Monday, September 26, 2011

a butterfly costume - part 1 - the mask

If you hadnt guessed from this post little pants loves butterflies. She has decided she wants to be a butterfly for halloween. According to Lauren a butterfly costume means:

1. butterfly wings
2. matching tutu skirt
3. antennas
4. "wings on my eyes"

I asked what she meant by wings on her eyes and she was talking about face paint. Except. Lauren and facepaint arent friends. After about 3 minutes her face looks like?? I dont know? Clown who got thrown into a pool? She smears it EVERYwhere. gross. So I asked if a butterfly wing mask was acceptable and she said "sure". HA!  Sooo.... Here it is!  Butterfly Wing Mask Tutorial!

What you need:
*2 printed butterfly mask templates. I found mine here. Really, print 2 it is just helpful.
(if this butterfly isnt your favorite try google image seach. I was more sucessful googling "butterfly coloring page")
*sheet of felt
*coordinating fabric scraps
*wonder under

Not pictured:
*sewing machine and supplies
*hot glue and glue gun 

Step 1: cut out one of the mask templates

Step 2: fold your felt in half and pin the mask template to the felt

You now have this:

Step 4: cut the wing part of the template out of the border and cut out the part where eyes look out of the mask

Step 5: pin them to a piece of wonder under (web side down) and cut

Now you have this:

Step 6: I used my second mask to sort of figure out how I wanted my colors to look. Get fancy with your crayolas. Then I used the crayons to mark the cut template. This will be helpful a few steps down...

Step 7: here comes the tedious parts... cut up the wings. keep the right wing and left wing seperated

OPTIONAL STEP: stop to make dinner for your family, eat with them and clean up. Then switch to crappy flash photography because there is absolutely NO good lighting in your house...

Step 8: I didnt pin these to the scraps. wany too small. I just traced around them with a ball point pen. See, my crayon marks coordinate with my fabric.

Here is the first wing:

Step 8: iron the wonder under to one of your felt pieces

Step 9: peel it up

Step 10: lay out your tiny pieces over the webbing you just ironed on. Use the page you colored as a guide

Step 11: iron the pieces down. this fuses the scraps to the felt

Step 12: repeat for the other wing

Step 13: (optional) applique around the pieces with your sewing machine (sorry no pictures)...honestly if I had some glitter glue I probably would have skipped this step and just traced aroud the edges of each piece with glitter glue.

Now you have this:

Step 14: cut the eyes out of the front of the mask (sorry, again no picture. I was cutting)

Step 15: line everything up to make sure it looks how you like it, nothing needs trimmed, etc. I stuck my 2 pieces of ribbon in the sides to see where I wanted them to go

Step 16: while it was all lined up and sandwiched together I used a silver sharpie to mark where to cut the eye holes from the back piece

back piece...this looks creepy. lol

Step 17: glue the ribbons in place with hot glue

Step 18, glue the whole thing together with hot glue. Be sure to use a pink polka dot glue gun when possible. It makes the burns easier to take.

DONE! Tie it on your pretty princess!!


Unknown said...

LOVE! This is awesome! Cutest butterfly EVER! :)

Sarah said...

Great mask!! My little girl just said, "mom will you make that for me?!" :-)

Heather said...

Adorable!! You did a great job. ;)

Stephanie said...

This is so cute, and I think easy enough for me to make. My daughter will love this.

Anonymous said...

Oh thank you! Thank you! Doing this! When I do it, I'll link you into the post.

Candace @ Candace Creations said...

Love this! a lucky little girl! Come link up to scrappy saturdays over at I'd love to see you there!

Candace what

Pam @Threading My Way said...

This is fabulous! Look forward to Part 2..

Anonymous said...

Hey! I posted about your masks! Take a look!

Honey I'm Home Blog said...

What a beautiful labor of love. Great job. Thanks for linking up to Fabulous Friday!

Warmly, Michelle

Janessa Couch said...

I LOVE this!!!! Thanks to Pinterest I found your blog. THANKS!!!!

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