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:
- 1-1/2 yards black fabric (cotton, jersey knit or even lace or sequins work)
- 6 inches of 1/8-inch elastic (any color)
- Thick black fabric (leather, felt or even a thick black cotton work)
- Hot glue
Fold your 2 yards of black fabric in half and cut inverted scallops on the diagonal, as shown.
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.
- Cut 4 identical triangles of your thick black fabric.
- With right sides of the fabric together, sew up the sides of the triangle, leaving the bottom open.
- Repeat for the second ear.
- Turn your bat ears right side out.
- Hot glue onto a headband. Let dry, and you're done!
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.