I came across a thrift store grab bag of good-sized pieces of fulled and hand-dyed wool for $3. What does one do when one acquires such a thing? One makes a bat.
I used this pattern:
Except I traced it off my phone screen at somewhere between 50% and 75% full size, because I don’t have a printer at home. He’s all hand-stitched, in part so I could sit in front of the TV, and in part because I could better control the smaller-than-standard seam allowance, since I reduced the pattern without adjusting it. I also cut the head pieces on the bias to help round out the darts. The original pattern recommends that stretchy fabric be used, because wovens won’t tend to properly round out, but a 100% wool fabric cut on the bias was sufficiently stretchy to accomplish it when properly stuffed. Next I plan on making a Tattooed Lady bat out of dark plum plaid with crimson accents and a good deal of embroidery.