The easiest costume around consists of a simple, yet safe mask. So, if you’re already in costume panic mode, we can help you out today with lots of options for quick, super-clever Simple Masks to Make that your kids will love. Let’s go!
Star Wars Masks
Originally designed to satisfy her daughter’s desire for a Star Wars week, the starry-great character masks designed by Jess for her Me Sew Crazy blog are splendid! Jess offers a free PDF with multi-size patterns to mask everyone from your littles all the way to star struck adults. I’m so impressed with these reversible masks and they’d make terrific favors for a Star Wars birthday gala! They’re made from lightweight cottons that allow for breathing – kind of an essential. Quick and practical, these masks are easy to make and include four options suitable for your home star base. Practical because they can also double as germ barriers when there’s illness in your home! Click here for Jess’ tutorial. Love them you will!
The Owl Masks designed by Delilah for the Sew Mama Sew blog are enchantingly beautiful and I’m pretty sure I need one (or maybe two or three) for myself! Wouldn’t they be fun for a grown-up costume party? Made from soft, versatile felt, you’ll stitch the main pieces together by machine and add hand stitched details. Delilah’s tutorial includes a printable PDF pattern with detailed, you-can-do-it, cutting instructions. You’ll love the fabulous stitching and embellishing how-tos she includes along with confidence inspiring close-ups of each step. Don’t let the details scare you, Delilah will be there to hold your hand all the way through. Click here for this magically, elegant Owl Mask tutorial on Sew Mama Sew.
Super Hero Masks
Add an easy cape to one of these super-powered masks designed by Jessica for her Cutesy Crafts blog and you’ll make hero size magic. In just as hour or so, you’ll have a favorite costume stitched together! Perfect for stocking a dress-up box, you may want to add these seven heroic masks to your list of “Holiday Gifts to Make”, too. Comfy, easy-to-stitch elastic holds the lightweight felt mask securely to your child’s head. Large eye openings make it easy for him or her to see where to reach for the candy while they’re out trick or treating. Soooo fun!!
Jessica cleverly used easy-to-tear-off paper as a template for the detailed stitching on the spider guy mask. It’s a handy technique you can file and use for detailed stitching on other projects, too! I first found Jessica’s masks on the Sew Like My Mom blog. Blogger Melissa of SLMM made marvelous masks using the Cutesy Crafts tutorial. It’s so inspiring to see what another sewist has done with a designer’s post!
Melissa’s tutorial describes how she cleverly used Jessica’s paper template hint on her other masks, also. I’m including links below to both posts for your inspiration. At the end of Melissa’s post on Sew Like My Mom, you’ll find a fabulous Cape Shirt tutorial that’s perfect for adding to your mask stash!
- Click here for the original Superhero Party Masks tutorial by Jessica on the Cutesy Crafts blog.
- Click here to see the Superhero Masks made by Melissa of the Sew Like My Mom blog. Scroll down to the end for the Cape Shirt link!
Set aside some stitching time and plan to stock your costume supply box with several of these Simple Masks. If you have a child who loves to dress up no matter what the season, masks are a great stimulation to their already creative imagination. On a rainy day, there’s nothing like a mask to transform your littles into their favorite characters for hours of play tiime. It’s a great solution to the Fall/Winter cry of “Mom, I’m bored” when it’s too wet outside to play!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.