Evan and Audrey's birthdays are coming up, and since they are only a week apart, we just have combined parties for now. This year's chosen theme is Superheroes and Princesses! I decided that the boys are going to get superhero masks, and the girls are going to get princess crowns (coming later). So here are the masks that I came up with for the boys.
They are just made of craft felt, thread, and 3/4 in elastic. You can make your own by using the drawings or "templates" that I created found here. You can even glue them if you don't have a machine or use craft foam or paper if you don't like the felt look. I made them each with at least two layers of fabric so they don't flop around.
First, cut out two of the overall shape in the main color. On the template, the nose curve is pointed. I changed it when I was cutting to make them rounded. You can do it either way. Next, cut out any details (letter A, hair, etc.) then sew them to just the top layer. For the Spiderman and Thor masks, I just cut up the template and marked the fabric as I went to sew all the lines in the right places. I just used some black thread the a regular stitch on my machine. Sorry about the bad lighting. It was 106 outside, and I was staying as far away from the windows as I could get.
Next, cut your elastic to be about 14 inches long. Pin the two layers together, sandwiching (and pinning) about an inch or so of the elastic in the middle on each side.
Now sew around the whole outer edge of the mask and eyes with thread that matches the fabric. Trim it up and you are done. BE CAREFUL not to cut the elastic while you are trimming!!! I did it THREE times! UGH! Here is the finished front.
And here is the finished back. More sturdy with two layers and less scratchy stitching against the kid's faces.
And of course Evan was SO happy to pose for the camera. He thought this picture was hilarious "I'm sad that I'm Iron Man."
Audrey, on the other hand, was more than willing to cheese it up for me and be Spidergirl.
Going along with the superhero theme, we bought Evan this awesome Look and Find: Marvel Heroes book for really cheap on Amazon.com. You might have to look around at different listings to find a good price. He loves Look and Find books and this was absolutely perfect for him! Perfect for keeping him quiet and entertained.
I've got so many ideas for their birthday party! Check back in for more.
**EDIT** I have had a few requests through my etsy shop and by email asking if I can make these for you to purchase. I would LOVE to sell these masks, but due to the fact that they were made using the likeness of licensed characters, I believe it would be illegal for me to do so. These templates are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
Also, check out my tutorial for appliqued superhero capes!
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