WOODLAND ANIMAL FELT MASKS
These characterful designs are perfect accessories for imaginative children
1 Choose an animal –those with distinctive features and markings work best. 2 Cut a piece of card or paper into a rectangle to the rough size, marking where the eye holes will go. The mask should cover the top part of a child’s head including the nose, but leaving the mouth and lower face exposed. 3 Fold in half and draw half the design on the card so it will make a symmetrical image once opened. It can be a rough outline – consider the ear shape and whether there are whiskers or a nose/beak. 4 Cut around the edge of the mask, then open flat. 5 Working with the original markings for the eye holes, transfer or draw out the design onto the other side, accentuating the features and deciding on the colours. Start with the back piece, which will give structure, then think of the top layers. 6 Draw around the template and cut out each layer from the felt, starting with the whole back piece first. Cut the card template down as you go (or make more than one) to help you draw and cut out each section to the right size from the felt. 7 Secure the layers in place using fabric glue or a sewing machine. If the ears are long and need to be upright, you may need to use thicker felt or double up this first layer. 8 Sew ribbon or elastic to the sides so it is ready to wear.