A free fabric pear pattern from The Birch Cottage. Sew a fabric pear out of the fabric of your choice to add a touch of farmhouse style to your home.
Asian Pear Tree
I am especially fond of pears ever since I discovered how to use all the Asian Pears that grow on the pear tree that my husband’s father planted so many years ago. Each year, it seems to produce more and more fruit.
I tried finding a pattern online for a fabric pear a couple of years ago, but just couldn’t find one that had quite the right shape for my purpose – anyway. I wanted a fabric pear to use in my home decor instead of as a pincushion.
And although our Asian Pears aren’t quite shaped like traditional pears, these fabric pears definitely have a pear shape to them. Plus, I think they’re just adorable.
As with most patterns I make, whether sewing or crocheting, it’s a lot of trial and error. Or, in the case of crochet patterns, it’s a lot of ripping out my work and starting over. Same is true with this pear pattern. After many renditions and attempts to make a pattern for the perfect pear, I think I’ve gotten it pretty darn close.
Take a look and see what you think….
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How to Sew a Fabric Pear
Before you begin to sew a fabric pear, there are a few supplies and equipment you’ll want to gather up first.
- 1/4 yard (actually, less) fabric
- felt or contrast fabric for leaf
- polyester stuffing
- matching thread
- small button with 2 or 4 holes
- darning needle (select a long needle that will fit through the eyes of the button)
- pins or wonder clips
- sewing machine
- fabric marking pen, optional
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- twig, pipe cleaner or fabric scrap for stem
Of course, you’ll want to download and print out the pattern first.
Step 1: Cut Fabric
Once you’ve printed out the pattern, you can either pin it in place and cut out six of the pear body pieces OR you can lay the pattern down on the back of the fabric and trace around the pear.
You’ll also want to cut out one piece of felt for the leaf.
Step 2: Sew Pear Body
Take one piece of the pear body and lay it face up. Take a second piece and lay it face down on top of the first piece. The pieces should be right sides together. Begin sewing about 1/4″ from the top and using a 1/4″ seam, stitch the two pieces of the body together, stopping about 1/4″ from the bottom point.
Take two more pieces of the pear body and repeat step 2. Take the last two pieces of the pear body and again repeat step 2.
Now, you’ll join all three sets together, again using a 1/4″ seam allowance. EXCEPT WHEN YOU GET TO WHERE YOU ARE SEWING THE LAST SEAM, BE SURE TO LEAVE AN OPENING NEAR THE BOTTOM FOR TURNING AND STUFFING.
Step 3: Stuff the Pear
Turn the pear right side out through the opening you left in one of the seams. Start with the top of the pear and fill until it is kind of firm. Once it’s filled, you’ll hand stitch the opening closed.
Step 4: Attach Button
Next, you’ll attach a button to the bottom of the pear. Be sure to select a long darning needle – the longer the better. Also make sure that the needle is small enough in diameter to fit through the eyes of the buttons. I like to knot the thread, insert it from the bottom to the top of one of the button holes and then back down from the top to the bottom. Before you pull the thread all the way through the button, insert the needle through the bottom of the thread near the knot and then continue to pull through.
Insert the needle back through the bottom of the button hole and out through the top. Align button up with the bottom of the pear and insert needle back through the button hold and all the way out to the top of the pear. Then insert the needle from the top back down through the pear, out the bottom and through the opposite button hole. Repeat a couple of times, pulling slightly so that the bottom of the pear is slightly concave and will stand up. Knot and trim off the thread.
Step 5: Attach Leaf and Stem
Attach the Leaf
You will want to attach your leaf (leaves) first. Simply place a dab of hot glue near the center of the top of the pear and press the leaf into place.
On some of my leaves, I tried some hand embroidery. I also used my sewing machine to do some decorative stitches. If you decide to do this to your leaves, you’ll want to do that, of course, before you attach the leaf to your pear.
Attach the Stem
You can use a number of items for the stem of the pear, such as a brown pipe cleaner, rolled up piece of leather or fabric or an actual piece of a twig, as I’ve used here. Simply put a dab of hot glue in the center of the top of the pear and affix the stem. Let sit until cool.
As you can tell from the many different pictures of the pears using different fabrics, that I did try to make these pears using all kinds of fabrics. I even tried drop cloth. I should caution you that drop cloth is not the optimal fabric of choice for this fabric pear pattern. See, drop cloth is a loosely woven fabric and it will ravel quite a bit. Since we are only using 1/4″ seam, it’s even more likely to ravel.
I love the pears. I have them sitting in various places around our home. I really would like to get a wooden bowl and have a whole bunch of these pears filling up the bowl. What do you think?
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and give the pattern a try. If you do sew up some pears, I gotta warn you that they’re kind of addictive! And, be sure to share them with me on social media. Just use #thebirchcottage or share it in my Facebook Group, A Handmade Home.
Til next time…