Wear a Blanket




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.

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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.

scotch tape

Step 2: Prepare the Pattern for the Arm/chest/neck

The McCalls pattern has more pieces and requires more sewing, but I think is a better fit overall.

My pattern is designed to require less sewing and cutting, but I'm not all that happy with it.  Just so you know.

The following instructions relate to assembling the free pattern I've provided.

Print out all the pattern pieces onto 8-1/2 x 11" inch paper.

Arrange the pieces for the arm/chest/neck pattern, matching up the numbered sheets to the diagram shown in the photo.

Tape all the pages together along the edges.  Trim away the light green outer region.

Step 3: Prepare the Pattern for the Legs/torso

Print out the pattern grid pieces for the leg/torso.

Line them up to match the first image.

Tape them together along the edge and trim away the light green outer area.

Step 4: Cut Pieces From Blanket

lay the arm/chest pattern along a fold of fabric and cut that out.

Do that twice to make two identical pieces.

Same for the leg/torso pattern.

Step 5: Prevent Shedding

This fluffy material will shed fuzzles forever unless you stitch all around every possible edge.

Take each cut piece, and sew all the way around it 2 or 3 times with a zigzag stitch.  I usually go around the perimeter three times just to be safe.  Two times might be enough.  This will prevent the material from shedding.

Step 6: Stitch Along Arm

right sides together, stitch along arm up to the chest mark

Step 7: Sew Arm to Torso

Fold the leg/torso piece in half lengthwise and mark the center with chalk as indicated.

Pin arm to torso, matching the arm seam from step 6 to the chalk mark.

Sew arm to the torso, starting at center mark and working outwards

Step 8: Create Leg Tubes

right sides together, sew the legs together along the inseam

Step 9: Attach Zipper

Pin the zipper to the torso starting at the neck and working down the front sides of the torso until you run out of zipper.

Hand baste into place to ensure alignment

Sew the zipper into place with sewing machine.

Step 10: Connect the Back

right sides together, sew both torso pieces together along the back, starting at the neck and working down to crotch. Stop when you reach the zipper.

Step 11: Finish Edges

Finish neck, arms and legs with a hem.

Now go and start some new Yeti rumors!

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    22 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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


    2 years ago

    wowie i like bears a lot. these things are cool bears. i attached a picture of some bears partying in case you've never seen such a majestic creature


    3 years ago

    Wow.. looking beautiful wonderful Kids Clothes Online thanks


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

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


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I love it. This is snuggie to the next level