I’m excited to share with you all this super easy tutorial for making felt animal masks. Plus you can find a free pattern for the four masks shown here. My kids loved them and had fun galloping around the house…I may have joined in the fun!
Two of the patterns are woodland creatures — a fawn and a fox. You could add a cute bow to the deer, or some little antlers if you wanted to change it up a bit.
The other two patterns are a unicorn and a dragon. The unicorn can easily be made into a horse by omitting the horn. You could really make these your own by switching up the colors. One of the fun things about these is the ability to experiment.
So let’s get down to the tutorial.
What You Need:
- Felt in the colors you prefer for your animal
- Fusible Web/Iron-on Adhesive
- Ribbon or elastic
- Matching thread (optional)
You’ll also need to download the pattern pieces …
Note – the pattern is in PDF format. You’ll need the free Adobe Reader, or a similar program installed on to open it. Make sure to print it at 100% (no scaling) to get an accurately sized mask. There is a 1 inch square on the first page you can measure to check you’ve printed it at 100%.
To start print out your pattern pieces. Make sure you print them at 100% and check the 1″ square to be sure they printed the correct size.
Cut out all of the pieces and trace them onto the smooth side of your fusible web, grouping them by color.
Cut around each color group and iron onto your felt. Check your iron settings aren’t too hot for your felt. I ironed on a cotton setting and had no problem. Also be sure to read the directions for your particular fusible web to be sure you are doing it correctly. One last note is to be sure that you are tracing and cutting out mirror images for items that go on both sides of the face like the whiskers on the fox.
Cut out your felt pieces, peel off the backing from the fusible web and iron them onto the main mask piece one by one.
After you have ironed on all of the pieces, trace your main pattern pieces onto a piece of felt and cut out. You do not need fusible web on this pieces since it is already on the back of your other main piece.
Cut a piece of ribbon to fit around your child’s head. I cut my ribbon to 38″. Place it down across the center of your pattern.
Peel the backing off your main pattern piece and iron it onto the back piece, layering the ribbon between the pieces. Cut out the eyes, trim around the mask if any stray parts are showing.
If your ribbon will fray, fold the ends back 1/4″ and then a 1/4″ again and then sew close to the fold.
The last step is optional, but I feel it gives it a more professional look. With matching thread, topstitch along your pattern pieces using a longer straight stitch. I set my length to 3. This also helps hold everything together.
And that’s it you’re done! We would love to see your versions. Show them off on the Rebecca Page Sewing Facebook page!