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Picture of Grateful Dead Carry me costume
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Today we make a Grateful Dead dancing skeleton, ridding a dancing bear costume. Things you will need for the project in no particular order:
1. Three yards of fake fur or fleece
2. About a half yard of another color of fleece
3. About one foot of black felt
4. A bag of bones
5. Eyes and nose for the bear
6. Four metal hangers
7. Scissors
8. Sewing machine
9. Needles and thread for hand sewing
10. Bald cap
11. White and black makeup
12. Skeleton shirt and gloves
13. Pliers, side cutters or bolt cutter
14. Sharpie or other marker

Step 1: The bear head

Picture of The bear head
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Let's start with the head of the bear. There are 3 templates you will use when making it. The one that looks like a bear you will need 2 of when cutting fabric. The ears you will need 4 pieces of fabric, and the long strip you will only need one. I found out you don't need the cut out for the mouth so just continue the circle past it. Start by sewing from the nose down to the base of the neck. Then take the long piece and center the small rounded end at the tip of the nose. Sew each side of the top of the head to the edge of the strip, and flip it right side out poke holes in it for the eyes and nose. ( I bought them at Jo Ann fabric but you could use felt as well) Poke the nose and eyes through and attach the backings. Cut a piece of felt for the mouth and ears, and sew it on, hand sewing worked the best for that. Make your ears the same way sew around the edge and flip right side out. Figure out your placement (seemed best right outside the hem ) then cut a slit in the head and flip inside out again to sew them on. Stuff the ears before you sew them on. Flip head right side out again and stuff the head. For stuffing, I used poly fill, but any thing will work.