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  1. Last-minute no-sew Halloween kids’ costume: Paddington

    Adorable little Paddington Bear - a great last-minute costume for Halloween or Book Week. No sewing! Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    Need a last-minute costume for your child in time for Halloween? We’ve got it sorted with our no-sew DIY Paddington bear. It’s beary easy to pull together with stuff you’ve already got at home – and it’s also beary cute.

    What you need for a Paddington bear costume. Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    What You’ll Need

    You can easily put together a great Padddington outfit with things you already have in your wardrobe.

    The essentials are:
    1. A navy blue duffle coat with a hood is Paddington’s signature look. But you could make do with any blue coat.

    2. A soft wide-brimmed hat in red or black . The original Paddington bear had a black hat, but in more recent incarnations he wears a red hat. I found a two-tone red and blue hat, and turned it up at the front with a couple of stitches (but a safety pin would also work).

    3. Wellington boots. Paddington traditionally wears red wellies but we made do with Harry’s blue gumboots. Try to keep to Paddington’s traditional colours of red and blue.

    4. A ‘Please look after this bear’ luggage tag. Use a piece of kraft card or a ready-made cardboard luggage tag and use a black texta and your very best bear hand-writing. Don’t forget ‘Thank you’! Tie it to Paddington’s top toggle.

    Adorable little Paddington Bear - a great last-minute costume for Halloween or Book Week. No sewing! Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    5. A suitcase. Paddington’s suitcase is traditionally brown, with his initials ‘PB’ handwritten in black on one side. I used my old red school case from the ’70s for an authentic look, but I used sticky-back felt to cut out the intials so I didn’t mark the case. You should also attach a hand-written transport notice, ‘WANTED ON VOYAGE’.

    6. Marmalade! What’s Paddington without a jar of his most favourite condiment? Rather than lumping my four-year-old with a heavy glass jar of the real stuff, I made a child-friendly prop with an old-school label stuck on the outside of a clean plastic peanut butter jar.

    Then I grabbed a paintbrush and swirled some orange paint around the inside of the jar to imitate the look of marmalade. Alternative prop: marmalade sandwiches (although marmalade not tolerated by this four-year-old bear).

    7. A cute black nose. Use black face paint (or at a pinch, your black eyeliner) to draw on a cute little v-shaped button nose. You can also draw on an upside-down Y underneath the nose for that beary cute look.

    Adorable little Paddington Bear - a great last-minute costume for Halloween or Book Week. No sewing! Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    Adorable little Paddington Bear - a great last-minute costume for Halloween or Book Week. No sewing! Photo: Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout

    Depending on your climate, you might want to dress Paddington in a brown sweater and brown pants or cosy tights – or none at all! We only had a pair of bright red cord pants which worked with Paddington’s traditional colours.

    An op-shop find of a cute furry bear-eared hat added a touch of authenticity to Paddington’s beary look.

    What do you think? Good last-minute costume option? You might like to try a grown-up Paddington costume. Want to make it spooky? Cover Paddington in spiderwebs, bats and spiders. Or what about a zombie Paddington? (Poor walking dead Paddington – sacrilege! But I’d still love to see it. Maybe.)

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    Photography and styling by Lisa Tilse for We Are Scout.
    This post was originally published on We Are Scout.