How to Make a Bat Kite

Written by susan raphael
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Making a bat kite is a fairly easy project to take on. It is common to make kites into a shape of an animal. Picking out an animal that flies is a logical choice. Experiment with the design and colours of your bat kite, making it dazzle the audience when airborne.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Black fabric
  • White chalk
  • Wire
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • String

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw a bat pattern on a piece of cardboard. Cut the pattern using scissors.

  2. 2

    Place a one-yard piece of black fabric (polyester or cotton) on a flat service. Place the bat pattern on top of the fabric. Trace around the pattern onto the fabric with white chalk.

  3. 3

    Cut the bat shape out of the fabric within the chalk line.

  4. 4

    Mark ½ inch from the edges of both wings. Fold in each wing side along the mark and stitch it to form tubes for the wire frame.

  5. 5

    Bend a piece of wire into a half moon shape. Push the wire into the fabric tubes. Stitch the wire into the fabric.

  6. 6

    Insert some string into the tubes. Form a loop with the string. Tie that end of the string to the string line at the bat’s bottom side, at the centre. Close the wire frame loops by sewing the ends.

Tips and warnings

  • Cut out strips of the same fabric to make the tail of the bat kite. Stitch them in the centre of the bat kite's bottom part.
  • Attach eyes, teeth and glitter onto the fabric to make the kite more interesting.

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