These fabulous felt masks will transport any child back in time, encouraging them to take a walk on a wild side and share their very best ROAR! Using simple machine appliqué and surface embroidery to create texture, you can create this trio of masks from Carolyn Letten. Introduce an educational element by making your masks realistic in colour, or you can let your imagination run riot with an eclectic selection of felt.
- Felt, assorted colours
- Elastic cord
- Heavyweight interfacing
- Acid free glue
Sew a Triceratops
Download and print the templates from sewmag.co.uk. Cut out one complete triceratops head from paper. Use the paper template to snip out one head from taupe felt. Cut out the nose section from the paper template and use it to snip one nose piece from green felt, complete with two nostril holes. Cut out the three horns from the paper template and use them to make three horns from white felt. Secure the nose and horns in place on the taupe face using an acid free glue stick.
Mark the placement of the eyes on the taupe felt using a water dissolvable pen. Carefully snip out the eyes. Place the mask front onto a piece of heavyweight interfacing, draw around it, then trim the interfacing 5mm smaller all the way around. Mark the eyes, then cut them out of the interfacing. Use the glue stick to stick the interfacing on to the back of the felt mask, then allow it to dry.
Machine stitch using a dark thread around the edges of the horns, nose and nostrils, approximately 2mm in from the edge. Using orange, dark purple and blue felt, snip out the circles and stitch in place using contrasting threads. Use coloured thread to stitch smaller circles and the zig zag down the centre of the face.
Place the mask right side up onto your chosen colour of felt for the back and cut out, with an extra 3cm all the way around. Cut a 43cm piece of black elastic cord and tie a double knot near each end. Sew around the eye and all the way around the head 2mm in from the edge, trapping the ends of the elastic in between the felt at both sides as shown by the ‘x’. To finish, carefully snip out the remaining back layer of felt from the eyes, leaving a 2mm border, then cut away the back felt leaving a 2mm border.
Make a T-rex
Cut out one T-rex head from green felt. Mark and snip out the eyes as before. Use the template to cut out the nostrils, side and top markings from a jade coloured felt. Make the eyebrows from pale green felt, mouth from magenta and teeth from white felt. Use an acid free glue to stick them in place, then allow to dry.
Place the mask front onto a piece of interfacing, draw around it then trim the interfacing 5mm smaller all the way around. Mark the eyes, then cut them out of the interfacing. Stick the mask right side up onto the interfacing and allow it to dry. Use a dark thread to stitch the jade felt face markings 2mm in from the edge, white for the teeth and red for the mouth. Add a 2mm border of sewing onto the green felt around the jade elements and across the top of the mouth, then add a border of red stitching around the teeth.
Use the dark thread to sew the eyebrows, the arch of the nose and some small circular markings as shown. Use orange thread to add the remaining circular markings and stitch around the nostrils. To finish the eyes and make up, follow step 4 from the triceratops.
Stitch a Stegosaurus
Follow step 1 from the T-rex, cutting the head from purple felt, and marking and snipping out the eyes. Use the template to cut out a nose from magenta felt, six horns from white and four green tips. Stick in place and allow to dry.
Follow step 2 from the T-rex. Use dark thread to stitch all the white, pale green and pink felt pieces in place. Snip out the small oval pieces from orange felt, and use a tiny dab of glue in the centre of each one to hold in place. Use the dark thread to sew a V shape through each section as shown. To finish the eyes and make up, follow step 4 from the Triceratops.