Bat Costume

October 15 2019

Everyone has gone batty over this homemade bat costume. From the black outfit to the stain dyed moon, we can’t get enough. It’s dark and edgy, the perfect combination for Halloween night.

Supplies
  • Rit DyeMore: Graphite
  • All-Purpose Liquid Dye: Golden Yellow
  • Foam Brush
  • White Body Suit
  • Stainless Steel Pot + Stovetop
  • Glass Bowl
  • Measuring Cup
  • Metal Tongs
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Black Pipe Cleaner
  • Black + Yellow Felt
  • Plastic Headband
  • Unfinished Wooden Moon
  • Black Construction Paper
  • Hot Glue Gun
Time
1-2 Hours Total: {{ partial.t3R2.total }}
Difficulty
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Instructions
  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Prewash bodysuit to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.
  3. Fill a large stainless-steel pot with 3 gallons of water.
  4. Cover pot and heat until almost boiling. Water temperature should ideally be 200°.
  5. When water begins to simmer, add 1/2 cup Rit DyeMore in Graphite. Shake bottle before pouring. Stir well.
  6. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to help promote level dyeing.
  7. Test dye color by dipping paper towel in the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
  8. Wearing rubber gloves, use the metal tongs to lower the body suit into the dyebath. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  9. When desired color is achieved, remove from dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  10. We recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color and increase color retention. Follow package instructions.
  11. Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.
  12. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.
  13. Using yellow felt, cut out stars and apply them to the bodysuit with glue.
  14. To create the bat ears, cut out 2 black triangles. Secure black pipe cleaners to the back of the triangles for support. Then glue the black felt triangles to the plastic headband. Use clamps to hold them in place while the glue dries.
  15. To create the moon: Wearing gloves, mix ½ cup of Golden Yellow All-Purpose Liquid dye with 2 cups of very hot water. Dip a foam brush in the dye solution and spread evenly over surface. Let dye dry completely. Cut black bats out of construction paper and glue them onto the wooden moon with a hot glue gun.
  16. Pair with black boots and black leggings.
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