Halloween Ideas

Hoodie Halloween Costume: Black Bat

Your little one's imagination will take flight in this bat costume made from an inexpensive hoodie and felt. Pair it with black leggings or sweat pants for a comfy Halloween costume they'll want to wear long after the holiday has passed.

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Materials Needed:

  • black hoodie
  • black pants, sweatpants or leggings
  • black felt
  • charcoal felt
  • charcoal thread
  • sewing machine
  • scissors
  • straight pins

Print and Cut Out Templates

Print and cut out all templates. You will need 2 sets of the bat wing templates and 1 set of the ear templates. Note: If using the letter-size bat wing template, you will need 4 copies.

Scale Wings Then Cut Out

To scale the template to fit your hoodie, place the cut-out template and hoodie on top of a larger piece of paper. Make dots from the points of each arc to indicate how large your wings should be and connect the dots with simple arcs, then cut out your new template. Lay the new template on the black felt, pin in place then cut out the wings and set aside. Tip: With felt, the front and back sides of the fabric don't matter. If using a different type of fabric, be sure to turn one of the templates over so you have wings that mirror each other.

Cut Out the Gray Wing Segments

Pin the wing segment templates to the charcoal felt (Image 1). Flipping as necessary for non-felt fabric. Cut the segments out and set aside (Image 2). Remove the templates from all the fabric cutouts and pin the segments onto the full wing cut-outs (Image 3). Use a sewing machine to sew the wing segments to the wing itself with charcoal thread (Image 4).

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