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How To Build A Better Bat Costume

Posted by B-E-R-R-Ä°-N from Ankara, Ankara Province, Turkey • Published See B-E-R-R-Ä°-N 's 4 projects »


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  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 1
    Step 1

    Unscrew the top of the umbrella. Pop off the short wires that hold the ribs to the part that slides up and down the stem of the umbrella - they are like staples, and you can use your pliers as a staple remover. Then use the pliers to untwist the two wires holding the ribs to the plastic parts on the stem of the umbrella. Unthread the wires from the ribs, reserving wires for later use.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 2
    Step 2

    The cloth part of the umbrella with the ribs attached should be separate from the stem now. Clip off two ribs opposite each other, and save them for ear frames. Split the umbrella in half down the seam previously occupied by those ribs. Using tin snips (or other cutters), cut off extraneous rib parts so that the ribs will be slightly longer than the fabric when they are joined together. If you have pointy bits sticking out, you can tape them down.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pin the umbrella halves to the sleeves and sides of the sweatshirt, starting at the armpits. Pinning is a good idea since the umbrella nylon is slippery and the sweatshirt stretches. Sew the umbrella on, leaving a gap in the armpit for the rib ends to poke through.
    Trim off the extra flaps of material straight across from the bottom of the sweatshirt to just before the point where the bottom rib is attached. You'll need these triangles of material for the ears.

  • Step 4

    Here's the gap where the ribs stick through. This will give you some flexibility of movement when you're wearing it.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use the wires that were holding the ribs together (or any other convenient wires, string or thread) to tie the three rib ends together.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 6
    Step 6

    Take the two extra ribs and trim extra points off so that you can make a (very uneven) tripod out of them. Stitch the point of the tripod to the point of the triangle. Stitch the long and short ends down as well. Bisect the angle with the middle piece and stitch that end down, too.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 7
    Step 7

    You'll need someone (or a wig frame or mannequin head) to help you with this part. Getting the tripods into just the right triangle for ears may require repeated tries. My personal voodoo doll yelped several times as I adjusted them. The key is that the middle one needs to be set quite far back. The outer two need to be approximately in line.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 8
    Step 8

    After getting them nicely lined up, stitch them on and then trim off the excess fabric.

  • How to make a costume. Bat Costume - Step 9
    Step 9

    Your top is ready, serve with matching shorts and/or miniskirt (or alternate dress appropriate to your climate) and you are now ready for trick-or-treating.

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The Bat
The Bat · 10 projects
I love this.
Yumi N.
Yumi N. · 12 projects
That's a really clever idea. I like it Happy
Torrin · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 1 project
Awesome! Kinda Wile E. Coyote-esque, eh? At least that's what it reminds me of XD
Pinky T.
Pinky T. · Spring Hill, Florida, US · 7 projects
that's so neat!
bittyandbunny · Lincoln Park, Michigan, US · 6 projects
how ingenious!
Molliewobbles · Ann Arbor, Michigan, US · 7 projects
THAT"S AMAZING!!!!!!! Whoa!
Not A.
Not A. · Westlake, Ohio, US · 18 projects
that's the most amazing thing i've seen all day Happy
Rae Rae The Jet Plane
Rae Rae The Jet Plane · Los Angeles, California, US · 1 project
I was thinking of a bat costume! This is great.
camilaustral · Concepcion, Bio-Bio, CL · 9 projects
that's really fun!!
queenfairypants · Manchester, England, GB · 75 projects
Fantastic! Using the umbrella is so clever!

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