I volunteered to be a running buddy for Girls on the Run. Since their practice 5k was the day before Halloween (yesterday), they encouraged costumes. But of course, I am currently about 5 1/2 months pregnant, so I decided to go as a Care Bear. In particular Grumpy Bear. Care Bears have big tummies, right?!
I didn’t go all out, because of my restrictions (pregnant, cooler weather, thought of it the day before, etc), but I did my best. The shirt is obviously the main focus, and it was beyond easy to make. As long as you have a printer & an iron, along with a craft store for a cheap shirt ($2.50 for me) and some print-on/iron-on sheets ($7.99/3 pack), you are good to go.
I decided to go with Grumpy Bear because the store I went to (Joanns) was out of yellow shirts in my size (I would have preferred Funshine Bear) and as a pregnant lady, Grumpy Bear suits me quite nicely ;) I found THIS symbol for Grumpy Bear’s tummy and printed it on a print & iron-on sheet.
I free hand cut a rounded shape (good enough for me) and then ironed it on. I really doesn’t take much to iron it on, but I went over it a few times, just to be sure.
I also added a little heart, cut by my own hand, out of a scrap piece of heat transfer vinyl I had. That went on the back right side of the shirt. (*should have moved the heart more towards the middle of the back, it was on my hip with the currently placement.)
As for the rest of the costume, I did my hair to look like ‘bear ears’ because I didn’t want to wear a headband with ears on it. I figured that might get annoying, and I also just didn’t want to make one ;) I threw on some matching blue bows, for the fun of it!
Pretty basic & simple costume overall, but for a practice 5K, with 3-5 grade girls (and I was the only one in a costume!!) I felt like it was a job well done. Here are some more ideas to upgrade this Care Bear costume, if I had (1) more time to plan this costume (2) warmer weather (3) even colder weather (4) wasn’t pregnant, etc.
*wear matching tights/sweats/shorts with a bear tail & heart on the butt (rather than the shirt)
*wear a hoodie (instead of a T) with bear ears in the hood
*running shorts with compression socks that match the shirt color
*shoes to match (I’m actually surprised that out of all the Mizuno Wave Rider shoes I have, there wasn’t a blue to match)
*a group of friends to be the rest of the Care Bears