Easy DIY Infant Bear Costume

If you haven’t planned the baby’s Halloween costume yet, here is a quick DIY for you! This is as easy and inexpensive as it gets- I should know- I made three of them! I definitely can’t afford expensive costumes for all the kids this year, so I had to get creative. This DIY bear costume is perfect for infants and toddlers, and even those with beginner sewing skills can complete it. The costume base is a store bought fleece jacket, and it just builds from there. I purchased my jackets from Kohl’s for $6.99, and I had the rest of the supplies at home. So $6.99 for a costume? That’s about as cheap as it gets! Pair the jacket with matching brown pants for a full costume.

DIY Bear Costume Tutorial

Supplies:

  • Dark brown fleece zip-up jacket with hood
  • Dark brown scrap fleece
  • Tan scrap fleece
  • Thread to match and sewing machine

Lay out the fleece jacket flat.

Bear Costume from It Happens in a Blink

Cut a circle from the tan fabric. I used a small bowl. The circle should fit nicely in the middle of the jacket.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Pin the circle to the middle of the jacket.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Sew using a zig-zag stitch. Do not sew over the zipper. This needs to be usable to make sure the jacket can fit over the baby’s head.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Bear Costume Tutorial

Cut loose threads.

Now begin with ears. Cut small ear (2) and large ear (4) patterns.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Pin small ear in the middle of large ear. Stitch using a zig zag stitch.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Pin this ear to a plain ear, right sides together. Stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance. Clip curves and trim bulk.

Turn ear right side out.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Do the same with the other ear.

Now cut slits in the top of the jacket to insert the ears. I cut a 3″ slit, 3″ from the middle and 3″ from the edge.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Insert ear into slit, turning under raw edges.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Stitch close to the fold.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Do the same for other ear.

Bear Costume Tutorial

Finished! The zipper can be undone from the inside to make it slide easily over the baby’s head.

DIY Bear Costume Tutorial

We used this costume for our BRAVE family Halloween. Since we have triplet boys, they were all bears. Our daughter was Merida! See her costume {here}.

Merida Costume Simplicity pattern

 

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Melanie, I’ve found your project stash and I’ve linked sth. I love, love love your bear costume! your tutorial is great, I have to make a she bear costume for my baby girl (7 months). I’ll link this project, it’s really cute! thanks!

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