Monday, October 1, 2012

LBB (little black bat)

It's October!  How do you not like the time of year when cobwebs are cool instead of a sign that you didn't dust?  Time to embrace the scares, the pumpkins, the candy and your inner witch.

We all know how the LBD (little black dress) belongs in every wardrobe, well the LBB (little black bat) is every bit as important during the halloween season.

What you need:
Bat pattern
2 scraps of black fabric 8 1/2"x11" (I used some vinyl, you can also use cotton)
Stuffing tool
Sewing machine
Eyes (optional)

Start by printing the bat pattern and cutting it out.  Place your two pieces of fabric right sides together and on the wrong side of one of the pieces of fabric trace out the pattern.  Using a small stitch sew the two sides together leaving a spot for turning out.

Being very careful clip your corners and curves on the bat and turn right side out.  Be patient – you don’t want to lose the detail in his ears or wings.   

Using your stuffing tool to gently ease out the points will help.  Don’t have a stuffing tool?  Go enjoy some Chinese food and grab an extra set of chopsticks; they make great stuffing tools!

Very loosely stuff the wings of your bat.  Go back to the sewing machine and add the wing detail; now you can stuff the rest of your bat as loose or firm as you like.  Once you are happy with how he looks you can sew his bottom shut.  I left a little opening so I could place him on a stick.  If you like you can add eyes.  I sewed on two small buttons, but you could glue on eyes if you choose, or leave him truly blind with no eyes.

He’s done and ready for business!  Here he is hanging out as the weathervane on a house and just nestled as a sweet surprise in the bathroom.  How fun would it be to make a few in different sizes strung up on a piece of wood?  Your very own “batmobile”!!

Happy haunting!

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