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« on: January 13, 2004 09:42:21 AM »

Hi, I want to make my boyfriend batwings for a bat costume. I know it sounds silly, but our band is playing a battle of the bands and we thought it'd be really funny. Any ideas for something easy? I can hand sew, but don't have a machine. Also, the bigger the better....

Thank you!!! Oh, and this is my first posting, but I did become very inspired after reading craftster. Got together with a coupla girlfriends and made a Hogans Heroes trivet. Pretty awesome.

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2004 09:57:55 AM »

OK. This might not make sense-
I am thinking Black trash bags...
You could fasten one end to the sleeves of his shirt and then fasten the other end to the sides of his shirt - you would probably have to use long sleeve. Maybe you could then shape the edges of the bag sort of bat-like so that when his arms are raised they billow out.
I watched batman last night coincidently- I think that is how his costume worked. However, playing any type of instrument might prove difficult.
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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2004 03:39:03 PM »

I hope this makes sense:
1.get 2 pieces of poster board. preferably black(incase facric comes off @ corners

2. draw 1 bat wing. try your hardest, it will look good!!! when pleased with wing shape trace unto other piece of poster.

3.cut out "wings"

4.buy a few yards of black felt or any suitable bat wing fabric.

5. lay felt out flat, and then one  of the wings ontop and trace wings onto fabric.  do this 4 times so you have a front and back 2 go on each wing.

6. using a strong glue, glue on the fabric.

7.to connect 2 your bf get elastic and cut our a long strip, sew ends to each other to make circle, connect to edge of wing. (he can put his arm tho the circle) do this for each wing

« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2004 03:53:51 PM »

I can't remember which site I saw this on, but there was a girl who had wire wings, but only the top of the wing was wire, and the bottom flowed freely, basically two arches with hanging fabric, sorry terrible at explaining!!!! Roll Eyes

« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2004 09:35:01 AM »

In the all-halloween issue (2000) Martha Stewart had a "no-sew costumes" section and it included bat wings made out of umbrellas. I can't find it anywhere on her site.

Take the umbrella apart and leave the wire spokes in. Split it in half. Basically, one end of the half is attached to the wrist and the other to the hip. When you raise your arms, it looks like bat wings and the spokes help it to keep its shape. Otherwise it's just a lot of extra fabric under the arms. Hers were attached to a harness of some sort, I guess to keep the middle part up by the armpits.  

I can type out all the directions if you'd like, though I wasn't sure if this is the sort of thing you're looking for and MS's directions are quite wordy.

hmm, that's the second umbrella-related craft I've posted about...
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2004 06:43:09 AM »

I have made several pairs of wings, and I've found wire hangers and tights work best. They are light, sturdy, and can be re-shaped as needed.

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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2004 07:01:30 PM »

I can't remember which site I saw this on, but there was a girl who had wire wings, but only the top of the wing was wire, and the bottom flowed freely, basically two arches with hanging fabric, sorry terrible at explaining!!!! Roll Eyes

i don't know if we're thinking about the same site but there's one with something that sounds like that. it's:


i think there's something about d.i.y. that you can click on. hope this helps!
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2004 08:59:32 PM »

these are kind of abstract bat wings, but they were easy and i think they look cool.  but maybe too girly?


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