I first heard about bat wraps a number of years ago but I never got around to actually making them until earlier this month when I had some flannelette lying around on my lounge chair and I didn’t feel like packing it so I thought perfect time to use it up and make them.
Bat wraps are used by wildlife carers to care for young bats (pups) who come into their care. The wrap is made from flannelette which is soft and cuddly for the pups. Each wrap has a pillow section which the pups are placed on and then a length of fabric which is rolled around the pups to keep them tight, kind of like a bat burrito.
Sewing wise these were very easy to do. I must admit I did struggle a little with top stitching around the edge of the stuffed pillow section. If I make these again I think I will top stitch around it all except for section that the stuffing is placed in before I stuff it and then just hand top stitch the stuffing section. It will be quicker for me and a lot neater. On my Sewing Bingo 2020 card I was able to tick off A First from my list as I mentioned this was my first time making these.
Lakebed In Parramatta Park
Pups can come into care due to the death or injury of the mother or be abandoned due to weather conditions such as drought. Sadly along the east coast of Australia this summer due to the drought not just in regional areas but also in metropolitan areas such as Sydney a lot of pups have been abandoned due to the lack of water supply. I live near a major park in Western Sydney which contains a large bat colony and I have seen first hand a lake in the park dry up completely due to the drought conditions. It is heartbreaking to see the lake like this. It will take a lot of rain for the lake to reform and I really do hope it does for all the animals who use it as their water supply.
WIRES looks after native animals who become sick, injured or abandoned. The service works every day of the year to rescue and care for the animals. Volunteers care for the animals in their own homes until they are well enough to be released back into the wild. They do an amazing job. I would love to be a carer but unfortunately I can’t but that doesn’t mean you can’t still help WIRES. If you can knit or you can sew your skills can help WIRES. WIRES are always needing pouches. You can either knit them or sew them. They do require that yarn used be 100% wool 8ply and the fabric be 100% cotton or flannelette. The fabric and wool needs to be breathable as the animal in enclosed in the pouch. Carers go through around 6 – 8 fabric pouches per day per animal and may have 4 – 6 animals in their care at any one time.
In the last couple of weeks I made a batch of pouches and in my spare room found another batch I made earlier this year. I’ve washed them all again (they may get ironed) I will post them off next week. I’ve been doing WIRES pouches for a few years now. I love that my sewing can help others. Native animals are close to my heart and I’m glad to be able to help them.
Whether you believe that this was a genuine call out for help or just a hoax is up to you. I believe this to be genuine to help the very injured koalas. A call was put out on Facebook by the International Fund for Animal Welfare to make mittens to aid in the recovery of burnt koala paws. As I already make WIRES pouches and had already made a batch earlier this week and posted them off to Fauna Rescue SA as soon as I saw this mitten appeal I decided to help.
Like the WIRES pouches the fabric needed to 100% cotton so I just used some calico from a roll I had in my stash. I folded the fabric 4 layers thick pinning it down the length of the fabric then pinned the mitten templates I made from the dimensions shown in the Facebook instruction image and cut them all out. I constructed them on the overlocker by first overlocking the bottom of each mitten then putting them together in pairs and stitching them together. The 4 thread seam meant I was joining them and finishing off the seams at the same time. I then took pieces of wool, tied a knot in one end then hand stitched the wool string to each pouch through the knot as an anchor. I made 13 pairs of mittens which equated to 26 in total. I used leftover wool from my stash after making a blanket last year.
A lot of people around the world were drawn to make these and it was lovely to see the response. All the organisations are always in need of pouches so I hope the support shown over the last week carries on and people do decide to support the wildlife organisations and make items for them. Pouches and other items are always needed by the various organisations to aid in the day to day care of injured and abandoned wildlife and not just needed when it gets mentioned on Facebook.