Cheese Cloth Bat
SUPPLIES & TOOLS:
- 4” Styrofoam ball
- 12 yds Dritz® Cheesecloth
- Dylon® Permanent Fabric Dye, black
- Black spray paint
- Dritz® Liquid Stitch™
- Dritz® Belle Buttons™
- Metal hanger
- Black ribbon
- 3” square black felt
- Needle & thread
- Straight pins
- Wire cutters
- Mixing bowl & spoon
- Measuring cup
- Black tape
- Insert 3 straight pins into both the top and bottom of the ball, to create a temporary tripod. Spray paint the ball for the head. Allow to dry.
- Following the instructions on the package, prepare your bucket of dye and start your cheesecloth. Rinse and allow to dry.
- To create the frame for the bat, cut the bottom straight portion of your hanger in the center. Wrap with the cut ends with black tape, so it doesn’t snag your cheesecloth or poke through. Then bend the two sides outwards to create the wings. Spray paint black.
- Cut your 3” square of felt in half diagonally to create two triangles.
- Squeeze some Liquid Stitch™ in the center of each, along the longest side, fold it in half and pin closed. Allow to dry.
- Turn the ear upside down, fold the two side points of the triangle back towards the glued fold, and stitch them to the fold. This will create a flat surface to glue to the head.
- Run a few rounds of thread through the buttons for eyes. So they will look stitched, when they’ll actually be glued.
- When the cheesecloth is dried, cut it into four, 3 yd strips.
- Cut the hook off the hanger, by cutting 2” above the twisted portion of the hook. Place two of the cheesecloth strips over the wire wings. Then carefully shove the ball on top.
- Wrap a long piece of ribbon around the ball and through the two wires at the base of the hook, that the head is sitting on. Tie it off at the top of the head, and leave enough excess to hang it when complete. This will keep the head attached to the base.
- Put the rest of the cheesecloth over the head, and work the ribbon through the weave of the cloth so it comes out the top. Tie another ribbon around the neck to gather.
- Glue on the ears and eyes. You can also use your spray painted straight pins, from your tripod, to pin the ears on from the back as well - as an extra security measure.