There are two kinds of people in the world: Those that love to spend days, even weeks, DIYing the crap out of an intricate Halloween costume, and the rest of us. Most of the population tends to procrastinate choosing a costume until the last minute and are left scrambling to throw something together — it's like we thrive on the drama.

Luckily, it's actually pretty easy to put together a pretty awesome costume at the 11th hour. Chances are you have a LBD, black fabric and some hot glue chillin' in your closet somewhere — and if you do, you've got yourself one adorable bat costume.

This DIY bat costume is super-simple to make, and no one will know you threw it together at the last minute:

Materials needed: 

  • 1-1/2 yards black fabric (cotton, jersey knit or even lace or sequins work)
  • 6 inches of 1/8-inch elastic (any color)
  • Headband
  • Thick black fabric (leather, felt or even a thick black cotton work)
  • Hot glue

Directions:


Bat wings:

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Step 1:

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Fold your 2 yards of black fabric in half and cut inverted scallops on the diagonal, as shown.

Step 2:

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Cut 2 (3-inch) sections of elastic and loop them, as shown. Sew each loop onto the ends of the bat wings using a straight stitch, and go back and forth a few times to secure it.

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Bat ears:

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  1. Cut 4 identical triangles of your thick black fabric.
  2. With right sides of the fabric together, sew up the sides of the triangle, leaving the bottom open.
  3. Repeat for the second ear.
  4. Turn your bat ears right side out.
  5. Hot glue onto a headband. Let dry, and you're done!
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Now pair with your favorite little black dress, a pair of strappy black heels and some dark lipstick!

Originally published October 2014. Updated August 2017.