DIY Bat Wing Hooded Shirt | Make Thrift Buy #26 – Halloween Edition!

[intro music] Hi! Welcome to Make Thrift Buy. Now if you’re
new here, this is a show where YOU, the audience, send me links to clothing or accessories that
you’ve found on the internet, and then I do my best to recreate them. Today’s challenge was suggested by the Genevieve
Stanley, who wanted me to try and make a bat wing hooded tunic top!
The shirt from Genevieve’s original suggestion is from Kreepsville 666, and also sold on
Dollskill, but I’m not going to be recreating this shirt exactly – and I’m also going
to use shirts and costumes and dresses that I found on places like Aliexpress, ebay, Amazon,
Walmart…? those are not practical… as inspiration for my very own bat wing shirt. Anyway, let’s get started! I started out by thrifting myself a black
long-sleeve t-shirt. This was $6 which was WAY too overpriced for a secondhand shirt,
but that’s what you get if you shop in inner-city thrift stores! I also have this stretchy lycra fabric, which
I got at Lincraft. I’m going to be using this for the bat wings and hood. So the first step is making the wings! To do this, I place my shirt on top of the
lycra material, and I bring the arm up like this. Then, with one end of my tape measure at the
armpit seam, I draw a mark 13 inches – 13 huh… spoooooooky! – away from the armpit,
on the lycra just below the sleeve. I continue to make marks in a radius 13 inches
away from the armpit seam. I join these marks up to make this circular
shape, and then I also trace around the insides of the shirt, to make this shape! And now, I’m going to cut out TWO of these
from the lycra. I’m going to make these look more like bat
wings. To do this, I grab myself a kitchen plate,
and I use that to trace 4 part-circles onto the edge of these “wings”. Now, I’m going to sew over the top of this
chalk line. First, I’m using a straight stitch… …and then I’m going to go over it
again using a zig zag stitch. Then I’m simply going to cut carefully around
the edges of the stitch that I just made. Now just so you know, I’m not worried about
it fraying, because I’m using a lycra material, which is a material that does not fray. So, I’m cutting as close to that stitch
as possible, making sure not to cut right through it. And the edges of my bat wings look like this. And I repeat this for both wings. Now it’s time to attach these to the shirt. First, I turn the shirt inside-out. I line up the bat wing with the shirt, and
I make small marks where the edges of the wing end. Here, and here. Then, I start carefully seam-ripping the shirt
between these two marks. Seam-ripping, however, this takes FOREVER,
so once I got onto the other side of the shirt I simply cut up the seam with this massive
pair of scissors. Both methods are valid – but, if you’re lazy like me, just cut up the seam.
It’ll be totally fine. So once that seam was busted open, I lined
the wing up again… and then – watch carefully – I flipped it over, pushing it inside the
shirt, matching up the raw edges of the wing with the raw edges of the opened-up shirt.
I pinned the seam of the shirt back together, with the RAW EDGE of the wing SANDWICHED between
these two pieces. Now, the curves you’re matching up here
DO go in two different directions, so you’ll get quite a bit of bunching when you pin.
So, it’s a good idea to just pin the arm first, and then sew across HERE – using,
again a zig zag stitch. Now, if you’re going to sew over the top of your pins, be really
careful. You can sew over them – CAREFULLY – if they’re lying perpendicular to your
sewing foot like this, but if you’re unsure or uncertain, it’s a really good idea to
remove the pins just before you sew over the top of them, because sewing over the top can,
in RARE cases, break your needle. Now because I’m working with stretchy material,
which likes to roll over at the edges, I made sure that I went really slowly, and I flattened
out the bottom layer as I sewed – as you can see me doing here. Then, I did the exact same thing for the body
of the shirt, pinning the side seams of the shirt back together with the raw edge of the
wing sandwiched between these two layers. And again, I sewed over the three layers like
this. I then did the EXACT same thing to the other
side… And then I turned the shirt the right way
around! And – we’ve got wings! Now, I want to add a hood. I’ve never made
a hood before, but luckily, I have this hooded jacket – and I’m basically going to use
this to copy and make my own hood from. The hood was detachable, so I took it off
the jacket, put it on to see if it would fit my shirt, and realized that I would need to
extend the hood pattern a little bit so it would reach the back of the shirt. So, to copy the hood, I simply folded it in
half and then I traced around it onto my lycra, adding some extra inches here to the bottom. I then folded my lycra over in half, so that
I could cut through two layers at a time, put pins through both layers to hold them
together, and then I cut around the chalk lines. So, now I’ve got these two identical pieces
pinned together, I’m going to sew together like this. Annnnd – It worked! I have a hood! Yay! Now, I could also hem the raw edges of the
hood to make it a bit neater, but I’m not going to bother because, as I mentioned before,
this fabric doesn’t fray at the edges, plus I’m lazy. To attach the hood to the shirt, I line up
the middle seam with the tag, because the tag is in the middle of the shirt, and then
I pin it on at these three places so it doesn’t move, and then sew it onto the neckline like this. And there’s my hood! And I’m really excited,
because I’ve never made a hood before, and it was surprisingly easy! Sooo… I could just finish it here… but
I feel like it’s still missing something… That’s it! I need to add some bat ears! First, I make a mark where bat ears should
sit. Then, I cut out 4 identical triangle pieces
from my lycra fabric. I pin 2 pieces each together, and I sew them
together like this, leaving a small hole, through which I can turn them inside-out.
Then, I grab some stuffing – and this stuffing was saved from when I pulled the guts out
of Mr Bear here in episode number 23! – and then I stuffed the ears, through the small
gap, until they’re nice and fat. Then, I use a needle and thread to handstitch the
small gap closed, and then I use this same needle and thread to stitch the ears onto
the top of the hood, where I made those chalk marks before. Then the last thing I did, which I probably
should have done earlier, was to iron the edges of the bat wings flat. And – this
is what you SHOULDN’T do. Please take the shirt off before ironing, because this is
not a smart way to iron things! Anyway, that’s it. Now the question is – how does it look?
How did I go? [music plays – Halloween-style dubstep music] And – that’s it! And my conclusion is:
[zipper, snipping sound effects] Thrift yourself a black t-shirt, which should
be pretty easy to do – or use one that you already have – and then make this for yourself!
It would make both a cute Halloween costume, but also it’s subtle enough to just be a cute
t-shirt that you wear around the time of Halloween! And if you’re wondering about the difficulty
of this project – if you are a confident sewer, so I’d say confident beginner and above – it
shouldn’t take you more than 3 or 4 hours to complete this. If you liked this, give
this video a thumbs up, as always use the hashtag #diyannika on Instagram to show me
your own attempts at any of my tutorials, and I’ll see you all for my next video. Bye! [camera photo-taking noises] Demon Annika: “Yeah. Instagram…”

100 thoughts on “DIY Bat Wing Hooded Shirt | Make Thrift Buy #26 – Halloween Edition!”

  1. please make these!!!

  2. I've been trying to make this for my cousin's birthday tomorrow but the hood keeps turning out too pointy and cone headed. Any suggestions?

  3. Am I the only one who noticed the science pun behind her? "Heterozy-goats, Heterozygous" Omfg XD I love it so much.

  4. In regards to sewing over pins: I broke a needle once while on a deadline for a costume in the middle of the night. I had no spares that could do the job, there were tears.

  5. thinking about doing this to a hoodie and making additional little add-ons to recreate this hoodie:

    Only minus the glove hands, and using this technique for the wings instead

    I made a cat ear hoodie before, so I get the jest of what I'll need and whatnot. So excited to start this project

  6. I thought that using a straight stitch in stretchy material is bad, so why are you using it on the wings?

  7. Annika, can you recommend any channels who do something like make thrift buy but for accessories? I really want to make the killstar pentacle belt, but I am not sure how!

  8. To you 6 dollars is a lot of money over here cost 20 dollars the least and if it is second hand cost 11 something

  9. I have a cheapy costume robe that's made to look like spider webs, I think I want to use that to try this project for myself! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I used to absolutely hate seam ripping too but then I learned how to do it "properly" and now seam ripping is one of the most fun parts of sewing XD This video explains the right was to used a seam ripper really well:

  11. Great vid annika! I actually went as a bat for Halloween last year and used an old broken black umbrella so the wings were spiney and sewed it onto a black long sleeved top and it looked awesome! X

  12. I would love this as a slightly thicker(maybe by adding a warm lining fabric?) hoodie jacket and totally wear this normally, not just as a costume.

  13. try the snorlax bean bag chair!!!

  14. My sister wants to be a bat more than anything for halloween but every shop sells witches and princesses so I'm gonna make this for her today while she's away 😊😊

  15. My mom made me this when I was in kindergarten when I was supposed to dress up as a bat for show we did.The group I was with was all boys and they were wearing Batman costumes and I was wearing this
    When i saw that you uploaded this video I showed it to my mom and we watched the videos from the show Again
    We both laughed a lot!
    Thank you for making us look back ,remember laugh and have a good time!

  16. This tutorial plus the kigurumi tutorial combined and I will be able to make the Bat Kigurumi I've always wanted! Love your videos!

  17. I know this is a (very) old video, but do you think this would work with a generic hoodie? I have an old hoodie lying around that I've wanted to do something with for a while, but I don't know if it would work or not

  18. Do you have a preferred social media for pics of stuff we made using your tutorial? I'm planning on making this for Supanova (with a few edits).

  19. Hey Annika, i'm a beginner at sewing. Like VERY beginner. All my experience has been with making quilts and pillow cases, but i'm still interested in making clothing. When I start, what piece of clothing should I try first?

  20. when she cut the other side of the shirt instead of ripping the seams it made that side slightly smaller and I couldn't get over it 😭😂

  21. personally i would have cut two slits in the hood where you marked for the ears, added some seam allowance to to ears themselves, flipped the hood inside out and fed the ears through sewing the raw edges together so that they would lay flush against the head better. but other than that, I think this was a great recreation of the look.

  22. Thank you so much. I'll be trying this out for my daughter. I might cheat and use a hoodie though. It would probably be warmer for trick-or-treating in.

  23. So glad I remembered you did this video! I think I might do this for Halloween. Could the sleeves be done with a lacy material? How about the hood, or would the lace not hold the ears up well?

  24. I used to be a really confident sewer and i had no problem going over pins but about 6yr ago i sewed over a pin and the needle broken and got stuck in the lash line! literally a millimeter from my eyeball, i was extremely lucky! It took me a good 4yrs before i'd go near a sewing machine!

  25. At 1:42, when I try to do that my fabric bunches up and I'm not sure why or how to stop it. Can someone help me with this please?

  26. I think it would look super cute with a black sweatshirt/hoodie instead of a T-shirt. In any case, it is good for northern hemisphere Halloween, because, let's face it, it is pretty cold around that time and there is no way you can put a sweatshirt or jumper (meant in the British sense) on top of those batwings.

  27. shark in halloween > new and funny

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