First you knit a long strip of fabric like this:
Fold it in half and sew the sides together just near the fold, pick up some stitches and knit two more strips:
Keep sewing and stuffing, add some embroidery, and voila! It's a bear!
This is the third year that a fellow at our university who does service learning has organized a collection for the Mother Bear Project, collecting hand-knitted bears, all using the same pattern, to send as comfort toys for AIDS orphans in Africa. The pattern is available for a $5 donation, and can be shared among people in a group who are all working together.
Gizmo says, "I can has bear, too? Iz nice bear."