Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to Crochet Dungarees for a Teddy Bear - Free Tutorial

Teddy bears are much like humans—they come in every size and shape.  Add to that the many varieties of yarn and crochet hooks to choose from, and making a standard pattern seems impossible.  In addition to that I’m a lazy crotchetier who doesn’t like to count stitches and rows.  So, in this tutorial I’m not giving you a pattern, but the work method to crochet dungarees for any teddy bear or doll, with any type of yarn.  We will make it fit as we go along.
Basic knowledge of crochet is necessary if you want to attempt this project.  If you need to sharpen up on your skills, HERE is a helpful website. 
You will need:  Yarn or thread of your choice, a crochet hook, big eye needle to sew thread ends away, and one willing teddy bear or doll to be the model.  Also have some stitch markers handy.  If you don’t have stitch markers, paperclips or safety pins work well.
Start by making a chain row to fit around teddy’s waist.  It should be loose enough to pull down over his hips.  
Join in the first chain stitch to make a circle.  Mark your first stitch with a stitch marker.
Work a few rounds of single crochet, until you get to the top of the bear’s hips.
Divide your work into six equal parts, and mark the stitches with stitch markers.  If you are making dungarees for a large bear, you might like to use more markers. We need the dungarees to start flaring out, so that they will fit over the bear’s ample stomach and generous hips.   In the next few rounds, increase a stitch every time you get to a stitch marker.
The dungarees are coming along nicely.  Make sure you have a nice loose fit at this stage.
Continue in the same manner with more rows until the dungarees start looking like a skirt.
When you can pinch the ‘skirt’ together between the bear’s legs, it is long enough.  Sew together a few stitches to form the gusset of the dungarees.  Not too many, the leg holes should be nice and roomy.
Work single crochet around each leg hole to make the legs of the dungaree.  Here it is a good idea to count the number of rows you work, the second leg should have the same length :-)
Fit the dungarees on the bear to check the length as you work.  I made my trouser legs extra long and crocheted a few rows of post stitch ribbing on the end of each trouser leg so that I could make a turn-up. 
This is what the bear looks like when dressed in the bottom half of the dungarees.
Here are the dungarees, with the cuff at the bottom turned up.
To make the bib, put the dungarees on the teddy bear, and mark with two stitch markers where the bib should start and end. 
Work rows in single crochet until the bib is long enough.  The bib can be square.  My bear has a very small chest and narrow shoulders.  On the dungarees I started with enough stitches to make the bib as wide as the bear’s armholes.  As I worked rows to the top, I decreased a stitch at the beginning of every row, so that the bib became narrower to fit between the shoulders.
This is what the bib looks like when finished.
And this is the ideal fit on the bear.
With the dungarees on the bear, mark the placing of the braces with two stitch markers at the back.  I put mine in line with the armholes of the bear.
Crochet the first strap.   Make a chain that is the right length, counting your stitches so that you can make the second one the same length.  Then work rows of single crochet,   I made mine extra long so that I can cross them over on the back of the bear.  Make a buttonhole on the end of the strap if you want one.  The braces can also be fastened with a press stud.
Repeat for the second brace.
Attach two small buttons on the bib, and viola, the dungarees are finished! 
The model for this tutorial is Schnozzel.  You will find more information about him HERE.  The pattern for the teddy bear is also for sale in my Etsy shop.


  1. Hello Megan, I arrived here via Kay's blog and just wanted to say 'thank you so much' for this great tutorial. It is so well illustrated and explained that I am definately going to give this a try. I love making clothes for my bears!
    Best wishes, Lynda (the friendly company of bears)

  2. Hi Lynda
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm glad that you like the dungarees. I used not to dress my bears, but lately I've had fun designing outfits for them.

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  5. Hello. Thank you for this tutorial. I will be having a go at this soon. I was just wondering if you have any ideas on how to add a tail hole in your design as the bear I'm planning to make this for has big tail.


    1. Dear Juliet
      A tail-hole is a brilliant idea!
      I would imagine that you make a large buttonhole for the tail to poke through. Here's a quick and easy buttonhole tutorial.