Check out this easy bat costume I made for my son! He wore it two years in a row for Halloween, and I see someone in my house sportin' it a couple times a month on a regular basis. It's held up very well to lots of wear and tear and was so quick and easy!
I took a youth large black sweatshirt and cut off the arms.
I rolled it under itself as I sewed a seem with my machine.
(Note: the above two pictures are from my owl costume
with same techniques.)
There is about three inches left of the shoulders after the hem.
I cut a piece of black felt into the shape of wings. Measure your kid's arms to get an idea of what size to make them. For added stability, I cut two sets of wings, sewed them back to back and pulled them through like I was making a pillow.
I sewed the wings to the back of the neck of the sweatshirt (at the same time sewing the last section of wings together).
I cut the wrists off the sleeves of the sweatshirt and sewed a hem on the raw end. Then I sewed it to the inside of the wings.
For a hat we used a ski mask with two triangles sewed to the top for ears.
I discovered this costume idea in the October 2008 issue of Parenting magazine.
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