Have you ever been underneath a blanket and didn't want to get up because you know it'd be too cold?
Now you don't have to. This blanket goes where you go!
This project takes the 'snuggie' to the next logical level. It's a blanket you can wear.
Around my house, we call this affectionately a 'bear suit'.
Step 1: Things You Need
a soft cuddly blanket with enough fabric to fit all the pattern pieces onto. I found that a King Size blanket will give you around 1 and 1/2 bear suits. A queen size is about right. You might need two twin sized blankets to do one. My favorite blanket in the whole world are these fluffy microplush blankets from Target: The Threshold Fuzzy Blanket. (http://www.target.com/p/threshold-fuzzy-blanket/-/A-14517614) They are the softest most wonderful blankets when they are new. My only complaint about them is they get nappy the more you wash them and they eventually lose the fluffiness of a new one. But they are still warm as can be. They usually go on sale in the fall for around $40 a piece, but by spring, they are often discounted down to $25. So that is the best time to buy them.
The longest dual separating zipper you can find. I've been using 36" dual separating parka zippers. However, the longer the better. If you can get a zipper that goes all the way around, that means you can get back rubs without removing your bear suit!
A pattern for a big roomy jumper with a front zipper. I took a stab at drafting my own pattern for this project to ensure that it is a 100% original design and I'm including that pattern here. However, I'm happier generally with the pattern I bought from McCalls, number M6106 (http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m6106-products-10917.php?page_id=915) which has raglan sleeves and is one size fits all. If you plan to do this project I recommend the commercial pattern over this one I made.
Step 2: Prepare the Pattern for the Arm/chest/neck
The McCalls pattern has more pieces and requires more sewing, but I think is a better fit overall.
My pattern is designed to require less sewing and cutting, but I'm not all that happy with it. Just so you know.
The following instructions relate to assembling the free pattern I've provided.
Print out all the pattern pieces onto 8-1/2 x 11" inch paper.
Arrange the pieces for the arm/chest/neck pattern, matching up the numbered sheets to the diagram shown in the photo.
Tape all the pages together along the edges. Trim away the light green outer region.
Step 3: Prepare the Pattern for the Legs/torso
Print out the pattern grid pieces for the leg/torso.
Line them up to match the first image.
Tape them together along the edge and trim away the light green outer area.
Step 4: Cut Pieces From Blanket
lay the arm/chest pattern along a fold of fabric and cut that out.
Do that twice to make two identical pieces.
Same for the leg/torso pattern.
Step 5: Prevent Shedding
This fluffy material will shed fuzzles forever unless you stitch all around every possible edge.
Take each cut piece, and sew all the way around it 2 or 3 times with a zigzag stitch. I usually go around the perimeter three times just to be safe. Two times might be enough. This will prevent the material from shedding.
Step 6: Stitch Along Arm
right sides together, stitch along arm up to the chest mark
Step 7: Sew Arm to Torso
Fold the leg/torso piece in half lengthwise and mark the center with chalk as indicated.
Pin arm to torso, matching the arm seam from step 6 to the chalk mark.
Sew arm to the torso, starting at center mark and working outwards
Step 8: Create Leg Tubes
right sides together, sew the legs together along the inseam
Step 9: Attach Zipper
Pin the zipper to the torso starting at the neck and working down the front sides of the torso until you run out of zipper.
Hand baste into place to ensure alignment
Sew the zipper into place with sewing machine.
Step 10: Connect the Back
right sides together, sew both torso pieces together along the back, starting at the neck and working down to crotch. Stop when you reach the zipper.
Step 11: Finish Edges
Finish neck, arms and legs with a hem.
Now go and start some new Yeti rumors!