Hoodie Costume: Bat
Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008
This hoodie costume is perfect for kids who love "scary" animals, such as sharks and bats. The templates provided are for a size 8 youth hoodie from American Apparel. You may need to enlarge or reduce the template to suit the size of hoodie you are using.
Get our Shark Hoodie Costume How-To.
Resources: Trim and embellishments are from mjtrim.com. Hoodies are from americanapparel.net. Felt is from magiccabin.com. Fabri-Tac fabric glue may be found on beaconadhesives.com. The industrial felt (also known as wool for etching presses) used for the shark costume is from dickblick.com. All other supplies are available at crafts stores.
Print bat feature templates on heavyweight paper. Cut out paper templates. Trace templates onto felt that coordinates with the colors of the template, and cut pieces from felt. Tip: Use double-sided tape to temporarily hold templates onto felt as you trace.
Enlarge bat wing template 200 percent and trace twice onto black felt. Cut two bat wings from black felt.
To make ears, fold a black pipe cleaner to create a triangle with 5 1/2-inch sides (use more than one pipe cleaner if necessary). Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together to complete triangle. Fit the pipe cleaner triangle to the edges of the felt "inside" ear piece, and glue together. Glue the "outside" ear piece to the felt within the triangle. Bend the base of the triangle into a small arc to create the shape of an ear.
Attach ears to the hoodie with fabric glue.
Assemble felt eyes and nose as shown in the template. Attach to hoodie with fabric glue. Glue teeth to top inside of hood.
To create nose wrinkles, draw diagonal lines of glue originating from the top center of the nose on the inside of the hood. Pinch and hold the outside of the hood over the glue lines to form wrinkles.
Glue straight sides of bat wings along side seam and bottom arm seam of hoodie, on both sides.