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Have you ever been underneath a blanket and didn't want to get up because you know it'd be too cold?

Now you don't have to.  This blanket goes where you go!

This project takes the 'snuggie' to the next logical level.  It's a blanket you can wear.

Around my house, we call this affectionately a 'bear suit'.

Step 1: Things you need

sewing machine
a soft cuddly blanket with enough fabric to fit all the pattern pieces onto.  I found that a King Size blanket will give you around 1 and 1/2 bear suits.  A queen size is about right.  You might need two twin sized blankets to do one.  My favorite blanket in the whole world are these fluffy microplush blankets from Target:  The Threshold Fuzzy Blanket.   (http://www.target.com/p/threshold-fuzzy-blanket/-/A-14517614) They are the softest most wonderful blankets when they are new.  My only complaint about them is they get nappy the more you wash them and they eventually lose the fluffiness of a new one.  But they are still warm as can be.   They usually go on sale in the fall for around $40 a piece, but by spring, they are often discounted down to $25.  So that is the best time to buy them.

matching thread
The longest dual separating zipper you can find.  I've been using 36" dual separating parka zippers.  However, the longer the better.  If you can get a zipper that goes all the way around, that means you can get back rubs without removing your bear suit!

A pattern for a big roomy jumper with a front zipper.  I took a stab at drafting my own pattern for this project to ensure that it is a 100% original design and I'm including that pattern here.  However, I'm happier generally with the pattern I bought from McCalls, number M6106 (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6106-products-10917.php?page_id=915) which has raglan sleeves and is one size fits all.   If you plan to do this project I recommend the commercial pattern over this one I made.

chalk
scissors
scotch tape

 
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lindarose929 months ago

I love this! I've always wanted to get one so I will probably follow your instructions soon to actually make one! :)

foobear (author)  lindarose929 months ago

Thank you! Have you seen this somewhere else before? Just curious.

If you make one, I recommend the McCalls pattern over mine, but anyway. Please post a photo if you make it! Thanks again!

The ones I saw in some stores were just blankets with sleeves so they weren't exactly like this one.

I will definitely post a pictures here if/when I make it! :D

Sounds like you have some child regressive issues or a desire to channel Chewebacca

foobear (author)  daxxvondrachen9 months ago

Actually, we have child regressive *skills*

kellyjokeefe9 months ago
How awesome! This instructable was a fun read :)
foobear (author)  kellyjokeefe9 months ago

thx!!

Johnkaye9 months ago

Great Instructable! I enjoy seeing what people cam make with their hands. In this case you have re-invented the Forever Lazy. www,foreverlazy.com. I own four of these and put one on as soon as I get up during the winter. It stays on until I have breakfast and shower or sometimes all day if I'm not going out.

foobear (author)  Johnkaye9 months ago
Thank you. Hmm. I see two things wrong with the forever lazy. Footies mean you get a wedgie if you bend over. Made of flannel, not a blanket. Glad you appreciate the idea though.
Vampyra659 months ago

I am impressed actually that this is an instructable by a man , I'm not trying to be a jerk. It's very nicely done. Looking forward to seeing more from you in the future.

foobear (author)  Vampyra659 months ago
I am always amused when people think I am a man. Actually my very tolerant husband is being a model for me. Thank you for the compliment anyway!
Quick-tune9 months ago

Its a onesie!... without feet, u could sew a sock onto the bottom of each leg!

foobear (author)  Quick-tune9 months ago
Yes, I thought about that, but the problem is it's so easy to get a wedgie if you bend over. In order to get the leg length right for feet, you wind up with an outfit that gives you a wedgie when you bend over. You could affix the feet with elastic ankles, but I hate elastic. So, there's my reasoning there.
So it's basically a onesie?
foobear (author)  pyromaniac1234567899 months ago
Well, I suppose it is. But it's made of a blanket.
wazzup1059 months ago

Cool (or rather warm!), but could use a hood IMO.

foobear (author)  wazzup1059 months ago

Sure, a hood is an option, but I don't want to sleep in something with a hood on it, just personally.

mvieke9 months ago

I love it. This is snuggie to the next level

foobear (author)  mvieke9 months ago

hehe thanks!

M3G9 months ago
That looks SO comfortable