If you go down in the woods today you're sure of a big surprise.
If you go down in the woods today you'd better go in disguise;
For ev'ry bear that ever there was will gather there for certain, because
Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic.
-- Jimmy Kennedy
I got started by tracing 'round the hand of my favorite 8 year old to create a pattern...
Here we have front and back patterns (the front has no ears.)
I like my bears chocolate-y so I created our bear out of brown wool felt with a lighter cafe-au-lait contrasting circle for the face, however, I could also imagine a rainbow of bears (lavender, blue, green, etc...) if you wanted to get creative!
First I sewed the face to the (earless) front of the puppet...
Added eyes, nose and some buttons (a round, contrasting fabric tummy might also add a charming touch...)
Then stitched the front of the puppet to the back...
And viola! We are ready to play!