WOOD­LAND AN­I­MAL FELT MASKS

Th­ese char­ac­ter­ful de­signs are per­fect ac­ces­sories for imag­i­na­tive chil­dren

Country Living (UK) - - A Month In The Country - MAKE & STYLING BY ALAINA BINKS PHO­TO­GRAPH BY RACHEL WHIT­ING

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.

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