how to make a care bear costume
Happy Halloween! It’s been an eventful weekend already, full of shenanigans and dancing and drinks and friends and fun. And I did it all in this:
I give you: Cara the Care Bear!
Cheer Bear, as a matter of fact.
Ok, so it’s a different shade of pink, but finding a pink sweatsuit was more difficult than anticipated. Keep reading to see how I made it and/or scroll to the bottom for a few more finished pics.
First I ordered the sweats from Hanes.com – I got a Medium shirt & Large bottoms, but I could’ve gotten a Medium in both, as they were pretty baggy. Then I picked up the rest of my materials from Michael’s:
First I sketched a circle onto a tee.
Then I cut it out – and I cut both layers of the tee, so that I’d have an extra circle if I messed up.
Next I pencil sketched an arch for the rainbow.
Then I just free-handed the rest of the arches of the rainbow in various colors of fabric puff paint.
After it dried, I filled in each stripe.
I actually got the wrong shade of blue, so I went over it later with a darker, more traditional royal blue. Then I placed the circle on the sweatshirt and marked where it would need to be applied.
Next up: stuffing!
They were out of any small packs of plain old stuffing, so I just bought a tiny pillow to use.
Even had a zipper – easy!
I placed the stuffing inside my markings, but I had a minor panic attack when I realized that the puff of the stuffing would stretch the fabric of the circle a bit, meaning my markings might be visible. Eeeks! I really had to stretch it a lot to make it work and cover my markings. So if you try it, maybe don’t make so many markings – just the top perhaps.
Then I hand-sewed all the way around the circle. Very time-consuming!
Next I went all the way around the edges with some clear glitter puff paint so that the circle would be doubly enforced. I think this was a good idea.
I ironed on a tiny heart patch to the back of my sweats. I could’ve just used paint, but I saw the patch & had to have it.
Then I outlined it in the fabric paint for a little extra sparkle.
Tada! Picked up some slippers and “magic” gloves from Target to make it almost complete.
I ordered my custom pink bear hood from the Etsy shop of raucousgoods. We had some communication issues, and I started to stress when it still wasn’t here the Thursday before Halloween weekend. It finally arrived on Friday – the day of my first party – so I guess all’s well that ends well!
Care Bear power!
CARE BEAR STARE!
My pink lashes looked great in the blacklight of my Friday night party:
But they were no good for Saturday’s party – I screwed up the application – so I just went with regular heavy eye makeup.
I’ll leave you with a few more pics. :)
Sonic the Hedgehog!
Mickey Mouse, a pirate, and pretty much THE SCARIEST COSTUME OF ALL TIME: THE SNICKERS LADY.
Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween weekend!