When October starts lurking, I have two things on my mind. Firstly, my Son´s Birthday Party which he has usually already chosen the theme for (see this years Dinosaur Party here.) The second is always our annual Halloween Party, which poses the question, ´What will my son choose to dress up as this year?´
Oliver decided this year that he wanted to be a bat. Not a vampire, no because we already have that costume. He wanted to be a bat.
I scoured the Internet in search of a decent bat costume, but living in Spain, that is a seriously daunting task, and anything from Amazon cost me more to ship it from the UK than the cost of the actual costume itself.
I knew I couldn´t let Oliver down as he was so excited about his costume, but even with all the time I had ahead of me, there wasn´t a bat costume in sight that wasn´t fleece material, and with the sun still beaming down on us here, overheating obviosuly wasn´t an option.
I decided that my best option therefore, was to make the costume myself.
I bought a piece of black fabric from a local store and after folding it down the middle, I got to work stenciling the neckline, and the bat wing pattern on to the fabric using white chalk.
I wish I had pictures for this part but I really didn´t think about blogging the Costume until I had finished and realised it might come in handy for other parents.
However, I found a great tutorial on-line which goes through the exact steps I did to make the wings.
Once you have your wings, you can either leave them as they are, or you can add some lines going down the wings to make them look more bat-like and less vampire-like, which was very important for my son.
I chose to draw gold lines, using 3D glitter glue
Next up was the Bat mask, which I did manage to get photos of for a tutorial 😉
I got together my materials:
Skin Color felt
Needle and Black thread
First I downloaded a batman mask for my template like this one from cutsey crafts.
I knew that I didn´t want to have Batman type ears so I cut off the ears of the template and cut out the eyes. I then traced it on to the black felt using a marker pen, I used a blue one but I would recommend you use white chalk to trace, as it´s easier to see.
I drew on to my template, two bat- like ears as well as two small vampire-like teeth to make Oliver´s bat extra scary, just as he´d asked!
I then drew a second line inside the bat ears I had traced on to my skin-color felt to make the inside of the bat ears. I cut the inner ear out and, checking I didn´t have any pen marks showing on the good side of the ear, I stuck them to the black felt ears using fabric glue.
I then filled in the fangs with the 3-d Gold glitter glue which Oliver loved.
Using a piece of black elastic I had at home, I then measured the elastic around Olivers head, and cut to size. I sewed each end of the elastic strip on to the sides of the mask. I sewed the elastic loosely enough not to put pressure on Oliver´s head, but tight enough not to be falling off every five minutes.