Today I’m excited to share a sewing tutorial with you! It’s a quick and easy one, but very cool for kids. It seems that all kids, girls or boys, like to dress up. Since Halloween last year I’ve really been thinking a lot about this and making a few things for Calen here and there.
I made his Pirate costume for Halloween last year…
… which he totally loved! (And so did I!)
Tonight Calen and I were watching The Incredibles before bedtime and I thought “I can so make him a few masks”…. and thus, creativity ensued!
Want to make a few of your own for your children? Keep reading…
- fabric scissors
- pattern — you can print it here: Mask Pattern
- elastic (I used 1/8″ width)
- embroidery floss and needle and/or sewing machine with thread
Step 1: Print and cut out the pattern templates – there are two of exactly the same pieces since you are going to be cutting 2 pieces of felt
Click on the photo below for the pattern to print…. (it will pull up a PDF file)
Step 2: Cut 2 pieces of the mask from your felt (these are going to be exactly the same, but you will have chances to trim them along the way if your cutting isn’t exact)
Tip: to cut the eyes, cut a slit in the middle of each eye-hole with larger scissors then take smaller fabric scissors to cut around the eye-hole.
Step 3: Layer the two pieces of cut felt on top of each other and trim any excess – you want them as close to identical as possible. Pin the layers together to keep them in place.
Step 4: Take your embroidery floss and separate the strands to make the strand you work with 3-ply instead of 6-ply. Then stitch around each eye hole (see photos). Start and end your stitching on the inside of the layers, hiding your knots in-between the layers of felt.
If you don’t want to hand-stitch, you can use a sewing machine to do this outline-stitching instead.
Step 5: Cut your elastic to approximately 12″-14″ in length – use your child’s head to measure before you permanently attach it to the mask to be sure it fits comfortably. For Calen, who has a ton of hair, I used a full 14 inches of elastic. Pin the elastic to the felt mask between the layers. You want the tightest part of the mask to be at the eyes so that the mask is held in place and doesn’t shift as much while your child is wearing it – so position the elastic ends beside the eye-holes on each side of the mask.
Step 6: Take the pinned mask to your sewing machine and machine stitch around the perimeter of the mask – back-stitching over where the elastic is to make sure it is well secured.
Step 7: Do one last trim.
And then make lots more in many different colors! You can even do one color on the front and another on the back to make a reversible mask.
One note… this pattern is designed for children around the age of 3 or 4, so if you are making this for a younger child you will need to move the eyes to be closer together. Likewise, if you are making it for an older child, you may need to move the eyes out further.
I do eventually make to make him a few capes to go with his masks… but that’s for another day.