Before making something new I always start with sketching ideas and coming up with a design that pleases me. The huge bear the other was made from this design but without a pattern, I just kind of shaped the bear while feeding the felt through the machine and shaped the bear. I decided that it was way too large and that I really needed to make pattern to get the desired shape. So I made a cardboard pattern, cut out a lot of felt shapes and soon there were nine new bears!
Someday soon, I'm going to make a cardboard pattern for the monkey I drew next to the bear and give that a try too!