Some time ago we went to a birthday party and in the party bag we took home a cardboard butterfly mask which Immy loves. Being cardboard however, it wasn’t long in the hands of a toddler before it looked somewhat worse for wear!
I decided to use the cardboard version as the template to make a felt butterfly mask for Immy’s dress up box. I decided to use felt so it felt soft on the face and I knew it would be durable. It really was very simple to make – and if you are not up to the sewing (though it is really very simple hand sewing), you could try a glue gun instead.
How to Make a Butterfly Mask For Kids
You will need:
- One square of felt in your choice of base colour
- Felt in contrasting colours for decorating and head strap
- Sequins and beads for decorating
- A needle and thread
- Elastic- I used 1.2 centimetre wide elastic
- Iron on fusible webbing
1. Cut TWO basic mask shapes from the base colour felt.
4. To make a strap to secure the mask around the head: Measure the circumference of your child’s head, subtract the width of the butterfly mask and then add on 3 centimetres. Cut a length of felt which is this length. The width should be double the width of your elastic plus one centimetre. Fold felt in half and then stitch along long edge with 1/2 centimetre seam allowance. Turn tube right side out. I used a safety pin attached to one end and pushed it through the middle of the tube to do this.
5. Thread elastic through the tube. Again, I used a safety pin, this time attached to the end of the elastic, to push the elastic through. So that the mask fits snugly, cut the elastic slightly shorter than the felt strap.