April 6, 2008

Craftster Craft Challenge #26, A Beary Warm Hoodie

Filed under: Projects — laupre @ 5:56 am

It time again for another Craft Challenge! I posted a teaser photo of the Cuddly Cousins last time, and now it’s time to show those cute little teddy’s fate!

my new fur lined hoodie

Click more below to read about the challenge, process, and final piece.

Click this link to hop over to Craftster and check out the contest entries.

This post does contain graphic images of teddy bear disassembly 🙂

I just love these monthly challenges! I can’t resist them.

I went to the Dollar Tree with no idea as to what I was going to make, but I figured I’d probably be sewing. i decided that i wasn’t just going to blow $10 on crap that I wouldn’t use after the challenge, though, so it made it a little more difficult. There is quite a variety of materials you can choose from there, but when it comes to fabric items, they’re all pretty sad quality. I lucked out when I found some decent quality fleece scarves, though. They were nice and big, and not the same thin stuff they use for the other scarves and for their baby blankets. They only came in white, though. I grabbed a couple of them and wandered around looking for something to accent them with. It was when I came across the Cuddly Cousins that I knew I had found my muse.

I’m a big fan of using faux fur over the real thing!
I purchased 7 bears and 3 fleece scarves. I got quite a few interesting looks riding home on the bus with a big pile of teddys all around me.

Warm and soft I knew they would be perfect for lining the hood and adding a little flair, but first I had to get the fur to a point where I could use it.
Don’t worry, I was very gentle. I used my scalpel (Xacto) to carefully remove the stitches down the back of the bear, removed his fluff (all saved to be used for other projects), and disassembled the pieces of his body. Finally, I sewed the odd pieces of fur into straight strips to make a solid fabric I could cut my pieces from.

Stitching up the fleece body of the coat wasn’t too difficult, it was just a basic bodice with some darts in the back. I had a little trouble getting the sleeves right. I wanted to get both sleeves from one scarf and because of that I had to make up some funky gussets for the underarms. I probably should have used a pattern for them, since I’m just terrible at sleeves, but they turned out alright I think. I fur lined the hood, added ties at the top of the front with cute little fur balls at the ends, lined the cuffs, and made two pockets for the front (they’re fur on the outside and lined inside with fleece scraps) and bear ears on the hood (I only pinned these on, so I can take them off if I want). Finally I added the only material that didn’t come from the dollar store, an old zipper I had on hand.

If I were to do things differently, I would have used four scarves and six bears instead, I had one bear left over at the end. I call him Lucky:

Doesn't he look happy?Nice and cozy wrapped in the fur of his cousins

I’m not sure what I’ll do with the left over heads yet, but I’s sure it will be interesting. For now I use them to practice juggling!

/\ Super cozy hood fully lined with fur

/\ The ties at the front in a cute bow

/\ Front, hood up

/\Back, hood up

It’s nice and warm. These photos were taken on a pretty chilly morning, and I was quite comfortable!


  1. I love the first photo, the fur lined and ears are sooo cute!

    Comment by mylittlestitches — April 6, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  2. its amazing..i want to make one but the big question is can you wash the fuzzy fabric in the wash and dryer without messing it up

    Comment by sarah — April 7, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  3. “but the big question is can you wash the fuzzy fabric in the wash and dryer without messing it up”

    I didn’t have any problems washing and drying my hoodie. I used the gentle setting on the dryer, and fluffed up the fur afterwards. looks good as new!

    Comment by laupre — April 7, 2008 @ 6:09 am

  4. awesome job! I love this project! It’s such a great idea!

    Comment by Eliea — April 7, 2008 @ 6:17 pm

  5. Hi,

    I would love to reprint your entire post here on my website on for the benefit of the craftminded folks there. It will be of course with full credits to you and to dollartree for the challenge idea. I especially like the fact that you didn’t just go and putchase fabric or materials already cut for the pattern as they are in some cases. This is true craftsmanship. So what do you think? If it’s okay with you and doesn’t pose any legal difficulties with this host, then let me know. I appreciate it very much. Have a wonderful week.

    Steve Opperman

    Comment by Steve Opperman — April 7, 2008 @ 7:39 pm

  6. Wow! I love your innovative approach. It’s amazing what happens when you put a creative touch on something so common! Oh and the jacket is one of the cutest I’ve seen…definitely a winner!

    Comment by Latarsha — May 2, 2008 @ 5:52 am

  7. that just blows my mind! I cannot believe you got teddy bears and scarves and made the cutest jacket ever! that’s beyond good imagination, that’s freakin’ MAGIC!

    Comment by Shannon — July 1, 2008 @ 12:13 am

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  10. Again with the blowing my mind bit- I made several pairs of wrap pants using your tutorial and now I want to make one of these cuz it looks warm and fuzzy! You’re just incredible!

    Comment by hellesbelles86 — November 13, 2008 @ 2:22 pm

  11. Oh my… You need to marry me. I bought about four of those exact bears for an ex-girlfriend. Very charming.

    Comment by Chris — May 13, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

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