Do-It-Yourself Kid’s Bat Costume



Simple is better, so if you’re looking for a handmade idea for Halloween, try converting a t-shirt into a cute bat costume in a few quick steps. Much like my owl costume from last year, this project can be made quickly, is comfortable for kids to wear and it’s fun! It does involve a sewing machine, but even a beginner can master this one.

Just download the .pdf file with full instructions by clicking here. And click here to print the mask, cut it out and have your child wear it over sunglasses for the dark eye effect. Happy Halloween!


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About the author

Ellen Luckett Baker
Ellen Luckett Baker is the author of the long thread, a blog about handmade goods. She has always enjoyed making things, but the flexibility of staying at home with her two daughters along with the creative inspiration they provide has led her to craft on a daily basis. Combining her love of graphic design and sewing, she has created an Etsy shop selling machine embroidery designs and sewing patterns.

Ellen lives in Atlanta with her husband and two young daughters. She holds a B.A. in Art History and a Master's of Public Administration with a focus in Non-Profit Management.

Ellen recently wrote 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects her crafting book. She is crazy talented!

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48 Responses to “Do-It-Yourself Kid’s Bat Costume”

  1. Katherine Oct 21 at 9:05 pm Reply Reply

    That is such a cute costume!  I’m going to have to give it a try.    

  2. Unni Strand Oct 26 at 1:14 pm Reply Reply

    Great idea! So simple andlooks so good!

  3. Laura Oct 28 at 11:22 am Reply Reply

    Super cute and easy!

  4. Amber Nov 02 at 11:07 pm Reply Reply

    Hey, I love this bat costume. Filing away for next year. And by the way, I made the last-minute owl costume (yours from last year, I believe?) and wanted to thank you for the idea, which was a HUGE HIT! Check out a picture of my 2-year-old owlet:

    • Isabel Kallman
      Isabel Nov 03 at 8:12 am Reply Reply


      Love the picture! what cute little owl you have. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Michelle Oct 30 at 2:07 pm Reply Reply

    Thank you so much for these instructions!! At the last minute, my 5yo daughter HAD to have a bat costume so that she could be Stellaluna this Halloween. This was well in my ability, though I did end up hand sewing more than I expected since I’m a complete dunce with a sewing machine. Anyway, thanks again and Happy Halloween!

  6. Lory Nov 03 at 4:57 am Reply Reply

    Hi! A great idea for a “fast and craft” Halloween costume! I cited this idea in my post:
    Thank you for all these great ideas!

  7. Janet Oct 31 at 1:22 pm Reply Reply

    Just made this and it looked great. I had some random black material and for the boning, I used cardboard. Talk about last minute, finished 1:00 halloween day! Thanks for the idea. 


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