Free Bear Pencil Case Pattern

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I found this image on Pinterest and I became determined to make my own little bear bag.

It was way too difficult for me to follow such a small diagram. Determined to make this bag, I tried twice to follow the pattern and failed. I ended up starting from scratch to make my own pattern. This resulted in an adorable bear pouch that I wanted to share!

The pouch is about 7 inches wide and 6 inches tall (not including the ears).

This was the first time I had ever sewn on shank buttons, a zipper, and a bag lining but I really like how my bear came out! I think I might use them again as a cheaper and easier alternative to safety eyes.

Materials 

  • 3.25mm crochet hook
  • brown worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn in the color mushroom)
  • a pair of 18mm shank buttons (I bought 2 pairs for $4 but you can get a pack of  100 for less than $12 here.)
  • dark brown and beige felt
  • a spool of brown thread (I used this extra strong thread for my bag.)
  • tapestry needle
  • 7 inch all purpose zipper (You can get the one I used here.)
  • a half yard of cotton fabric (I used fabric similar to this.)
  • sewing needles
  • pins

Pattern Notes

  • join with a slip stitch at the end of each round, chain one at the beginning of each round
  • worked in an oval

Abbreviations

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

inc – single crochet increase

sl st – slip stitch

BLO – back loops only

mc – magic circle

* to* – repeat the stitches between the asterisks a specified amount of times

for example: * inc, sc* 2 times means increase, single crochet, increase, single crochet

Oval (make 2)

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Row 1: skip first ch, 5 sc in BLO, rotate, inc in other side of st, 3 sc, inc (12)

Row 2: inc, 3 sc, 3 inc, 3 sc, 2 inc (18)

Row 3: *inc, 5 sc, inc, 2 sc* 2 times (22)

Row 4: *inc, 7 sc, inc, 2 sc, * 2 times (26)

Row 5: sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 3 sc (30)

Row 6: 2 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 2 sc, inc, sc (36)

Row 7: 2 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, sc (41)

Row 8: 3 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 9 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 2 sc (48)

Row 9: 3 sc, inc, 11 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 11 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 2 sc (54)

Row 10: 4 sc, inc, 11 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, 11 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, 3 sc (58)

Row 11: 4 sc, inc, 13 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 13 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 3 sc (66)

Row 12: 4 sc, inc, 15 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 15 sc, inc, 7 sc, inc, 4 sc (72)

Row 13: 4 sc, inc, 17 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 17 sc, inc, 3 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc (80)

Row 14: 4 sc, inc, 19 sc, inc, 5 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 19 sc, inc, 4 sc, inc, 8 sc, inc, sc (88)

Row 15: 15 sc, inc, 16 sc, inc, 10 sc, inc, 15 sc, inc, 15 sc, inc, 10 sc, inc, sc (94)

Row 16: 12 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, 14 sc, inc, 10 sc, inc, 13 sc, inc, 6 sc, inc, 13 sc, inc, 10 sc, inc,    2 sc (102)

finish off with a sl st

Ears (make 2)

Row 1: 6 sc in mc (6)

Row 2: inc 6 times (12)

Row 3: *5 sc, inc* 2 times (14)

Row 4: *6 sc, inc* 2 times (16)

Row 5: *7 sc, inc* 2 times (18)

Row 6: *8 sc, inc* 2 times (20)

Row 7: *9 sc, inc* 2 times (22)

Row 8: *10 sc, inc* 2 times (24)

Finish off with a sl st

Assembling

1. attach the ears

sewing on the ear detailLay both ovals on top of one another with the right sides facing out.

Flatten an ear so that 6 stitches are on either side of the slip stitch ‘seam’. Line it up with the slip stitches on the oval.

Stitch the first 6 stitches of the ear to the first oval then flip your work and attach the other 12 stitches to the second oval. Flip your work again and connect the last 6 stitches to the first oval.

cut your thread and weave it in.

Do this again on the other side of the oval (the ears on my bear are 24 stitches apart.

 

2. stitch up the bottom

stitch up the sides

Sew the bottom of the two ovals together with a long strand of  yarn. Do not stitch across the top 24 stitches between the two ears. that will be the opening of the bag.

 

3. add the face

Sew the buttons onto the face leaving enough room between them to attach the nose and mouth. I followed this tutorial to sew on shank buttons.

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I placed the buttons about halfway up the oval between rows 5 and 6.

Cut the nose and mouth from felt and either sew or glue them onto the bag.

 

4. make the fabric and zipper lining

 

I almost gave up on trying to line my bag until I found  this super helpful video!

 

If at any point you have questions about this pattern, feel free to ask for clarification!

As always, happy crocheting!

If you want to share this pattern, you can pin this image to one of your crocheting boards!

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5 Replies to “Free Bear Pencil Case Pattern”

  1. I adore your bear but was so so disappointed that it was a crochet pattern as i cannot crochet but can knit anything anytime have you got the same only knitted free pattern x regards sylvia

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m looking for a similar free pattern for knitting but so far I haven’t found anything. I so want to learn how to knit but I’ve always found it more difficult than crochet. I did find thisadorable free pattern for a knitted bear hat while searching!
      I’ll keep you updated if I come across any free knitting patterns that look similar to my pouch.
      Have an awesome day!

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  2. Adorable! I love it! Thank you for writing up the pattern. I’m fairly new to lining bags too (have only done two so far). I’m just thinking of the young ones in my family who would love this!

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    1. I’m so glad that you like it! Do you have a preferred method for lining crochet bags? So far I think that attaching the zipper to the fabric, then sewing it all in by hand was easiest.

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