If you think you’re about to go Batty getting ready for Halloween, I think these charming Handmade Bats will help! A favorite motif for the season, bats are perfect for pillows, wall décor and playful softie toys. While you may not have a belfry tower to fill , I think you’ll enjoy these bat-i-ful projects!
Oh, my goodness, this is the ultimate in Handmade Bat décor! Little flappy bats disguising themselves as ruffles on a bat black pillow to make you scream – with delight, of course. I love the subtlety and simplicity of this design created by Amy of the Ameroonie Designs blog. Amy’s flock of simple little felt bats in tidy stripes were designed for a 15” x 15” pillow. Her instructions are enough to get you started on a pillow top in any size that fits your needs. You’ll draw and design your own bats for your own bat size. Can’t draw a bat? The internet is full of designs you can easily print and trace. Click here and learn how to make your own flock from Amy’s tutorial.
Night Sky Bat Applique Pillow
If you’re up for a Bat Pillow that’s a little less scary and a pinch more serene, you’ll love the pillow designed by Marian Parsons for HGTV’s web site. Black bats on a white background fly into the night in tranquil formation. The tutorial provides templates for all three bat sizes, so cutting will be easy. Black felt adds a dynamic night time border to this eerie cushion of comfort. Click here for the Bat Pillow tutorial on the HGTV web site.
A Rainbow of Bat Softies
Even if you’re not a fan of bats, these colorful handmade Softies will swoop into your heart and make you smile. Becky of the Patchwork Posse blog designed these delightful little felt fliers to be scrap friendly, so grab your stash. Finished bats are 5-1/2” x 10” although, you could easily enlarge the templates Becky provides if you’d like a jumbo bat. Becky’s free step by step PDF includes lovely instructions, so you’ll be able to easily sew up a whole rainbow flock of colorful bats. She used button eyes, but you may want to make them felt if you’re stitching these for anyone under three. Becky used and suggest wild prints because, well, who wants a sweet bat?! And, since Becky notes their “keen ears and outstretched wings”, these must be smart, athletic bats, too! Click here for the PDF tutorial on the Patchwork Posse blog.
Happy Bat Feltie and His BFFs
Okay, everyone, all at once . . . ooooh, cute, super-super-cute! Sarah of the UK Paper and String blog creates wonderful little feltie designs for kits that she sells in her Etsy shop. For Halloween, she generously provided a free pattern for these three little spooky buddies that include the most adorable bat ever. Those cheeks! Who knew that bats had cheeks!? Sarah’s ghost, pumpkin and bat are all made from a pattern you can print from Flickr. You’ll find all the instructions for making and templates on the image. Bright ribbons make these delightful and a great way to use up bits and pieces from your scrap trim bin. These would make fa-bat-u-lous party favors, too! Click here for Becky;s tutorial.
And, finally, here’s a Fabric PSA for all of these bat-a-riffic projects. Buy felt and lots of it! As you’ve seen, every project I found calls for felt so you might as well stock up. Although . . . fleece might work quite well, too. Your choice! Just make sure you have plenty of fabric and plenty of thread in the colors you’ll be using. I’d hate for you to run into “bat block” because you ran out of supplies. Ready to sew now? Bat ‘er up!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.