Friday, October 26, 2012

Bat Trick-or-Treat Bag Tutorial

My daughter was in need of a new trick-or-treat bag since her old one fell apart.  She is still little so it doesn't need to hold much, so I made this cute bat bag. I made it in one night while my little monster was hanging off of me by my arms and neck.  And here is how you can make one to in the size you need.
-Felt in black, gray, pink, and green (I used the rectangles from my local craft store. I used three sheets of black and two gray.  The pink and green were scraps I had.)
-Floss in pink, green, and black (to sew mouth, ears, and eyes)
-Black sewing thread and a sewing machine
First you need to figure out how big of a bag you want to make.  I finally decided that I like the smallest circle and that has a diameter of 5 1/2 inches.
You need to make three circles.  On two of the circles you need to add ears. The third circle can be set aside for a while.  Make a U on a piece of scrap paper for the ears as a template then cut it out and trace where you want it on your bat circle heads.  You also need to make four wings and cut them out.  Use a silver Sharpe to trace with because it works great on black felt.  I'll try to upload my pattern soon, but you can totally free hand it.  While you are cutting, cut a black rectangle for the basket part that is four inches wide.  If your circle is 5 1/2 in diameter like mine then you need to make it 11 inches long.  The length is determined from the circumference from the bat ear to ear. You will also need another rectangle for the handle or you can use some ribbon or even rope.

Now on one of the circles with ears you will want to make a cute bat face. I traced quarters for the eyes and I traced nickles for the cheeks.  I sewed them on, but you could just use some fabric glue.  I did embroider a cute little smile, but you can also draw on on with a black sharpie marker.
Next you want to sew your wings.  Leave an opening to stuff them a little bit.  I let my little monster stuff them.
Now you will want to go and sew the wings onto the bat head.  Then sew the two bat head parts together, but leave a small opening to add a little fluff in it.  You should end up with a cute bat stuffy that just needs it's basket part.
To add the basket you need to sew that 4 inch wide rectangle piece. Sorry I don't have any pictures of the process so you'll just have to settle with after shots.  This is when my monster decided to hang from my neck as I sewed instead of nicely sitting next to me. You will sew from ear to ear.  Remember that other gray circle?  You have to sew that on and it should make a nice basket.  I hope that makes sense.  I tend to not pin things in place at all and just kind of attack my sewing.  Anyways, then sew a handle on and you're done.
Have a happy Halloween!



  1. This is sooooo adorable! Just found your blog via Sumo's Sweet Stuff and became your most recent follower (: Can't wait to come back for more posts...Hope you have a lovely week!!

    Michele xoxo
    The Homesteading Cottage

  2. This is so fun! Just came over to check it out from Sugar and Dots link up. Love it! Hope you'll stop by and say hi! I'm a new follower to your lovely little space here!

  3. This is adorable. I wish I had one of these when I was a kid. LOL

    Stopping by from Sugar & Dots linky party. Here is what I shared this week:

    Happy Halloween!!