Halloween has come and gone, but it is never too early to get a jump on next year. Here is an easy costume idea that is fun and comfortable. The best part? It can be made from things laying around your house.

I made Love-a-lot Bear, but you can use the same techniques to make other bears as well. This tutorial is broken down into four sections: tummy patch, ears, tail, and accessories.

 

 

Tummy Patch:

Supplies:

  • Shirt/dress that is the color of your bear
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Scissors
  • Scrap fabric (colors should correspond to desired tummy patch)
  • Scrap paper (optional)
  • Safety pins (if you want to only temporarily attach tummy patch to shirt/dress- otherwise you can just glue the pieces directly onto the item of clothing)

 

1. Lay out the dress/shirt you are going to use for your costume.

 

2. Place a piece of white fabric onto the tummy of the dress.

 

3. Cut the fabric in the shape of a circle to the desired size.

 

4. Cut small snips around the edge of the circle.

 

5. Using hot glue, fold the edges over and glue into place to create a smooth outline.

 

The base tummy patch should look something like this.

 

6. Now add your Care Bear symbol. You can make a stencil using scrap paper to figure out the size and shape you will need.

 

7. Use the scrap paper as an outline…
… and cut it out so that you have a little excess on each side.

 

8. Repeat the process of cutting snips along the edges, folding them over, and hot gluing in place.

 

9. Make all the components you will need for you tummy symbol.

 

10. To add a border, cut a strip of scrap fabric that is long enough for each side of your design.

 

11. Run a line of hot glue down the middle and glue the sides inward to create a thin border.

 

12. Hot glue the border along the edges of your design.

 

 

13. Glue the design to the tummy patch.

 

14. Optional: You can also add a border to the entire tummy patch if you so desire.

 

15. Either hot glue to the shirt/dress or, if you want to be able to wear the shirt/dress again without the tummy patch, attach with safety pins. To do this, pin the design into place, flip the garment inside out, and secure with safety pins on the inside.

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