No-Sew Halloween: Make Our Easy Bat Costume!
Looking for quick and easy Halloween costume ideas… but have no idea what you’re doing when it comes to sewing? Fear not! At Create and Craft we are big believers in the handmade costume – but we fully appreciate that not everyone can sew! Which is why we love this super simple, yet super effective no-sew Halloween bat costume, designed by Becky Cole! Forget needle and thread – all you need to make this fabulous design work is a glue gun, and an hour or two of free time! Check out Becky’s step-by-step bat costume instructions below, and discover just how easy it is to create a handmade Halloween costume for your little trick or treater!
Want to craft your Halloween costumes but don’t know one end of a sewing machine from the other? No problem! This no-sew Halloween bat costume is super spooky…and also super easy to make!
Time to Make: 1-2 hours
Skill Level: Beginner
You Will Need (for age 6-8yrs):
- Black felt 115cm x 65cm
- Grey faux fur 80cm x 45cm
- Chalk or dressmaker’s pencil
- Sewing scissors
- Paper scissors
- Cardboard such as an empty cereal box
- Black headband
- Tape measure
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Black elastic 15mm x 60cm
- 6m silver trimming such as ribbon or cord (in this example we use plastic coated silver cord)
- Black ribbon 15mm x 90cm
DIY No-Sew Halloween Bat Costume:
Fold the black felt in half widthways and draw a curved line in chalk from the bottom of the folded edge up to the top corner where the two edges meet. Draw lines from the top centre point where the fabric is folded down to the semi circle in regular intervals. There is no need to measure if you don’t want to! Next, draw small curved lines between each long line where they meet the bottom curved line.
Cut along this curving edge using fabric scissors.
Open out the black felt shape and copy the chalk lines on to the other half of the cape by joining up the points of the curves to the central point at the top.
Measure in 3cm from the top corner of the cape and cut two 9cm slits, 3cm apart. Repeat on the other end of the cape. These will be where the hands hold the cape.
Turn the cape over so that the chalk lines are facing down. Trim the black ribbon ends into diagonal points to avoid fraying, and position centrally over the centre point of the top edge of the cape. Using your glue gun, stick the middle 20cm of the ribbon to the felt, leaving the long ends loose for tying.
Turn the cape back around so you are looking at the chalk lines. Cut your silver trim into lengths and glue into place along the chalk lines.
Once all the lines are covered, use a small triangle of fur and stick it over the centre top point where all the silver trim lengths meet to hide any messy ends.
If you’d prefer, you can leave this last bit until after you have made the ears and chest piece and cut the fur piece from any scraps left over.
Cut your faux fur panel into a 45cm x 50cm piece and keep the extra piece to one side for the ears. Fold the fur in half lengthways, and trim off the corners to make a rough circle.
You may wish to make one end of the circle slightly narrower to allow for arms, so cutting out more of an egg shape.
Turn the fur shape over so the back is facing you. Cut the elastic into a 25cm length and a 35cm length. Glue the ends of the 25cm length to the middle side points of the fur. Use the 35cm piece to form a neck look at the top, gluing the ends into place.
For the ears, lay the headband onto the cardboard and draw around the outside edge. Draw a rough ear shape on one side of the band. Cut the shape out using paper scissors, turn it over and trace a second mirrored shape so you end up with a left and right ear.
Cut out the second cardboard shape.
From the remaining piece of fur cut out a left and right ear shape the same size as the cardboard shapes and a left and right ear shape that is approx. 1cm bigger all the way round, and approx. 3cm bigger along the headband edge.
Glue the cardboard shapes to the larger fur shapes. Snip into the excess around the edge at approx. 2cm intervals. Fold the tabs over the edge of the cardboard, and glue into place, leaving the wider bottom edge unstuck.
Position the headband on top of the fur tabs, lined up with the cardboard edge, and stick in place with some more glue.
Next, fold up the bottom edge fur tabs over the headband, and glue in place.
Finally, finish your bat ears and costume by gluing the smaller fur ear pieces over the top, hiding the cardboard and fur tabs underneath. Now all that’s left to do is dress up your terrifying little bat in your super easy, yet super impressive no-sew Halloween costume… and let the trick or treating commence!
Want to check out the rest of our frightfully fabulous Halloween craft ideas? You’ll find plenty more Halloween projects and tutorials right here on the Create and Craft blog!