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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!

 
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Step 1: Get a Bear and Gut It

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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

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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

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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.


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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-! ^^
scoochmaroo (author)  BoredInClass4 years ago
It IS bloody fangs!!
BailyA3 days ago

Oh my god.. That is so awesome. :D

swings_jo5 months ago

This is awesome and cute!

But are those fangs?

ElPounse10 months ago
Having just constructed this, using Funshine bear procured on eBay, a few tips:

- 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.
- Instead of stuffing, use packing balloons from your latest diapers.com delivery to fill the head. Really lightweight!
- If you are pressed for time, skip the lining, and just make sure your little one is wearing long sleeves.
- Seal the bag of Care Bear guts, lest your dog wrestle the bag open and shower your floor with polyfill.

onemoroni110 months ago
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! ^_^
poppop1591 year ago
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!
You know, so I can make a costume for it.

Seriously, great idea.
omg its so CUTE!!!!
Celine11072 years ago
That baby is SO cute! Absolutely a cutie!! The costume just makes it EVEN cuter!
U4562 years ago
(:) (:) = buttons
U4562 years ago
aww soo cute if you don't add the fangs it would look cute as a button! :)
chay wnek3 years ago
Where did you find the care bear that you used?
hhornburg3 years ago
THIS IS ADORABLE!
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.
poodle puff3 years ago
This is the most adorable thing and you worked so hard on it
I am saving it till i have grand babies!
OMNOMNOM! (in the first pic the bear is eating the baby)
Mishi21083 years ago
It came out perfectly! Thanks again!
jahnkekong3 years ago
genius! About how old/big is your baby? I love this idea
srsantafe3 years ago
What a nice costume,, adorable baby thanks for the instructable
Mishi21083 years ago
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.
hopefulham3 years ago
This is adorable! I would love to make this (someday)!
Ghostboy4804 years ago
LoL, it looks like a care bear ate your baby!!! XD
 So. Cute!!
Haha yea, Step one photo is awesome
Hello Kitty4 years ago
Saw your baby on 'babies making faces' - so cute!
Sherlock694 years ago
OMG this is the cutest costume project I've ever seen!!! And your baby is SO adorable!!!
That is just SOOO cute and wonderful! Now all I need is to get good at sewing! Very sweet baby too.
thinkdunson4 years ago
 your baby is unbearably cute.

pun not intended.
uglymike4 years ago
Now, if only I could find a 6 foot tall Carebear doll.
scoochmaroo (author)  uglymike4 years ago
Indeed. 
I'm planning on a coat for myself that uses up all of the tiny care bears.
But maybe we need to come up with a pattern for the adult version of this!
We should get seamster in on this too.  Right up his alley.
           Back in high school I made a pair of pants out of stuffed animals (ala Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers).  As far as the bear costume, you've inspired me and I've gotten some great ideas.  If any of them actually pan out you can bet you'll be seeing them here!  (Halloween Contest here I come)

          Mike
StoryAddict4 years ago
This is so awesome. I think picture #5 is my favorite.
 
scoochmaroo (author)  StoryAddict4 years ago
Yeah!  She's sooooo expressive.  I can make up an inner dialogue for every one of these photos.
scoochmaroo (author)  scoochmaroo4 years ago
I like picture #3 too where she's looking wryly at the camera.
StoryAddict4 years ago
And now she's just bleeding...way to make it more morbid :)
 
StoryAddict4 years ago
ROFL. I love the little bear crying next to the bag of "Care Bear Guts." While this ends up a very cute project, it is in fact very morbid.
 
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