These are some of the basic tools that you will need when you start teddy bear making
A permanent marker pen.
Used for marking out your pattern on the cloth. Go lightly here as a heavy hand can bleed the marker through the backing. Some people use pencil, but these can smudge and the graphite can get on your hands.
Sharp scissors. A minimum of 2 pairs - large (8 inch) and a small (2 or 3 inch) Needed for cutting the fabric and for trimming the fur.
An assortment of Needles - in various sizes, including a long one
Plus you will also need good quality sewing thread, extra strong thread (for closing) upholstery thread is ideal, a thimble and an assortment of perle embroidery threads for the nose, paws and pads detailing - a Black and a Brown will be enough to get you started.
An Awl and Needle nose pliers (or cotter key) - used with making your joints.
Choose a jointing system - plastic safety joints are most often used but also you can also use hardboard discs and cotter pins. There are other jointing systems on the market, but you will find these as your experience grows.
A Teasel Brush - or a “dog comb” is ideal.
Used for grooming your finished teddy and for teasing out any stray hairs that have become trapped in the seams during assembly of the material. It looks something like a small suede brush.
Stuffing Tools - You will need a minimum of two.
A wooden kitchen spoon is ideal for the medium sized stuffing tool (use the handle end) and a smaller narrower one, about the thickness of a pencil for the smaller one, which you would use for the tiny corners.
Small or miniature bears obviously need appropriately sized tools and of course, if you are making LARGE bears, you will need a LARGE stuffing tool which we will leave to your imagination - perhaps a broom handle!