My almost 3 year old is totally in love with panda bears and playing in character at the moment. So I decided to make a panda bear mask for her.
What you’ll need:
• felt sheets, color depending on the animal you want to make
• Iron-on interfacing (vlieseline)
• yarn (in the colors of your felt sheets)
• elastic cord
• eyelets + hammer
• black embroidery thread + needle
• sewing machine
Step 1 – make the pattern
In this case we are going to make a panda bear. But you can create any animal you want. I always use a basic template and sketch the animal we want to create on top of it to make the pattern. (Google a lot of images and try to figure out what the characteristics of the chosen animal are.)
Step 2 – prep & cut your felt
Because I wanted the mask to be strong enough to survive for some time, I backed the felt with some iron-on interfacing. Put the pattern on top of the interfacing and trace it. Cut out the mask.
Step 3 – sew the mask
Use the zig zag stitch to hem the edges. Leave the ears open, because they are going to be black. I used yarn in matching colors of the felt. Pin the black pieces in place and use zig zag again to secure.
Turn the mask. The eye holes should be in the middle of the seams, not touching one of the edges. Cut out the eye holes and zig zag the edges with black yarn.
Step 4– finishing up
Take a scrap piece of felt with interlacing and cut out two circles, a bit bigger than the eyelets. Cut a cross on both sides of the mask and in the middle of the circles. Be carful, it can easily get too big.
Insert the eyelet through the mask and one of the circles; the nice rounded edge of the eyelet is on the front of the mask. Set it with a hammer (and a finishing tool). Set the other eyelet on the other side.
To give the mask a hand sewn finish I added some decorative embroidery.
Attach the elastic cord.