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I grew up with the stories of Paddington Bear, and have story books by Michael Bond here that I've shared with the kids over the years, so when I was asked to come up with something fun to celebrate the upcoming release of the movie PADDINGTON on January 16, I literally jumped at the chance. Watch the trailer here.
Of course, Marisol wanted something made for her and seeing as she loves dressing up her dolls and soft toys so much I decided to make an outfit for one of her Build-A-Bear's.
I am pretty sure that this cute bear will be coming to see the movie with us.
Want to make your own PADDINGTON inspired outfit for a Build-A-Bear? Here's how:
Note: I chose one of her larger bears to make this, but it fits nicely on her smaller bears too.
What you need:
- Felt - red and blue
- Sewing machine and blue thread
The first thing you need to do is measure your bear. You need the coat length and width, along with the arm length and width.
Using those measurements sketch a basic coat pattern onto paper. You will need to add around 2 inches either side to allow for the seams and for the coat to wrap around the bear.
You will need to cut out three pieces for the main section of the coat - 2 front pieces that mirror each other and a back piece.
Cut just half of the front from the paper, pin it to the fold in the felt and cut around it to make the back piece. Then pin it again to the folded over felt, but not on the fold this time and cut it out again, this will make the mirror-image for the front pieces.
Sew the shoulders of the coat together.
Cut two pieces of felt to make the arms adding a little extra to each side for the seams.
Open up your coat and pin the arms into place.
Sew the shoulder seams together.
Fold over the end of the sleeve and sew into place, and then sew the inside seam for each of the arms.
Next, sew the side seam on each side for the coat, the hem the top (around the neck) and bottom.
Cut two 2 inch panels of felt, fold over and sew to the front (left and right) of the coat to give it a nice finished look.
Next, you are going to add the buttons.
Loop a short piece of rope through the holes in each button and then stitch the rope into place on the front of the left side of the coat. Cut off any excess strands.
Make loops of rope on the right side of the jacket and stitch those into place too.
Now your bear will be nice and warm.
Next up is the hat.
To get an approximate size for the brim I placed several cereal bowls on top of the bears head. Cut around the bowl leaving extra for a seam, and then cut out a center hole using a cup as a guide.
Measure the inside circle and cut a piece of red felt approximately 3 inches wide to fit. Pin the strip to the inside of the circle and then sew the two pieces together.
Cut an oval shape from the red felt that's the size of the opening in the top of the hat, pin it, and sew that into place too. This makes the perfect floppy hat shape that can be bent and creased a little for the perfect hat look.
Cut two small pieces of elastic (about 3-4 inches long) and sew those in place on either side inside the hat. This is to attach the hat to the bear's ears.
Last but not least, use a small gift tag and rope to make a little tag that reads 'please look after this bear, thank you'.
And there you have it, a handmade Paddington Bear outfit for a Build-A-Bear.
And don't forget to take him along when you see PADDINGTON on January 16th.
Here are some details from the movie.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you." and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
PADDINGTON stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.
Learn more about the PADDINGTON movie here:
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