How To Sew A Beginner Bat Plush


Hi, I’m Brittany of BeeZeeArt and today I’m
going to show you how to make a bat using my beginner bat pattern this pattern is available
on either Etsy or Craftsy and the links will be in the description. Before I start I just
wanted to mention that I do have 3 birds in the craft room so if they make some noise
I apologize in advance. To start, you’re going to want to print your pattern and cut it out.
Now if you want to make a solid colored bat, which is easiest, just print this first page
out. The second page just has an extra wing pattern which you’ll need if you’re going
to make a two toned bat. Now I’m going to cover a two toned bat since that is the harder
version. So I’ve traced my pattern pieces onto fabric and cut them out, leaving a seam
allowance. As you can see, this is where I traced, and I just left some space when I
cut.You want to leave approximately a fourth of an inch or so. I kind of eyeball it. Since
I’m making a two toned bat, cut out one piece for the bat. Now if you were making a one
toned bat, you just flip this and trace it again for your front piece, but since I’m
not I did this for my front piece which is what this is for and then I traced two wings
and then I traced two ears of the dark color and two ears of the light color. So that is
how you start the pattern. Next comes the sewing. To start sewing your bat your going
to start with the body piece and the wing. Align the wing right at the corner of the
neck here and then you will want to curve it around to match the body. That’s what’s
called sewing an opposing curve. If you’re having a hard time, you can pin this in place
to make it so it wont slip on your sewing machine, but I’m not going to do that. With
all sewing you should start by going back and forth a couple times to make a knot so
your sewing wont come undone. And then, you just sew around to attach the wing to the
body. I forgot to make a knot at the end. No problem. I’m going to stick the needle
back in and just go back and forth a few times. That should secure the thread in.
Now I cut off my excess seam allowance. This
helps make sure that all the curves are nice and neat. Repeat this process with the other
wing. Now to sew the ears you’re going to want to align a bottom piece with a top piece.
Make sure they go the same way. It’s fairly obvious. You’ll want to start here and sew
all the way around until here. Again, if you’re having a hard time with slipping, you can
pin it. Once more, I’m going to trim off my excess seam allowance. When you finish your
ears, you’re going to want to turn it inside out. I use a pair of hemostats for this, but
you can use whatever works. Once it’s right side out you’re going to want to look on your
pattern piece about where the line is and fold the ear to match. Use a pin to hold it
in place. Repeat this process with your other ear to have them both done. Next, we’re going
to start getting our bat ready to be sewn. First, I’m going to make sure I cut little
holes to insert the safety eyes. So just make little tiny cuts where the eyes are on the
front of the bat, then you lay your bat down. Next we’re going to pin our ears where they’re
going to go. So on the front of the bat, you’ll want them to look like this. Therefore, they’re
going to have to go this way so when we turn it right side out, it’ll be correct. Make
sure they’re lined up with the points here. Then pin them in place on the head. Do this
for both ears. You want to make sure the ears are facing down like this so they’ll be right
side up when we turn it right side out. Make sure they’re not sticking off to the side
or too far into the middle or they’ll end up kind of lopsided and looking a bit funny
when we’re done. Now place the back body piece over the front. Align everything and pin it
in place. Notice I’m flipping it to make sure it’s even on both sides still. Around the
head, take special care with the ears so that they’re not pinned in a seam. There, now we’re
ready to sew the body.To sew the body, start here at the bottom where you made the mark.
Sew all the way around your bat again, taking special care not to sew up your ears. Alright,
I finished sewing my bat and I cut off the excess seam allowance as I’ve been doing before.
Now on the front side of the bat you’re going to want to insert a safety eye
and poke it out through the hole. Then, to
secure the safety eye, push the washer down on it.Finally, I use a pair of wire cutters
to trim the post. This helps the face lay flat once it’s stuffed without the post sticking
through so far. Repeat this with your other safety eye. Then turn your bat right side
out. Again, I’m using a pair of hemostats, but whatever works for you will get the job
done. Tada! Here’s our bat turned all the way right side out. It looks almost done.
We just have a couple more steps. Here’s where your disappearing ink pen will come in handy.
You’re going to want to take your bat and, if you’re making a single colored bat, you
put the body here and trace from here to here and from here to here. Since we have a two
toned bat we already sort of have lines from there to there so we don’t have to do that,
but you can use the marker to draw where the veins on the wings will go. Next, we’re going
to sew the bat to define the body and add the detail on the wings. To define where the
body goes, we’re going to use a technique called stitching in the ditch. This is common
with quilting. You’re going to want to put your needle right there and sew as close as
you can onto that seam line. It’s okay if you get a little farther to either side, it
wont be that noticeable. My best advice here is to go slowly and pull the fabric a bit
to either side so you can clearly see the seam. Repeat this on the other side. Next
sew the seams onto your wings on the top like this. After you clip off the excess thread,
you’ll be ready to stuff. To stuff the bat you’ll just take normal polyfill stuffing
and stuff it. It’s that simple. I use hemostats for this as well, they’re kind of my go to
tool if you can’t tell. You’ll want to make sure that your bat is somewhat firm because
stuffing will settle over time and it will look a little bit flatter. I like to make
sure the head especially is a nice roundish ball. Then the body as well. I stuff the neck
a little less firmly to add some definition between the two. Once your bat is done being
stuffed, you’re going to close it using a ladder stitch. To make a ladder stitch you
want to insert the needle from the inside out to the front. Then you’ll take it and
insert it on the other side and push it back out. Repeat this step. Every once and awhile
pull on your ladder stitch to secure it. Do this all the way across the bat. I’m trying
my hardest to make sure there are no polyfill threads sticking out from my seam. The horizontal
lines like this are why they call it a ladder stitch. If you do get some threads sticking
out that’s okay they should pull out relatively quick and easily. Now to make a knot, insert
it back in to the material and pull it out. You’ll have a loop like this. Wrap the needle
around the loop a few times and pull. I like to do this several times to make sure that
it’s secure. When you’re finished stick the needle back in and poke it out at a random
part of the body, it doesn’t matter where. Then pull your plush so it’s nice and squished
and snip the thread close to the body. When the body puffs back up the thread is gone
and your bat is finished. Now you just need to lint roll him. If you’d like, you can sew
a loop onto the top of the head as easy as that. Now you can tie him anywhere you’d like.
Tada!

40 thoughts on “How To Sew A Beginner Bat Plush

  1. hey i was wondering if you sell any already made bats for some off us that arent good at sewing and dnt have a machine?

  2. Hey, I know this may be much to ask, but could you make a tutorial on how to make a sugar glider plushie? A friend of mine's baby sugar glider recently passed away, and I really want to make a glider plushie to give to her in memoriam.

  3. Hey, I know this may be much to ask, but could you make a tutorial on how to make a sugar glider plushie? A friend of mine's baby sugar glider recently passed away, and I really want to make a glider plushie to give to her in memoriam.

  4. Hi! Do you have any tips for sewing on a machine? I've been thinking of getting a sewing machine, since I'm tired of having to sew toys by hand.

  5. I'm so sad that I failed to make the bat.now I can only think being the worlds most dumbest person ever πŸ™πŸ˜’πŸ˜£πŸ˜©πŸ™πŸΌ

  6. so i am considering buying the pattern buuuuut I want to know how I could maybe make the little baby a bit bigger

  7. I have become addicted to Megabattie, so I will have to get this pattern and make one—after the holidays! And when I do, I will have to make a bat burrito (with a little blanket…what did you think I meant??!) Very very cute pattern!

  8. I haven't sewn since high school and am using a very simple sewing machine given to me (lil sew & sew) and this was a very simple tutorial. Thank you! Can't wait to try this out and make Christmas gifts!

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