I did it... I drew up my own pattern, sewed it together and created my own little bear.
I understand I still have a long way to go... there are so many things that need perfecting... but I have to admit, I'm stupidly excited.
This little girl was finished July 22nd and her name is Toffee:
She has cotter pin joints, pellet and stuffing insides, is made from an old coat I bought at a garage sale, and is shaded with Prismacolor pens. Her eyes are just plastic (haven't bought the glass ones yet) and I needle felted her nose. I wanted to give her needle felted paw pads, but ended up feeling that she wasn't quite the right kind of bear for that... maybe the next one!
I also wanted to give her a wire armature... but I swear, trying to find an employee in Home Depot is like trying to find a Unicorn at an orgy...
Her dress is lame, I apologize :)