You know how The Champ is a fan of bats, right?
Well, we were out late one night ... well past bedtime ... for a holiday event that almost ensures the kids will fall asleep in the car on the way home and you'll have to carry them up to their beds ...
and hope their teeth won't disintegrate from a night without dentifrice.
Of course, Jed is already snoring by the time I'm done making sure the kids are tucked in ... I think I'll go downstairs and surf the interwebs for a while.
... also, I seem to recall feeding time for the dog and cat has been overlooked.
So I head downstairs ... Stopping dead in my tracks at the fourth-step from the bottom.
Because in the living room, FLYING AT ME, is a bat.
Now, I know bats are pretty small and harmless when they're all folded up and hanging upside down in a bat lair, cleverly cut into the side of a mountain by some Hollywood film crew ...
In my house. Where my bed and computer are. The thing was a menacing giant.
Now, I did what any self-respecting, bat-loving, can-do-anything woman would do in a situation like this: I crouched as low to the floor as humanly possible, crawled back up the stairs, closed the doors to the kids' rooms and woke my husband from a sound sleep.
"There's a bat in the house."
"I know. You're parents gave it to him last summer. It came with a ball and glove."
"No. The winged creature kind."
He woke up, went downstairs and commenced to wonder what he was going to do about this predicament. ...
While I sat at the top of the stairs and waited. ...
I heard the opening and closing of doors as he went on a room-to-room check.
"Did he come back your way?"
"Nope. Nothing up here but us chickens."
He was removing picture frames from the walls and banging sheet rock. He went to the Christmas tree and gave it a shake. Nothing.
Then I heard the unmistakable sound of a muffled curse.
"Did you find him?"
"He went out the door. He's gone now."
"How do you know it's a him?"
"Bad sonar, but won't ask for directions."
OK ... So that's pretty much where the inspiration for this week's craftacular project comes from ... that and the need to have a simple handmade thing-a-ma-jig to put under the tree for the kidlets.
So I put the idea "soft and comfy pillow" together with "winged, rat-like harbinger of terror."
I predict sweet dreams!
WHAT YOU NEED
* A 9' circular pillow form or polyfill.
* Brown fur-like fabric (I cut two 10-inch circles).
* 1/2 yard of Black pleather material (leftover from the bat costume).
* A few triangles of white craft felt.
* A black, fleece remnant (cut into two triangles for ears, and a little mushroom for nose).
* Saftey eyes.
* A 4" piece of ribbon.
UNNECESSARY BUT HELPFUL
* A sewing machine
NOT HELPFUL BUT INSPIRATIONAL
* A live model
WHAT YOU DO
CUT OUT ALL YOUR PIECES
* Cut two circles of brown fabric for the body.
* Cut two bat wings out of pleather. Flip over and use them to cut two more.
make them the same length as the body.
* Cut two, large triangles out of fleece and fold into smaller triangles.
* Cut mushroom shape out of fleece for nose; and cut triangles out of white felt.
ASSEMBLE THE PARTS
* Cut tiny slits for eyes in the front side of the body fabric and insert safety eyes; secure the backs. Next sew on nose and teeth. I sewed around the entire nose, but secured the teeth only at the top.
* Flip wings so the outsides face in, and pin them together. Sewing around three sides of each wing. Turn right-side out through the end opening. Use a pencil to poke any tight spots out.
* Take the ear triagles and sew around the edge, leaving room to turn it right side out.
* Being careful to put the ears at the top of the face, turn the body circles right side in and sandwich the fabric over the wings, Ears and ribbon loop (also pointing inward). Pin around the outside.
* Sew around the whole thing, making sure to secure the appendages and leave enough room to insert the stuffing or pillow form.
* Turn right side out.
* Insert stuffing or pillow form.
* Close up the opening.
AND THERE IT IS ...
A flightless rodent you're kids CAN cuddle.
*In case you're wondering ... I put the ribbon loop at the bottom so he can hang upsidedown when he's taking a nap.