felt masks

September 26th, 2011

handmade owl, elephant, and cat masks

A little friend of ours turned 3 last week. I had the damnest time coming up with something to make for him. He’s got a super crafty mama, so that lucky boy is kitted out with capes and bags and awesome appliqued shirts. And all the other things you would make for little boys.

handmade felt cat mask

I figured the dress up box could always use a few more things, so I sewed up these felt masks. I started with a mask template I made from a paper plate and then went crazy with a bag of felt scraps.  There was a lot of white, gray, and orange felt in the bag, so out came a cat, an elephant, and an owl.

handmade felt elephant mask

I had the best time making the elephant. His ears are extra wonky and homemade, but I’m so in love with his pompom headpiece I don’t care. It was sort of a last minute addition too. If I had thought of it earlier I would have dressed him up more!

handmade felt owl mask

Mostly I made up the patterns as I went along except I did steal the owl mask idea from Martha (she’s got so many ideas, she won’t notice). These were so fun to make and halloween is coming up so fast, I might have to make some more.  I might even go crazy and write up a tutorial. But which one? Or should I make something else?


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36 Responses to felt masks

  1. celeste says:

    this exact thing has been on my mind this week!!!

    ideas for a scary BOY cat?

    the elephant headpiece really is a touch of genius.

  2. poppy says:

    These are so fabulous! Inspired. I love them. I’ll be looking for an excuse to make some myself – Christmas is coming, I guess!

  3. Aleyta says:

    These are amazing!

  4. gretchen says:

    love them, especially the elephant. please post a tutorial!

  5. RetroLee says:

    Those are SO stinkin’ cute! Great job!!

  6. Audrey says:

    Love these masks! I have to make some for my daughter.:)

  7. Kim says:

    Awesome. I love the elephant too. My sons preschool is looking for people to sew up things for their dress up area and I am volunteering. This inspiring post came at the perfect time. Thanks!

  8. Jessica says:

    these are so fun, I love the elephant!

  9. Beth says:

    That elephant blows my mind. Awesome.

  10. Carla says:

    It’s pretty obvious that the entire internet needs to know how to make that elephant. I love him, especially his flair!

  11. Kristi says:

    Really great idea for a boy or girl.

  12. Kristie says:

    I love them. If you are inclined to write a tutorial, I vote for the owl, since my daughter is set on being an owl for halloween. Thanks!

  13. Annapk says:

    These are great! I especially love the owl!! I am planning on making dress-up clothes for my niece for Christmas so a tutorial would be awesome!

  14. Cate says:

    These are super fabulous. What a lucky boy! I’m totally going to make some for Christmas gifts if you do a tutorial! I’d love to know about the felt too… is it regular craft felt, or wool? If it’s wool, do you have a good source?

  15. Holly u says:

    So cute and clever! You added details that I’d never think of what a lucky boy! I wonder what MY felt scraps could become?

  16. Chrissy says:

    Wow…these are so awesome. My kids would go crazy over these! I love them all, but the elephant just really can’t be beat…love all the little details you added in.

  17. sepa designs says:

    my kids would love these!!! thank you for the inspiration!

  18. these are sooooo cute!! i might have to steal this idea from you and make some fun stuff for my girls for christmas – you can never have enough dress up clothes in our house. the pom-pom fringe on the elephant is great.

  19. guildmaker says:

    these are ace and you are ace. brilliant!

  20. tracy wade says:

    ive just completed your fairy light tutorial whoop and love them. i love these masks and would defo make some for my son. id like cat and elephant one think you should a set of them or a generic one then show extra pattern pieces to make into lots of diff animals. think id do my boy some jungle animals and maybe a dinosaur one xx

  21. Angel Funk says:

    I love these! Did you sew elastic to the back to hold the mask on?

  22. erika says:

    Oh these are great…I’m in charge of the dress up clothes of my daughters class and theink these would be great, I would love a tutorial or just a template would be great too!

  23. molly says:

    oh heck, these are pure awesome! those pom poms, geez. and you didn’t even touch on that trunk.

  24. Love them! Especially the pom poms on the elephant and the owl. What did you use for the way to hold it on their heads? Just elastic or something fancier? This would be a great gift to my boys’ afterschool childcare program.

  25. Jane says:

    Adorable and so clever!