Happy Howlween! Ila’s fairy obsession gave way to more wolfish pursuits this year, so this month for her 9th birthday I made her a wolf suit and she made mischief of all kinds in it. When Renae of Benzie Design spotted it she suggested a tutorial, sent off some gorgeous wool, and I set about planning to make wolf masks for our whole family. In between now & then we threw a spooky sleepover party for 6 of Ila’s little monster friends and the tutorial took a little longer then planned. Halloween is already upon us but luckily wolves are cool all year round + no matter where you live, so you can whip up this easy mask in about an hour for some creative adventuring any time!
**Credit for all the artistic genius behind these masks goes to the incredibly talented Juliette Collett of ZÜ. To make the masks I used her printable paper mask that can be found here on her beautiful blog!**
Gather your supplies!
- You will need 3-5 shades of white/grey/black felt-I used 12×18 sheets of gorgeous merino wool blend felt from Benzie Design in black, graphite, smoke, silver & parchment. The wonderful thing about these large sheets is being able to do full size adult masks!
- Print off 4 templates from here, for toddler sizes click “fit to page” before printing and for older kids and adults print without resizing.
- You will also need a marking pencil for tracing designs, a sharp blade, cotton elastic for the head band and optionally fabric glue or interfacing to add a little rigidity to the felt.
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- Using your cutting blade take your 4 templates and cut out each layer of the mask as it will be pieced together with your felt (you should have six pieces in total-the base of the mask, the whiskers/ears, snout, 2 eyes, and a nose)
- Trace each layer onto the colour of felt of your choice
- Carefully cut out & assemble layers-if using glue or fusible interfacing attach pieces together now
- Using a sharp cutting blade carefully cut through all the layers to remove the centre of the eye
- With a blanket stitch sew around the inside of each eye, with a straight stitch sew around the nose and any other places you want to firmly attach.
- Measure cotton elastic to fit around the head snugly and sew into place.
- Cover the sewn ends of the elastic by stitching down small squares of felt.
- Wear & howl fiercely!
Does your family celebrate Halloween-what are your costumes this year?