What You’ll Need to Make a Dog Bat Costume
- Measuring Tape
- Wire Cutters
- Sewing Machine (or needle if you’re ambitious and want to do it by hand)
- Black Felt
- Metal Coat Hanger
- Black Thread
How to Make a Dog Bat Costume
First, I made a bat wing shape out of cardboard that was proportional to Whiskey’s size. Then I cut out four of the wings in black felt, making two for each side.
After both wings were stitched, I took scissors and cleaned up along the edges and make they all look neat and clean.
Next, I took an old coat hanger and straightened it out using pliers. I made a curve in the middle to match the curve on the width of Whiskey’s back, where the wings would go. Then I placed one of the finished felt wings down and curved one of the sides of the hanger to match the curve in the fabric. I repeated with the other side. Using wire cutters, I snipped off any excess coat hanger.
Now the wings slipped right on to the hanger, like so.
This is how the band looks on his chest when put on. Next, I measure along the front of his chest, from the edge where the band is on one side, to where is was on the other side.
I added an inch on one side to sew it into the existing band, and then an inch on the other side for the velcro tab tucked in under the existing band. So it was the front of his chest + 2 inches.
One end of the chest strap was stitched one inch in on one side of the belly/chest band.To hide the velcro closure on the other end of the chest strap, I sewed it on the inside of the larger band. When I put it on him, I velcro the front chest trap on first, then the belly/chest band.
I took a small piece of felt that was the length of the middle piece of curved wire and pinned it on the back of the belly band right where I wanted the wings to go. Then it was a matter of sewing four lines 1/4″ apart from each other. The middle slot that I created was to hold the middle curve of the wings and the outer slots are just for support. I then trimmed any excess felt. Next, I removed one of the felt wings and then fed the wire through the middle slot. After it was secure, I added the wing back on. Then is was just a matter of quickly hand sewing a couple of stitches through the wings and band right where they meet, to make sure that they stayed on the wire.
Are you dressing up your pets for Halloween this year?