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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 gear fit for a nocturnal crusader.

child in bat costume

Photography: Addie Juell

Source: Martha Stewart Living, October 2018


Before you begin, 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.


How To Make a Running Stitch


Begin by threading the needle and securing the end in a knot. Layer the fabrics you will sew together, aligning the edges and pinning in place if desired. Anchor the knot on the inside of the fabric. Poke needle up through the fabric and bring it back up to the top side from the bottom side of the fabric, weaving the needle in and out of the fabric. Stitch closely and maintain even spaces for a seamless line. When done, anchor the thread on the inside of the seam and trim the thread. For this costume, you will use this stitch to attach pointy ears and bat wings to the bat costume. This hoodie costume is perfect for kids who love "scary" animals, such as winged bats. 


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of kids' Halloween costumes.


  • Black stiffened felt, 9" by 12" (Pictured: Creatology stiffened felt, in Black, $1.25

  • Black felt, 36" by 36" (Pictured: Crafty Cuts solids felt, in Black, $6.50,

  • Black hood mask (Pictured: Sheface spandex costume face-out hood mask, in Black, $10

  • Black arm sleeves (Pictured: Kuty UV-protection arm sleeves, $7.50 a pair,

  • Black pants (Pictured: Primary The PJ Pant, $12, in Black,

  • Black long-sleeve tee (Pictured: Primary The Long- Sleeve PJ Top, $12, in Black,

  • Black sneakers (Pictured: Zoogs Fashion high-top canvas sneakers, $13,

  • Fabric scissors

  • Sewing needle

  • Black sewing thread

  • Measuring tape


  1. Measure your child's arm length, and take notes as this will be the length of your bat wings. (Note: For proper 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 stiffened felt for ears, and two bat wings from regular felt.

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

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

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