Picture of Inflatable Teddy Bear/LED Costume/Power Glove

This was a behemoth of a project involving an inflatable costume, a LED costume, and a glove that controlled the colors and patterns of the LEDs.

I’ve been wanting to make an inflatable creature that would give birth to me for a while now (lots of my friend’s are having babies, so I guess my subconscious is trying to digest this).  In this project, the giant evil mama bear gives birth to a slutty baby bear with LEDs, who then performs a LED hula-hoop number.  After the main show I used the “power glove” to control the led lights while dancing and socializing.

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Step 1: Evil Teddy Bear 1: Sketching

Picture of Evil Teddy Bear 1: Sketching
I’m a firm believer is sketching lots of ideas first.  After deciding what we are doing, we can start making!

The nylon to use is important.  I found that an impermeable nylon was more important than a lightweight nylon.  I went to the fabric store and tried to blow air through the nylon.  If air can’t go through, then it’s good. If air can't go through, and it’s a light fabric that is better.  Parachutes are made of rip stop nylon or ballistic nylon, which I couldn’t find.  I guess if you can find this it would work better.

Step 2: Sketch and Cut Out Shapes

Picture of Sketch and Cut Out Shapes
Sketch the shapes- I made different pieces for the head, body, legs, and arms.  Lay two layers of nylon flat, sketch out the shapes with chalk, and cut two identical pieces. Sew the pieces together with a French seam.

This photo is after I attached the head and one leg.  I blew it up with a hairdryer to test.  I started with the first half of a French seam until everything looked good.  I finished the french seam at the very end.
hinaqin6 months ago

This is quite interesting. Inflatables with LED! Once i saw some vedio on youtube, the NBA is also playing inftatables.

LOve the hooping. WHat brand LED Hoops do u use?
jgulick (author)  sailormoon224913 years ago
I bought them from I've had them for over a year and done LOTS of shows with them. They are still holding up.
dpedrosa3 years ago
This stuff is SOOOOO amazing!
I'm definitely gonna try making my own at home!
Thanks for the amazing (and clear) TIPS!!!!!!
jgulick (author)  dpedrosa3 years ago
Thanks :-)