Introduction: Care Bear Coat

The Care Bear Coat is the coat that hugs you back!  You just can't be blue when you've got a passel of Care Bears swarming you.  Plus I can truly show I Care-a-lot while Battling the Freeze Machine.

Back when I made the Baby Care Bear Costume, I also began collecting smaller Care Bears to one day assemble into a jacket.  It took four lots from eBay and two different understructures to pull together (Care Bears are deceptively heavy when gathered en masse!), but I was finally able to realize my dream and present to you, dear audience, the Care Bear Coat. 

The coat uses 45 Care Bears (from 6"-8" in size), and easily weighs 12 pounds.  I made a stuffed rainbow collar to finish the look and planted a few plush clouds along the collar to add a little extra cuteness (which it was clearly lacking, right?)  I pinned the Care Bears to the coat and sewed them in place from the inside.  

So, ok, you might ask "why?"  "Why, Scooch, why."  The only answer I have is because I had to.  I just did.  And I've learned by now that when the creative voices start speaking, it's best to just listen to them and get out of their way.  

Besides, it's 200th Instructable.  I can do what I want! 
Where will I wear it?   No idea.  Somewhere, some day when I feel like I need to receive a lot of hugs from strangers and children.  Did I mention two of the bears talk? 

And if nothing else, I bet it would be a big hit at Burning Man!


nkohlheim made it! (author)2014-10-15

you better get some rights for this! looks like some Jeremy Scott stuff. very awesome :D

charlieanderin made it! (author)2013-06-24

I wore that and my four year old little sisters started acusing me of murdering care bears my mom couldn't stop laughing

iceng made it! (author)2013-02-14

Your getup would show super well at the Burning Man.
See some desert costumes in The Secret of Soot.
A Burning man ible that I shamelessly toot
Bear Coat & your winning ibles, I'm a longtime fan..

Antzy Carmasaic made it! (author)2012-07-22

saw this in the newspaper a few days back..

Dartssnake made it! (author)2012-07-11

These are the first thing I thought of...

Flea's (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Muppet Skin Pants...

Kiteman made it! (author)2012-06-25

Dang, 200th ible - I've got to get my behind back into gear!

milkywaybar made it! (author)milkywaybar2012-07-08

Me Too! (I have a lot of work ahead of me, though!)

pfred2 made it! (author)2012-06-27

I find this extremely disturbing. You don't happen to have a necklace made out of ears do you?

scoochmaroo made it! (author)scoochmaroo2012-07-01

Not yet, but inspiring!

pfred2 made it! (author)pfred22012-07-07

The necklace made out of ears comment is an obscure reference to a B movie one of my screen heroes is in:

Universal Soldier

Dolph Lundgren has a necklace of ears made out of his victims in it, which at one point he shakes, and says, "I'm all ears ..." I think it was supposed to be creepy, but it was very campy too!

Kitana Kellaway made it! (author)2012-07-05

Aww so cute I don't have this many care bears but is it possible to make a curtin out of these things?

wanna beco made it! (author)2012-07-01

Is anyone else feeling weird about this, I suddenly find care bears very sexy!

Kitana Kellaway made it! (author)Kitana Kellaway2012-07-05

That's a bit creepy

studleylee made it! (author)studleylee2012-07-02

Agreed ;-) Sexy!

Kelticpaddler made it! (author)Kelticpaddler2012-07-02

Strangely, yes, I do too :O)

Bosun Rick made it! (author)2012-07-03

I know it would be a hassle, but can you 'gut' the carebears & re-stuff with tiny (smaller than a BB) styrofoam balls? I thinking scraping them off a piece of styro insulation & pack them inside the bears bodies? I think you'd reduce the weight of the coat by an easy 75%

scoochmaroo made it! (author)scoochmaroo2012-07-03

I did begin by gutting the bears, thinking I would use just the pelts. But that looked really weird. And the process of gutting them is surprisingly intense. These bears are seriously engineered!

pedrobedro made it! (author)2012-07-02

I just can't stop looking (at the coat ) So many bears !

PitStoP made it! (author)2012-07-01

Just four words!
Out of this world!

NoahLonger made it! (author)2012-07-01

This reminds me of Flea's pants (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

onemoroni1 made it! (author)2012-07-01

Looks like bears covering the bare necessities. Seriously, very creative and should generate some spin-offs. Peace

MsLynne707 made it! (author)2012-07-01

So cool and when I saw this my first thought was Burning Man as I've been 3 times, and your last sentence was you thought it would go good @ Burning Man, any way way cooooool even though a bit heavy at 12 lbs for playa wear.............

Andilinn made it! (author)2012-07-01

Bizarre yet outstanding! I don't even like Care Bears, but I want that coat! That is truly awesome. Weird. I don't know why I like it, I just do. Art, - amazing isn't it?

pilez made it! (author)2012-07-01

That is just awesome, in a slightly disturbing way for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, but awesome nonetheless!

eschneck made it! (author)2012-07-01

One more thing to cross off my Bucket List ... LOL

Korbl made it! (author)2012-07-01

When I first saw the title in my inbox, I thought it was about making a coat from a giant care bare plush. This is... interesting, heh.

veeguy made it! (author)2012-07-01

Your subtitle could be: "Goldilocks and the 3(00) bears"

I wanna party with you!

andysuth made it! (author)2012-07-01

If I wore this people would assume I wanted to hide in a kids toy box....

Nice make!

onrust made it! (author)2012-07-01

Nice bear skin :)

askjerry made it! (author)2012-07-01

That's just crazy!

(I mean that like in crazy cool... not crazy like... quick hide the sharp objects.)

That would fit right in here in Austin, TX. Great job!

Michael_oz made it! (author)2012-07-01

and a beary beary nice beary button ;

triumphman made it! (author)2012-06-30

Lets go clubbing and see what happens !

triumphman made it! (author)2012-06-30


Keko made it! (author)2012-06-27

Wild. i don't really know what else to say. Scoochmaroo, you are the heart and soul of this entire website. You rock so hard! I'm not kidding.

BubbleandSweet made it! (author)2012-06-27

Ooooh Care Bare Coat Rocks. ♥'n it :)

aristocob made it! (author)2012-06-27

My son made something similar back in high school for his then girlfriend, who is now his bride. The difference is he only used the "pelts", if you know what I mean. Very well done and it made me smile.

Mrballeng made it! (author)2012-06-26

This would fit right in at the Electric Daisy Carnival. I love it!

MomLovesElectro made it! (author)MomLovesElectro2012-06-26

That was the first thing I thought also. ;) (once upon a time, I was a raver!)

Mongpoovian made it! (author)2012-06-26

This is FANTASTIC. A fitting project for your 200th Instructable! Congratulations!

JosiePosie76 made it! (author)2012-06-26

You have just outdone Lady GaGa in the cutest way possible!!!! It's zany, crazy and adorable..... I wanna hug you right now!!
Congrats on your 200th and the cutest coat...EVER!

RollerScrapper made it! (author)2012-06-26

I love it! The collar totally makes the coat! I used to have a growing collection of care bears that i had won in the claw machine. I never would have thought of something this creative. Also I wanted to mention that i was able to convince my husband that we needed the 53 inch teddy bear from costco because I said it would make am awesome costume and referenced your care bear costume. He now calls it the big mistake, but I know it is going to be awesome one halloween

linda1 made it! (author)2012-06-26

I'm shocked! Daring ... yet adorable! Congrats on your 200th!

HMice made it! (author)2012-06-25

Ancient hunter skins its teddy-like victims and makes a coat from their skins! RAWR!

AlysiaMakes made it! (author)2012-06-25

I've been wanting to make a stuffed animal coat for some time... Thanks for the ible, it might get this project moved up on my list far enough to have it in time for burning man ;)

tech dawg made it! (author)2012-06-25

care bears kinda scare me......says the one with the scarecrow mask ible'

rrkrose made it! (author)2012-06-25

Congrats on your 200th instructable!

P.S this is awesome!

Doone valley made it! (author)2012-06-25

Amazing and original,just like Scoochmaroo's.
Many congratulations on your 200th Instructables! So many brilliant ideas. I love that idea that when creative voices start speaking it's best to just listen to them and get out of their way.

scoochmaroo made it! (author)scoochmaroo2012-06-25

Thanks you! :D

raja681 made it! (author)2012-06-25

Is it just me or do you think this would be really good for burning man or a festival of that sort

fjordcarver made it! (author)2012-06-25

I hope that you'll be wearing this to your 'Household Name' party, when you crack 10000000 views.
Fabulous!! (My little girl would love this)

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