When our children were little they loved to play with multiples of anything. Lay on the floor making 'parades' of various items Fisher Price people, cars, puzzle pieces, even household items like spoons and jar lids. when outside - rocks and sticks. One year a made them a bag of 'bitty bears" and then enjoyed the stories that come from the creative play.
This year I opened the creative door for the grands, making a basket of bitty bears for each family.
The fun comes from having a basket FULL.
Recycled wool (from thrift stores and garage sales, even a shirt or skirt that has been mistakenly washed and shrunk) If new wool machine wash and dry for softness.
For simple assembly, cut a rectangle of fabric - draw on the outline of the bear and hand sew the details - face and heart THEN machine sew on the drawn line leaving an opening for the stuffing...THEN cut out. Leave a small opening to stuff and hand sew shut.
(If you'd like a hand drawn pattern...click on EMAIL ME on the left sidebar - put Bitty Bear in the subject line and I'll send you one as an attachment)