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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!
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I wore that and my four year old little sisters started acusing me of murdering care bears my mom couldn't stop laughing
iceng1 year ago
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..

saw this in the newspaper a few days back..
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Dartssnake2 years ago
These are the first thing I thought of...

Flea's (Red Hot Chili Peppers) Muppet Skin Pants...
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Kiteman2 years ago
Dang, 200th ible - I've got to get my behind back into gear!

Me Too! (I have a lot of work ahead of me, though!)
pfred22 years ago
I find this extremely disturbing. You don't happen to have a necklace made out of ears do you?
scoochmaroo (author)  pfred22 years ago
Not yet, but inspiring!
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!
Aww so cute I don't have this many care bears but is it possible to make a curtin out of these things?
wanna beco2 years ago
Is anyone else feeling weird about this, I suddenly find care bears very sexy!
That's a bit creepy

Agreed ;-) Sexy!
Strangely, yes, I do too :O)
Bosun Rick2 years ago
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 (author)  Bosun Rick2 years ago
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!
pedrobedro2 years ago
I just can't stop looking (at the coat ) So many bears !
PitStoP2 years ago
Just four words!
Out of this world!
NoahLonger2 years ago
This reminds me of Flea's pants (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
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onemoroni12 years ago
Looks like bears covering the bare necessities. Seriously, very creative and should generate some spin-offs. Peace
MsLynne7072 years ago
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.............
Andilinn2 years ago
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?
pilez2 years ago
That is just awesome, in a slightly disturbing way for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, but awesome nonetheless!
eschneck2 years ago
One more thing to cross off my Bucket List ... LOL
Korbl2 years ago
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.
veeguy2 years ago
Your subtitle could be: "Goldilocks and the 3(00) bears"

I wanna party with you!
andysuth2 years ago
If I wore this people would assume I wanted to hide in a kids toy box....

Nice make!
onrust2 years ago
Nice bear skin :)
askjerry2 years ago
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_oz2 years ago
and a beary beary nice beary button ;
triumphman2 years ago
Lets go clubbing and see what happens !
triumphman2 years ago
OVER THE TOP!
Keko2 years ago
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.
Ooooh Care Bare Coat Rocks. ♥'n it :)
aristocob2 years ago
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.
Mrballeng2 years ago
This would fit right in at the Electric Daisy Carnival. I love it!
That was the first thing I thought also. ;) (once upon a time, I was a raver!)
Mongpoovian2 years ago
This is FANTASTIC. A fitting project for your 200th Instructable! Congratulations!
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!
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
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