DIY No-Sew Washcloth Teddy Bear: Video Tutorial!


This is the cutest bear that you never did sew! Learn how to fold a washcloth into an adorable teddy bear. This fun project takes just a few minutes and makes a perfect gift for any occasion. Make little bears for Christmas and Valentine’s Day gifts, a baby shower gift basket, or just to decorate your bathroom.

All you need to make this DIY washcloth teddy bear is:

  • Any size washcloth or small square towel
  • 3 clear rubber bands
  • A 20”-25” ribbon for around his neck!

The video tutorial for making these adorable bears will play automatically in the video player on this page. If you don’t see it you can watch it on my YouTube channel. Since this is a video tutorial, I do not have a downloadable PDF file for this project at this time.

My sister Liz and her kids came for a visit and they were so excited to show me their latest obsession: Washcloth Bears!

The hands and voice in the video belong to Liz. I asked her to help me make a video because she is such a wonderful teacher! I hope you think so too.

Washcloth Bear Finished Dimensions

We used 13” square washcloths and our folded bears are approximately 8” tall and 4 1/2” wide. The size of your bears will vary depending on the size washcloth or towel that you use and your folding technique.

Tips for Choosing Materials

This project works best with fluffy washcloths. We found some at a local home decor store, but any size washcloth or small towel will work great.

You’ll also need clear elastic bands. This is the same kind that people use for their hair. I bought a lifetime supply of clear elastic bands on Amazon years ago! These are the exact ones that I bought, but similar hair bands are sold just about everywhere.

We used leftover ribbon scraps to tie a bow around each bear’s neck. If you use a 1” wide ribbon like we did, you’ll need 20-25”. You can use a shorter piece if you want to use a narrower ribbon (such as a 1/2” wide). This step is optional, but it’s super cute!

Watch the video on this page or on YouTube to learn how to fold these adorable bears!

As always, I love to see what you make with my tutorials. Please post a picture to Instagram and tag me @sewcanshe or #sewcanshe so I can see!

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Happy crafting,


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