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Bat Costume

Black-as-night felt pieces are the only requirements to (temporarily) transform an inexpensive ski hood and arm warmers into the perfect bat costume.

child in bat costume

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2018

Introduction

Create a spooky bat costume for your little one using just a few key materials. Before you begin, make sure you also learn how to sew using the running stitch. This is the simplest technique in sewing, and easily the most recognizable with the dashlike appearance of its simple over-and-under pattern. Plus, it's the best technique to make putting together this bat costume a stress-free experience.

materials

  • Black stiffened felt, 9" by 12" 

  • Black hood mask

  • Black arm sleeves 

  • Black pants 

  • Black sneakers 

  • Sewing needle

  • Measuring tape

steps

  1. Measure and write down your child's arm length so you have an accurate length for the bat wings. For the right measurements, measure from the center back of the neck, over the top of the shoulder, and down to the point where the hand starts to widen at the wrist. Always slightly bend the elbow when measuring to allow for extra ease. If you don't, the measurements will be too short.

  2. Cut triangles out of the stiffened felt for the ears, and two bat wings from the regular felt.

  3. Curve the triangles for the ears and attach them to the hood by hand with a running stitch.

  4. Attach the felt wings to the arm warmers by hand with a running stitch.

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