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What do you do with a baby-sized Care Bear?

You skin it and make a baby-sized Care Bear Skin Coat, obviously!

Whether you use this as a costume or as instant toy store camoflauge, you're going to get more than a couple looks for this upcycled toy!

Step 1: Get a Bear and Gut It

Find a bear that is approximately the size of your baby.

Gut it.

I decided that I wanted to put the zipper around the belly instead of straight down through it.  So I opened the bear under the chin and unstuffed it from there.


Step 2: Fix the Legs

The legs in this bear were sewn shut and flat into the seam.
This will never do.

Remove the legs. 
Open the tops of the legs where they are sewn shut.
Remove stuffing from the legs.

At this point, it will help to open up the belly where you intend to put the zipper.  I popped the seam that ran from the chin of the bear down to its leg along one side.

Re-sew legs into leg openings, allowing them to remain open.

Open up the feet and the arms along the seams so that the baby's appendages can stick out.


Step 3: Fix the Head

I unstuffed the head because it was too heavy for the baby to hold up her head.  I mean, I assumed that.  I didn't try it on her and watch her neck collapse.  I was trying to avoid that.

But now the head was collapsey and sad.  So, how to make it look perky without adding weight?

Oh you already know the answer:  zip ties!

Yup.  I taped zip ties in place to act as boning in a corset would.  Then, once I was pleased with the general layout of them, I sewed over them with a whipstitch and secured them at both ends.

It totally worked! 

Then I added a bit more stuffing loosely just to give it a more cuddly look.


Step 4: Add Lining

Now to add a lining so the stuffing will stay in the head and the baby won't get scratched by all of the open seams.

My head lining was a fail, so I need to offer better advice.
It seems obvious to me now that you need to but a hood shape into it.  At the moment of execution, though, I was baffled.  Consequently, there wasn't enough room for baby's head and we had to make an emergency field operation.

Cut a hood shape out of some fleece (or knit, something soft), and seam along the center back.

To line the body, I turned the bear inside out and pinned fabric all along it.  I cut off the excess and created one large dart along the heiney area.

To finish, use a smallish whipstitch.  You could get this under your machine, but I thought it might be more hassle than it was worth.

I also sewed a circle of felt behind the belly. 


Step 5: Apply Zipper

You'll want a heavy duty plastic zipper that is at least the length of the opening.

Mine was a separating zipper, but that turned out to be unnecessary, and even inconvenient.

Pin the zipper along one side of the opening and hand sew it in with a backstitch.

Carefully align the other side of the zipper with the other side of the opening and sew.

Tack down the raw edges of the zipper.


Step 6: Insert Baby

Find a really chill baby, and convince them of how fun it would be to dress up like a bear. Rawr!

Surround with other toys, a la that scene from ET.  As if you needed to add cuteness.



I know the baby is wearing a red bow in the second feature picture, but it adds to the adorable factor that it looks like the Care Bear has bloody fangs-! ^^
It IS&nbsp;bloody fangs!!<br />
Looking at this in November 2016 and know this baby is now about 6 years old but these photos are so precious!
<p>Cute teddy!</p>
<p>So cute, my 6 month old would look adorable in this</p>
<p>Oh my god.. That is so awesome. :D</p>
<p>This is awesome and cute!</p><p>But are those fangs?</p>
Having just constructed this, using Funshine bear procured on eBay, a few tips: <br> <br>- Buy really big cable ties. Only takes 4 to get the super structure in there. I used a combination of sewing and glue gun to secure them. <br>- Instead of stuffing, use packing balloons from your latest diapers.com delivery to fill the head. Really lightweight! <br>- If you are pressed for time, skip the lining, and just make sure your little one is wearing long sleeves. <br>- Seal the bag of Care Bear guts, lest your dog wrestle the bag open and shower your floor with polyfill. <br> <br>
This is the most adorable instructable I have ever seen. Happy trick-r-treating!
I just remembered years ago when Starwars came out we dressed as characters, took a week. I was 3PO with R2D2, wife was Princess Leah, teenage son Luke, other three boys including the 1 year old were Jawas. Sorry no pictures, but it was fun going door to door. Thanks for bringing the memories back and sharing.
Oh my gosh this instructable is awesome and the baby even more so ... I was giggling with every photo! ^_^
That is very very cute
i wish i had a baby just so that i could make this costume. i think it is probably the most adorable thing I've seen in my entire life.
I'm off to make a baby right now! <br>You know, so I can make a costume for it. <br> <br>Seriously, great idea.
omg its so CUTE!!!!
That baby is SO cute! Absolutely a cutie!! The costume just makes it EVEN cuter!
(:) (:) = buttons
aww soo cute if you don't add the fangs it would look cute as a button! :)
Where did you find the care bear that you used?
THIS IS ADORABLE!<br>you've made my day :D
omg that's so cute, great instructable i wish we had thought of that while one of our three kids was that age. Would be a great Karnavals-costum.
This is the most adorable thing and you worked so hard on it<br>I am saving it till i have grand babies!
OMNOMNOM! (in the first pic the bear is eating the baby)
It came out perfectly! Thanks again!
genius! About how old/big is your baby? I love this idea
What a nice costume,, adorable baby thanks for the instructable
Oh my gosh, I am SO GRATEFUL to you right this second. I have this huge tomato head I am making for my son's costume and I didn't want it to be too heavy. You have just saved me.
This is adorable! I would love to make this (someday)!
LoL, it looks like a care bear ate your baby!!! XD
&nbsp;So. Cute!!
Haha yea, Step one photo is awesome
Saw your baby on 'babies making faces' - so cute!<br />
OMG this is the cutest costume project I've ever seen!!! And your baby is SO adorable!!!<br />
That is just SOOO cute and wonderful! Now all I need is to get good at sewing! Very sweet baby too.<br />
&nbsp;your baby is unbearably cute.<br /> <br /> pun not intended.
Now, if only I could find a 6 foot tall Carebear doll.<br />
Indeed.&nbsp; <br /> I'm planning on a coat for myself that uses up all of the tiny care bears.<br /> But maybe we need to come up with a pattern for the adult version of this!<br /> We should get seamster in on this too.&nbsp; Right up his alley.<br />
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Back in high school I made a pair of pants out of stuffed animals (ala Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers).&nbsp; As far as the bear costume, you've inspired me and I've gotten some great ideas.&nbsp; If any of them actually pan out you can bet you'll be seeing them here!&nbsp; (Halloween Contest here I come)<br /> <br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Mike<br />
This is so awesome. I think picture #5 is my favorite.<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
Yeah!&nbsp;&nbsp;She's sooooo expressive.&nbsp; I&nbsp;can make up an inner dialogue for every one of these photos.<br />
I&nbsp;like picture #3 too where she's looking wryly at the camera.<br />
And now she's just bleeding...way to make it more morbid :)<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
ROFL. I love the little bear crying next to the bag of &quot;Care Bear Guts.&quot; While this ends up a very cute project, it is in fact very morbid.<br /> <div id="refHTML">&nbsp;</div>
That is horrifyingly cute...I can't look away...Its cute now but I wonder what the child will say in fifteen years?<br />
It's always good to have blackmail material for a teenager.<br />
We're collecting <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Happy-Mutant-3-Armed-Baby-Costume/">quite a bit</a>. ;)<br />
I&nbsp;did this for my son Nathaniel with a regular teddy bear for Halloween 2007. I&nbsp;was a &quot;baby&quot;&nbsp;and he was my teddy bear.
That sounds awesome.&nbsp; Please post pictures!<br />
This is soooo adorable I laughed so loud I made my cat jump!! Awesome idea and excellent handi-work.
Oh my gosh,&nbsp; this adorable maybe made my day. Whenever I'm feeling bummed I'm just go to this instructable. <br />

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