My youngest is 5 years old and loves her teddy bears. She also loves dress up and loves to dress her bears up. I love how she creates entire story lines all about what they’re doing. So, I thought a princess costume would be so much fun for her.
Have you heard about #ShareABear? I know a teddy bear can be such a comfort for children. When my kids have been in the hospital, they’ve had teddy bears donated to them, and it made them feel not so scared.
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Even though my daughters are 10 years apart, they still have a special bond. When my teenager gets busy, they both miss each other. When we received three Snuggle Bears, my 5 year old wanted to give one to her big sister to hug when they’re apart. Check out the video:
Then, when I gave my youngest daughter her new teddy bear princess costume, she loved it! Does your little one’s teddy bear need a costume? Let’s turn her into a princess!
- 2 rolls of tulle
- 2 ft of grosgrain ribbon
- baby stretch headband
- some embellishments
- a piece of cardboard or foam board about 8 x 9 inches
- glue gun
First, cut a piece of cardboard or foam board to about 8 x 9 inches. It does not have to be perfect. Cut a small slit up near a corner like the picture below.
Put the raw edge of the tulle in that slit and wrap the tulle around and around the board. I used the entire roll of each tulle. When you’ve used one entire roll, cut one edge of the tulle like the picture above. This will give you the pieces to thread through the headband.
Here’s a quick little video to show you how I thread the tulle through the bottom of the headband.
Once you’ve added the tulle all the way around, you might need to trim the tulle. I cut mine to end up right at the bear’s feet.
This is step optional, but I like to do it. I just find some matching embellishments in my sewing stash. This was a little flower I cut off some trim and hot glued it.
I put a little piece of cardboard between the front and back of the headband so the hot glue wouldn’t drip through the holes of the headband.
Once the glue was dry, I added the ribbon at the top so I could tie the dress onto the teddy bear. Insert the ribbon in the middle of the top of the headband just like you did with the tulle to knot it onto the headband.
That’s it! It took me less than an hour to whip this cute little dress up. Then, we made a little pipe cleaner crown to finish her princess outfit.
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Are you going to #ShareABear and help Snuggle? I can’t wait to see your photos and videos!