Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Mask Tutorial - Part 1 - Updated!

Because Robbie's mask is made from Burlap, I decided it best to make a lining for the mask.  This is the tutorial for the lining part.  The next installment will be on the Burlap portion.

The first thing to do is determine how large you need the mask.  I took an oval shaped bowl and put it up to the front of Robbie's face.  It covered his whole face, so I knew it would work with some tweaking.

I then took the bowl and placed it face down on tracing paper.  Tracing paper is important, because you have to see through it.  Tissue paper would work too.

You will want to trace almost half of the bowl like this.

And it should look like this when finished.  I actually folded mine in half at the very top mark.

Now flip it over and trace the mark on the other side of the paper.  Because it's sheer, it will show through.  It should look like this.

Now right where the fold is measure up 2 inches and make a mark like so.

Draw a line from your circle up to that point.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  I just wanted extra room up top.  It should look like this.

Now fold it again in half and flip it over to trace it onto the other side.

Now open it back up, and it will look like this.

Now cut out your pattern.  Just cut it across the bottom.  Then pin it to your fabric to cut out.

Cut 3 of these out of your fabric.  Pin two pieces together from point to end and stitch like this.  This is opened up to you can see.

Now take your third piece and pin it to the edges of these pieces like this.

This is a shot from the top at the point.  See the previous seam allowance?

Then stitch.

Robbie wanted to the soft part on the inside, so I stitched this with the wrong side out.  And I put my seam allowances on the outside to give me something to stitch the burlap to.

This is what it looks like.  The eye holes are cut and a small slit for the mouth and nose.  I let him try it on and tweaked the fit where needed.

There you have it.  A lining for your mask!  Thanks for stopping by.  Feel free to email me any questions.


P.S. I forgot the most important part!!!  Make sure you cut a slit up the back so it will fit over the head!   Good grief, how did I forget that??  I actually just removed the stitches about 3-4 inches up in the seam allowance.  I used white thread, so you can see the little stragglers left.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sneak Peak at Robbie's Halloween Mask

This isn't finished yet, but Robbie wanted to model his mask anyway.  He was trying to be scary.  Sshhhh.......don't tell him he's not that scary!!

I have a few other minor things to do to finish this up.  I'll post a tutorial on this very soon, so you can see how we did it.  It was very easy!!!

Happy Friday!

Friday, October 12, 2012

BOXER OBSESSION - First Choice Boxer Pattern

I know I've posted on boxers before, but I wanted to show you why I simply LOVE these boxers.

The picture above is the front, and this is the back:

There is no seam line down the center back!!  That means NO RIDE!!!  These are the most comfortable boxers, and whoever gets them always wants more!

Plus, there are smaller sizes, so kids can have boxers just like daddy.

The pattern is First Choice Boxers for Kids and First Choice Boxers.

Have a great Friday!!


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Lovie Doll

This is a pile of Lovie Dolls my bible study group made last weekend for our Threads of Love chapter.  Lovie Dolls are donated to local hospitals to be given in pairs to preemie baby and his/her mommy.  They each sleep with one doll.  Then they swap them out.  When baby picks up mommy's scent from her doll, it is calming and reassuring that mommy is near.  When mommy picks up baby's scent, it helps bring her milk in.  Isn't that just a God thing?  I am amazed every time I think about it when we make these dolls.

We managed to get 30 pair completed.  Each of our local hospitals wants 50 pair every month!  They were very excited about these little guys.

To find out more about Threads of Love and/or how you can help, visit the national website or send me an email.