Masks are such a fun way to add to a costume or for an easy way to dress up without much hassle. Using very few materials and cutting tools, you can have your own owl mask in no time. Whip them up for costumes or sleep masks, we think you’ll love how easy this project from the blog Sew.Craft.Create is!
This project is great for even a beginner because the materials allow for very basic stitching. No seam finishing is required for stitching together felt, and it cuts crisp with no worry of fraying. It’s a magic material, and we use it anywhere we can get away with it! Once you’ve decided on a basic shape for your mask (shown here as an owl with a template, but we can see this being used for any type of animal, too), it’s embellishment time! We love how much you can add to a mask using machine and hand-sewing techniques. This could be a fun place to practice some of those decorative stitches on your machine that you haven’t had a use for yet.
This tutorial goes through the steps using a die cut machine to make the eye circles, which is a great tool for precise and intricate cutting. If you’re not confident with cutting by hand, it’s certainly a great option to consider. Sometimes household items can help in the cutting department if you’re not ready for a cutting machine, and you can find perfect circles at the bottom of jars and cups all over. If you’re cutting by hand, a simple trace on your felt with a light marking tool will help you make precise cuts with small scissors or a rotary cutter.
Ribbon ties off the mask, which we love especially if your little one gets irritated with elastic. It allows for adjustment as heads grow, and is a great way to add a little something extra to the design. Who doesn’t love an excuse to visit the trimmings section at their favorite fabric store?
Ready for the full tutorial? Visit Sew Craft Create for the full how-to with great photos & tips!
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