After January, people say there’s only about 6 weeks of winter left but if you live where I do you know that you’re bound to get at least 2 months more of snow and chilly nights. To combat that I decided to make my own teddy coat to stay snuggly and cuddled for the remainder of this winter. The teddy coat trend has been super popular this winter season and all the styles I fell in love with were non-stop sold out so I decided to make my own. To say the least, this was the most complex DIY I’ve ever made and there were a lot of do and redo to create this teddy coat. But I am absolutely in love with the end result and you will be seeing me wearing this a lot more as we move away from the deep freeze and into a bit more warmer winter weather.
The teddy coat is definitely a milder winter weather type of a coat but it looks super cute and ultra fuzzy that everyone will want to cuddle you like a teddy bear! Perfect for those -10 winter snow days where everything looks like a winter wonderland. I created my own pattern for the teddy coat off of an older wool coat. I definitely could of used a bit more room in the arms as I did find my final piece was a bit too snug to fit a bulky sweater underneath. With that in mind, be sure to pick up some cuddly AF fabric from your local fabric store! I am absolutely in love with the faux fur fabric that I picked up from Fabricland (scored it on sale too!), any sort of faux fur material will do well with this style of coat, even a sherpa type fleece could work! The fuzzier the better to get those teddy bear vibes!
None the less, if you’re ready to take on the big teddy coat challenge please read on! I found it was easier to show you guys images of the pattern pieces and explain the steps in a more detailed manner than to show process pictures like I have previously done in other DIY projects. If you guys need more details just comment down below and I’ll try my best to show how it’s done!
TIME | 6+ hours
COST | $$
DIFFICULTY | very difficult, sewing skills required
What you’ll need
- Faux fur material (around 2 meters, but I would get extra to be safe)
- Lining material (2 meters)
- Interfacing (1 meter)
- Large snap buttons (30mm in diameter)
- Sewing machine
- Needles and matching thread
I drafted my own pattern based roughly off of an existing wool coat I had, please adjust the pattern to your liking. I do wish I had made the arms wider so I could layer a larger sweater so if that’s something you would like, be sure to add more space for the sleeves. In terms of sizing, I would say this would fit anyone who wears an XS, 25″ waist or a 0. You can download the PDF version of this pattern file here. This pattern does not accommodate for seam allowance.
Fit | Body Skimming
Length | Hip Length
Warmth | Good for mild winter days
This is a hefty tutorial so I’ll try to break it down into the following sections: Outer, pockets, inner and finishing. Ready to embark on the most intense DIY ever? Read on!
Outer Faux Fur Layer
- Cut all pattern pieces with 1/2 inch seam allowance. I would allow for more on the wrist side of the sleeves so you can cuff it back when finishing the sleeves.
- Hand tack interfacing to pieces Front Inner Panel AA, Front Inner Panel BB, Back Lapel Collar A and the Back Panel Inside piece. These are the pieces that will be on the inside of the outer layer pieces, the interfacing should be tacked onto the back of the faux fur pieces. You will eventually be removing these stitches.
- Sew the shoulder seams of piece Front Panel A and Front Panel B to the Back Panel for the outside layer, and do the same to the faux fur pieces of Front Inner Panel AA, Front Inner Panel BB and the Back Panel Inside for the inside of the jacket, good sides facing together.
- Sew on the Back Lapel Collar A, to the outside piece of step 3 and Back Lapel Collar B to the inside piece from step 3, good sides facing together.
- Take both outside faux fur layer and the inside faux fur layer, good sides facing together, sew the outer edge of the back lapel collar A & B and the front seams of Front Panel AA and Front Panel BB to their corresponding pieces.
- Notch the inside seams, flip it right side out and tuck the seams so that you can get sharp corners and rounded edges all around the lapel collar.
- Attach the sleeves to the main piece from the shoulder seam.
- Before finishing the side hems and closing the sleeves, see the next steps for the pockets.
Pockets (Be sure to check this out if you want to learn how to do inseam pockets)
- Sew the faux fur piece of the pocket to the Back Panel of the outer layer, do the same on both sides. Be sure to measure and mark clearly where you want the pockets to start and end to create the 6″ pocket opening needed. I placed mine around waist height.
- Sew the lining piece of the pocket to the front side of the outer layer. Make sure it is aligned with the back pocket piece that was just sewn.
- Be sure to back stitch on the bottom edge of the pocket on both lining piece and faux fur piece.
- With the good sides facing and pinned, sew around the perimeter of the pocket to form the pouch.
- Finish off the outer faux fur layer of the jacket by sewing up the side seams and closing up the sleeves.
- Sew the shoulder seams of Back Panel, Front Inner Panel AB and Front Inner Panel BC.
- Attach the lining sleeves, then finish off with the side seams.
- Open up and iron flat all seams.
- Take your lining layer and tuck it into the coat with the back sides facing so that all good sides are showing. You should have a coat that has two layers at this point. Tuck the lining sleeves inside of the faux fur sleeves.
- Tack shoulder seam allowance of the lining layer matched up to the outer layer shoulder seam allowance that has been folded open.
- Do the same as step 3 but for the side seams for the few inches above the pocket opening only. This will help the lining to stay in place and not move around or get twisted since we will have an open bottom hem.
- Hem the bottom of the inner lining layer by double folding it and sewing a straight stitch across. Be sure to iron it prior to sewing for a clean look.
Finishing (This step requires a lot of hand sewing, It was the easiest way to finish off the jacket with a clean finish for me, but feel free to use a machine for some of these parts if you want!)
- Serge all open edges on the outer faux fur layer.
- Fold up the bottom edge of the outer layer 1″ and hand sew invisible stitches. You want a seamless outer layer where you can’t see any pinching of the fur.
- Hand sew the front most edges of the lining layer to the front panels, tucked under the outer layer seam, be sure to only be sewing through those two layers and not more. Do this to both sides.
- Close out the back of the jacket by hand sewing the faux fur Back Panel Inside down on-top of the lining, be sure to be only be sewing through that one specific panel and the lining layer and not the back outer fur panel.
- Place and sew your snap buttons. I used 3 but feel free to use more or less to your liking. The jacket is made to overlap so when it is done up the buttons and stitching should not be visible.
- Carefully tack down the pockets to the front panel seam at the opening (inside) so the pockets are stabilized.
- Optional: tack down the side seams of the inner lining layer to the outer layer to hold it down to the outer layer and prevent any future movement.
Please note: This is a complex project so my advice is to take your time and to carefully pin or tack things in place prior to sewing. A lot of the things I tried I had to redo often as faux fur is quite slippery to sew. I would highly recommend that you have sewing experience before embarking on this Teddy Coat journey. If you have any questions please comment down below and I will try to clarify up the tutorial as needed.
As always, if you happen to recreate these please share and use the hashtag #DECONSTRUT so I can see all your creations! Happy DIY-ing!