Make Your Own Festive Bat Dress

Hey, friends! Long time no … DIY. It’s Katie here! I know I’ve been MIA for a bit, but I’m here to share a DIY for the most wonderful time of the year! In my closet, the saying goes “the more festive, the better.”

I don’t balk at pumpkin earrings or a skeleton sweater or say, a bat dress. (!!) This dress puts me in the happiest of Halloween season moods and I’m here to show you how to make your own! Plus, it’s a super simple DIY, which you KNOW is my favorite!

-black wool felt
-bat template (download here)
-straight pins
-sewing machine or needle and thread

Okay, let’s get started! First, print your bats from the template provided. Obviously, you are welcome to draw out your own; I’m just trying to make this quick and easy for you.

After your bats are printed, use them to cut your felt. I found the best way to do this was to use my straight pins to hold the paper in place. Once you have enough bats, lay out your dress and strategically place the bats and pin.

Once you’re happy with the placement, it’s time to sew! I understand that not everyone loves to use a sewing machine, so I try to keep that in mind with most of my sewing DIYs.

I took my dress to the sewing machine and stitched the bats in place that way, but feel free to hand stitch yours if you prefer!

Tip: I stitched all of my bats in place and then tried the dress on to place the bats around the bust. I pinned the last few on while I was wearing the dress and then took it off to finish it up.

Now, I’m not gonna lie—my initial idea for this dress included glittery bats all over. Once I glittered the bats, I realized that they were going to be way too stiff for a circle skirt. I’m sure you fellow DIY-ers know all too well, projects don’t always go as planned in your mind.

But, when you have extra craft supplies, you can make more things! I used some of my glitter bats to make matching hair clips. Here are the simple steps for that:

Grab a felt bat and cover it in Mod Podge with a paintbrush. Pour your glitter over the top and let dry. Once it’s dry, grab your hot glue gun and attach a clip to the back. So simple and SO cute! I actually made a couple more for my daughter, Poesy.

That’s it! You can make your own simple and festive bat dress in an afternoon. I’ve already received tons of compliments and I’m sure I’ll wear it waaaay too much until Halloween gets here. Happy stitching, friends! xo. Katie

Like this? Try this stenciled pant DIY too!

Credits // Author: Katie Shelton. Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • You look so adorable. You don’t even look scary at all for the Halloween. Hope you will share more DIY costumes in the future.

  • This is so incredibly adorable! And the clip is such a creative touch! ???? love it!

  • I love how easy this is, and the dress looks fantastic!

  • Brilliant! This. Is. Awesome. I’m pretty sure I have some black felt so I’m cancelling plans and making this tonight! Sure, the kids have soccer practice but…BATS! They can miss it, haha! Thanks for this great idea!!!

  • I’ve missed you, Katie! Loving all the fun bat ideas this year! This dress is so cute!

  • This is so incredibly adorable! And the clip is such a creative touch! ???? love it!

  • The dress actually reminds me of a costume my Dad made me when I was in primary school! It’s cute!! 🙂

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