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Halloween Part 2 – Care Bear Count Down

As a child I REALLY liked the Care Bears – my bed donned with Care Bear sheets and playtime filled with the Care Bear count down.  I remember being so envious of some family friends I played with that had plastic Care Bear figurines with a heart shaped cloud carrier.

So, when I did a search on Amazon for kids’ costumes and saw that I could get a plush Care Bear costume for my daughter to wear on Halloween, I barely had to give it a second thought!

Funshine Bear
Funshine Bear
Grumpy Bear
Grumpy Bear

Shortly after receiving the adorable plush costume in the mail for Elise, I realized I needed some coordinating outfits for my husband and I to wear.  While I certainly could have purchased one of the many Care Bear cosplay outfits available on Amazon, I thought I could definitely make something to save a little money. Here is a blog post that provided the basic premise for my costumes and also has GREAT instructions on a sewing-free version using craft glue.

Felt cutouts for Funshine Bear
Felt cutouts for Funshine Bear
Appliqued felt for Funshine Bear
Appliqued felt for Funshine Bear

I started with getting a couple of plain t-shirts in colors that I knew correlated to Care Bear characters and some felt to appliqué on “belly badges.” From there, I just copied the designs from pictures of the bears and used a zig zag stitch around the felt designs to secure the felt. The face of the sun was also made using a zigzag stitch with a low stitch width, making the stitches close together.

Felt cutouts for Grumpy Bear
Felt cutouts for Grumpy Bear
Appliqued felt for Grumpy Bear
Appliqued felt for Grumpy Bear

For the bear ears, I decided the best option would be fleece hats with ears sewn in. Also, they would keep our heads warm on a cool evening! I found a kids pattern and tutorial that I used to get the basic idea of how to make them, then went about cutting out my own in coordinating yellow and light blue colors.

Fleece hat cutouts
Fleece hat cutouts

I also cut out ears for each hat and used white felt for the inside of the ear. To get the sizing for the template of the hat, I used one of my husbands stocking caps. Taking into consideration that it was knit and would stretch more than the fleece, I made my hat pieces a bit larger.

Pinning and sewing the ears
Pinning and sewing the ears
Sewing the hat
Sewing the hat
Finished Grumpy Bear hat
Finished Grumpy Bear hat

First, I sewed the ears. I pinned the felt to the fleece, right sides together. The fleece was bigger than the felt so I tried to gather the fabric in a uniform way with the base of the ear matching up. Once both ears were turned right side out, I pinned them inside the hat. *Note – make sure to pin the ears a little farther apart than you will want them in the finished hat. I had to rip our my seam the first time because the ears were too close together after the next step of sewing the “V.”

With the right sides together I sewed around the hat and then sewed the “V” closed.  Finally, I turned the bottom of the felt under about an inch and used a zigzag stitch to tack the hem of the hat.

The costumes ended up working great and while I am a little biased, I think our family of 3 (see picture below) looked pretty cute! I was hoping to save them to reuse maybe for another year… but sadly I will have to remake Grumpy Bear’s costume because my husband (innocently) tossed it in the washing machine and dryer the next morning and the felt shrunk. Word to the wise – if you plan to wash these costumes and reuse, pre-wash your felt OR hand wash/hang dry!

Finished Care Bear Costumes
Finished Care Bear Costumes

Family Care Bear picture

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One thought on “Halloween Part 2 – Care Bear Count Down

  1. One final comment – I wish I had made the white belly badges a little bigger… Something to consider if you are trying this on your own.

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