Step 1

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Sketch Bat Wing Shape

To create the wings, draw a 4" x 4" square on the paper side of the iron-on adhesive.  From one edge of the square, draw a wing shape approximately 11" long by 7" wide.

Step 2

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Trace Second Wing Shape

Cut out the wing shape, turn it paper-side down on another piece of adhesive, and trace.  Cut out the second wing.

Step 3

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Apply Wing Shape to Fleece

Lay the wing shaped adhesive on the fleece, paper-side up, and iron.  Be careful not to place a hot iron directly on the fleece.

Step 4

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Cut Wings and Lay Out Wire

Once fused, cut along the wing shape and remove the paper.  Bend the wire into the shape of the top edge of the wings and place it on the shiny adhesive. Cut a few short pieces of wire for the "bones" of the wings.

Step 5

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Add Second Piece of Fleece

Cover the wings with the wire in place then another piece of fleece.  Cover the fleece with an ironing cloth or a thin piece of cotton and iron until the two pieces are fused.  Cut the second layer of fleece into the existing wing shape.

Step 6

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Sew Bat Wings

Sew all the way around the edge of the wings.  Then sew along the edges of the wire. 

Step 7

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Create the Harness

To make the harness, measure your dog around the chest, half way down the back, and also around the waist.  Cut the fleece into a modified H shape with the arms of the H matching your dog's chest and waist measurements plus 2" (the arms should be 2-1/2" wide).  The center of the H should be about 8" wide and the length of half your dog's back.  For example, on a medium dog, this harness has straps that measure 23" end to end and a center panel measuring 8" wide by 9" long.

Step 8

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Attach Wings To Harness

Attach the wings to the harness by sewing a few lines along the square section of the wings.  

Step 9

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Add Fasteners

Apply Velcro tape to the straps of the harness.  Place the soft side of the tape on the underside of the right straps and the hard side of the Velcro tape on the topside of the left straps. 

Step 10

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Nocturnal Ready

Now bend the wings into the desired shape and adorn your pooch in this spooktacular creation. Your pup is ready for Halloween night.