Hello friends! One of the things I loved most about my Wednesday's Wowzers linky party was the opportunity to discover incredible talent in the blogging world. One such blog was Crazy Little Projects. Amber's sewing projects, ideas for kids and family, and incredible photography blew me away each and every week! For months, I have been dying to officially introduce you to her blog.
I know... I know you will love her and her blog as much as I do!
Hi Oopsey Daisy readers! And thanks Alison for having me as a guest poster!
I am Amber from Crazy Little Projects. I am the mom of 4 boys, so this tutorial fits perfectly into my life. I love to sew and I love to bake and I love to show off my sewing and my baking on my blog.
Every little boy loves superheros and with 4 little boys running around my house, that means superhero capes and masks are a hot commodity. I started making personalized superhero capes years ago for the online sewing business that I ran at the time. They were such a popular item I couldn't keep up with the demand. Add a mask to that? Way too cool!
This is a tutorial for those cool masks. Want to create a matching, personalized superhero cape to go with it? The tutorial for that is here.
I let my little 4 year old pick the colors on the one he is modeling...he picked red and white with yellow accents. I was thinking lime green and black or something cool like that, but oh well. Turned out pretty great anyway.
Superhero Mask Tutorial:
Here's what you need:
A small amount of 2 colors of fabric (or you can use the same color on the front and the back)
1 package double wide folded bias tape in a coordinating color
1 piece of elastic (about 1 foot long)
How to make the Mask:
This mask is different and more sturdy than most masks you will see because it has a double layer of fabric. It seriously took me some major brain power to figure out how to do this. (Don't laugh) It won't seem all that tricky to you now, but it's quite a feat of engineering!
Print out your pattern pieces. Cut 1 piece of fabric from the large pattern piece and 2 from the smaller one. They can be the same color or different, it's up to you.
Trace the eye holes on with a washable marker or chalk. Also trace the dotted line on the smaller pieces.
Pin the 2 smaller pieces on the large piece matching up the edges.
Sew around the eye holes about 1/4 inch outside the markings.
Using some nice, sharp scissors, cut out the eye holes using the markings as guides:
Now, pull the small pieces through the eye holes:
And press them smooth:
Now here is the tricky part. You are going to fold the front side of the mask (the part shown in the image above) in half and pull the two ends of the small pieces from the back around so that you can sew them together on the dotted line you made earlier. Make sure you have right sides together when you do this:
Then turn it so that it is all right side out. It should look like this when you are done:
Now press it flat.
Using your bias tape, pin it all the way around the mask and sew it in place:
To make the band for around the head, cut a piece of fabric about 22 inches by 2-3 inches and sew it together the long way:
Turn it right side out (use a safety pin pinned to one end, push it through the inside until it comes out the other end, then pull the remaining fabric through). Insert your elastic (about 12 inches) into the casing you just made and pull it through making sure to sew it in place on the starting end and then pulling the fabric down around the elastic and sewing it on the other end. Sew it in place on the mask...and you're done! (See, I got my lime green and black mask made anyway. My 7 year old liked this one.)
Now try the matching cape!
See?! I told you she was ah-MAZ-ing! Here are some more incredible ideas from Crazy Little Projects:
Have a fabulous weekend!