Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cheap But Adorable Care Bear Costume Tutorial

 Do you remember those cute ears and Care Bear bellies from this post? Well Halloween is just around the corner and I thought I would share the graphics I made and offer up a small tutorial just in case anyone is feeling like turning themselves or their adorable children into Care Bears this year!

First thing, you can find the tutorial for the ears here. I used cheap craft felt & embroidery thread from the craft store and it worked out very well.

Next, click on what tummy graphic you need below and a printable .pdf will open in another window for download. Please note there are two different sizes for each graphic. Large for adults and small for children.

Print this out on t-shirt transfer paper. Make sure it's for dark fabric or it will look funny and you will waste a t-shirt & transfer sheet. Because this is for a dark t-shirt you will not have to reverse your image before you print. 

Follow the printing directions on the package for best results. For the child size tummies you'll want to make sure you print it at it's actual size by choosing this option in your printer settings. For the adult sizes make sure you choose the "fit to page" option in your printer settings as the image is a tad bit larger than 8x11. 

Choose the same color shirt as the outline of the tummy graphic and make sure you are using a cotton t-shirt (long sleeve t-shirt is OK too) as anything else may burn under the heat needed to seal the graphic from the iron.
After printing carefully cut around the tummy image. Place it on the shirt where your belly is located and follow the ironing instructions on the transfer sheet package to attach it to the shirt.

And ta-da! You have an inexpensive, fairly easy to make costume for Halloween! I have also included the Care Bear butt heart graphic to download if you want to give your costume that extra touch. This would be applied in the same way as the t-shirt graphic.

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  1. Thank you!! This tutorial is perfect and the printables are adorable! Thank you for sharing. You made Halloween easy for me this year. I've pinned this page to my Pinterest's Halloween board also. :)

  2. Any chance you have these for grumpy, love a lot, harmony, and tender heart bear?

  3. Superbly written article, if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a far better place.. mother's day gift

  4. Hi these are perfect for Halloween Do you happen to have the Share Bear one Thanks


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