As I'm sure everyone else has experienced, my buddies and I grew sick of buying expensive costumes made of cheap fabric that ended up a) falling apart by the end of the night, and b) being worn by someone else at whatever Halloween part we attended.
We decided to be original and came up with this Homemade Care Bears Group Costume which was a TOTAL hit.
Construction was relatively simple. Just bought plain colored t-shirts, felt fabric, felt shapes, etc. from the arts and craft store. We then made a couple of stops around town to find the matching pants (cheap pajama/sweat pants were not expensive). We did have to go to the Halloween store for the mouse ears but they were only $3-$4 apiece.
We cut big pieces of white felt in the shape of an oval and hot glued them to the shirts. The colorful shapes were all made from felt-arts and craft stores have a TON of different shapes (fun for the kids to decorate) feel free to cut sheets of felt in whatever shape you'd like!
The ears were made with felt and some mouse ears (the kind with the headband that goes over your head), you simply cut the desired shape with the felt and then staple (or glue) them to the mouse ears and...VOILA, YOU'RE A CARE BEAR!
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My aunt made this Care Bears Costume for my four children. They were very into the Carebears since I have old Care Bear toys and there is a cartoon on TV. Using a light fleece material and a lion (or any animal) pattern. Cropped the tails and added a small heart on the back side. Left off feet, we were going to use same colored socks and put those on after their shoes, but decided to skip that.
Back closes with Velcro so they can play dress up with these and they can get them on and off easily by themselves. She and her daughter drew the belly badges by hand, copying them from a Care Bear website. Then, cut them out of felt and sewed those on after wards. Could use iron on transfer paper, too.
My kids did not want to wear big heavy head pieces so we used headbands and sewed ears on them. I used markers to draw hearts on their noses. You see in the picture Funshine Bear (yellow), Bedtime Bear (blue), Love-a-Lot Bear (pink) and Share Bear (purple). Most people knew right away what they were.
This Homemade Care Bear Couple Costume was my solution to the shapeless maternity costume options out there. I knew I wanted to do something comfortable (because I was 6 months pregnant) but I didn’t want to be a huge hamburger or something like that. The best part was that after I saw my husband in the “Grumpy Bear” costume, I broke down in hysterics and couldn’t stop laughing for several minutes (there are photos of my reaction actually…he somehow knew that it was going to break me!)
Construction: I got some cheap Hanes sweat suits and one white sweat shirt to cut up for the belly front. The tummy picture image was done on my computer with iron on t-shirt transfers. I got $2 earmuffs and dismantled them…then sewed the “ear” back on in the bear-like fashion. The whole thing took an evening to complete once I got the idea down.
I highly recommend doing this to anyone who just wants to be warm and comfy…and get lots of smiles from anyone who sees you.
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