The deadline has been extended through International Quilting Weekend -  Sunday March 20th!

While the gang is gathered around the TV watching March Madness, stitch up a "bearskin" for a child with a rare disease
AND be entered to win an iPad Mini!

How long does it take to make a "bearskin"?  By the time the buzzer sounds and
the last bite of snacks have disappeared, you will have made a "bearskin" -  or two!
A team of volunteers at RARE Science will stuff and finish the bears.

Did you know?:

  • 20 million kids have rare disease
  • 30% of them die before the age 5
  • Rare diseases are responsible for 35% of deaths in the first year of life

Want to know more about the contest?  Here are the rules. 

There are a few steps, but we know you want to participate and not miss out on this chance to help out AND WIN.

Each bearskin should be made to specific guidelines using Simplicity pattern C5461 (just $5.96). It is the contribution of your own stash fabric that will make the bear unique.  RARE bears given to kids include a special serial number tag and fabric feet.

  1.  Visit the RARE Science website to receive the special numbered tag and feet fabric that will be sent to you via mail.  Mention (in the message area) that you are participating in the RARE Bear Game Day Sew-In Contest.

  • If you only need the serial tag and feet fabric, please specify.
  • If you are having trouble locating the pattern and need that along with the serial tag and feet fabric, please specify.

  2. Then gather all of your supplies and start sewing your 'bearskin.' 

  3. Once the 'bearskin' is completed, upload the photo of your handiwork on our RARE Bear Community area by Midnight on
      Thursday, March 20, 2016 to be entered in the contest.

  • You must be logged in first to enter your photo. All members are included: Free and Premium "Star".
  • If you are not a Free Member, just click on "Join Free" in the brown menu bar at the top of the page.
  • Once you are in the RARE Bear Community area, Click on the blue "Join Group" button to join the group.
  • Click on the photo icon to upload your photo.
  • Don't forget to write - "RARE Bear Contest Entry" and your name in the Status Box.

  4. Don't have your serial tag and feet by the time the 8th rolls around, but your skin is made?  Not a problem.  Upload your photo
      and you will still be included in the contest.

So, if you post your "bearskin" image by Sunday March 20th, you will be entered into two contests.  One for the iPad Mini and also the International Quilting Weekend contest.  (Yes, Rare Bear makers are allowed TWO entries into the International Quilting Weekend Contest). So that's two ways to win and help out a child. Make sure you upload your photo and you will automatically be entered to have a 2nd chance to win in the International Quilting Weekend Contest also. During International Quilting Weekend, Rare Bear makers will be automatically entered a 2nd time in the regular contest!


#12 tulmaker 2016-03-04 08:24
Not certain if I entered correctly. I uploaded photo but forgot to put my name in the status box. Am I still entered?
#11 delmajean 2016-02-25 14:59
Does it matter which size you make
I have the pattern i
#10 Roxanne 2016-02-08 21:43
SallyAA, Can you share the original pattern number who talked about? I don't think the pattern I ordered will make it before deadline. I may already have the original in my pattern stash which means I can start.
#9 pmscreations 2016-02-07 21:34
I have just joined. I ordered my pattern tonight (back ordered til mid Feb) and (hopefully) signed up with RARE to make and send bears. I'm very excited to learn about this community and for the ability to share my love of bears.
#8 Judi 2016-02-02 09:59
I have found it takes approx. one hour to actually sew the "bearskin". I think it takes longer to decide on the fabric!
#7 angelofalass 2016-01-31 11:16
I have just joined the rare bear ( learn more) the rare bear cordinator will send you, via email ,a down loadable pattern since they are backordered.
#6 smallstuff227 2016-01-31 09:52
I tried to order from simplicity and it's backordered until Feb 28. It sounds like there will be a lot of people helping this cause. Mine will just be a little later.
#5 RARE Science 2016-01-30 13:12
Thank you all for supporting the RARE Bear Program! Please find the link to purchasing a pattern from Simplicity above - it should come in one or two days but if it doesnt please contact us at
We look forward to hearing from you to get your tags and special RARE Science feet fabric.
Happy Sewing from the RARE Science team!
#4 angelofalass 2016-01-30 10:49
If you order your pattern today 1/30 you should receive your pattern before super bowl Sunday. I'm not a Fast Sewer. But I have Created Bears Before and sewn them in a day. and that includes stuffing them which to me is the most time consuming . These bears don't need to be stuffed. I plan on gathering the fabric I plan to use . And have everything ready to go when I receive my pattern :-)
#3 durstgirls 2016-01-30 07:12
I tried to buy the pattern directly from a store and had the same experience as SallyAA. I did order from The Quilting Show.
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