
  • Stuffing Best Practices
  • Selecting Fabrics
  • Sew One Gusset

Photo Gallery

Materials and Tools Needed

  • 1/2 yard smooth minky (alternative fabrics: fleece, quality cotton, repurposed clothing, etc) *1 yard will make 3 bears
  • ~10″ x 10″ of minky for muzzle (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, etc)
  • ~3″ x 3″ piece of minky for nose (alt fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, etc)
  • ~3″ x 6″ piece of smooth minky for inner ear (alt. fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, etc)
  • ~12 oz fiber filling
  • 1 pair 15mm Safety Eyes (alt 14mm or 16mm will work, too)
  • Notions: scissors, thread, sewing machine, etc.

Pattern Testers' Raindrop Ragdoll Bear Gallery

I get so excited when a pattern has reached the testing phase. It is such a joy to see what everyone makes, employing their creativity to bring it to life. The testers provide the polish to the pattern and tutorial. They give of their valuable time and talents and I appreciate them immensely! A huge thank you to each one of them!

Pattern testers used a variety of fabrics, including: cotton, fleece, minky, chenille, denim,  faux fur, interfaced lace, flannel, long pile minky (Luxe Cuddle®), etc.

The testers’ gallery has quite a few more images than most of the galleries because these bears come with a free shirt pattern and free pants pattern, so I wanted to show you them dressed and bear naked. 

Oh, but the dress!! Well, the free dress pattern designed for the Nutty Nag (Pudgy Plushies) fits the bear! …sort of. The neck fits just about right, but the back is a little big. You can leave it this way or simply trim away about an inch and a half on the back closure edge of the dress template before sewing (which will equal a total of about 3 inches off the back of the dress) for a better fit.

Testers made their bears with standard plastic safety eyes, buttons and fabric applique eyes. Some testers applied a little simple soft sculpting to pull the eyes in and shape the bridge of the nose. This isn’t covered in the tutorial, but adds a fun dimension to your bear.

Some testers reduced the size of their bears after making the original size. The smaller bears you see in the gallery are at 75%, 50% and one wee little one at 25%.

Have fun and let your creativity drive you! I’d love to see your finished bear! You can share your makes in my Facebook Group or even email them to me.

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Why Make a Raindrop Ragdoll Bear?

An excellent project to learn to sew a stuffie!

A quick and easy make.

Inspires active play and imagination.

Makes a memorable and fun gift.

I’m totally dressing the bear.

You will tap into your own creativity when you make it.

Sewing and crafting are therapeutic.

Thoughtful and easy gift.

Wonderful addition to any toy room.

Quick and easy enough to make it as a dog toy.

Sell finished bear at handmade markets.

You’ll love watching it come to life as you make it.

You’re never too old to cuddle a soft toy.

It is difficult to accurately describe the skill level needed for each project as the skill level itself can be quite subjective.  Each traditional skill level has a wide spectrum of ability associated with it.  I have tried to assign a general skill level to each pattern, however, please review specific techniques used in the pattern to determine if it is a good fit for you to try.  Keep in mind I write my tutorials in bite-sized easy to follow steps, each accompanied with photos. 

I aim to have each pattern attainable for a confident beginner and some have variations that may be more advanced, but they are optional.  You’ll be provided with all the instructions, tips and material list to create a plush toy just like those pictured in the tutorial…I keep nothing secret.  Each pattern and tutorial provides the blueprint for you to make it just like I have.  An easy to make pattern doesn’t have to be simplistic looking…it can look amazing!