Friday, May 28, 2010

Field Trip Friday with Seven Thirty Three---A Creative Blog

Hi Aly & Ash friends! I'm Kim from seven thirty three - - - a creative blog.  I'm so excited to be guest posting here today!  Thanks for having me Jax.
Let me take a quick second to tell you about the goings on at seven thirty three.

I host a Sugar & Spice Weekly Link Party every Wednesday for all of your adorable girl crafts and Thursdays are for our little men with the What are little boys made of? Weekly Party.
I offer
blog design for reasonable prices, so if you are in need for a new header or button, I'm your girl!

Or maybe you are looking for some helpful blog tips? Yup, I do that too! Every Sunday I post a tip to help you personalize your blog. Send me an email if you have a question you would like answered!

Here are a few of my recent projects:

Top to Bottom, Left to Right:
hello baby! banner with coffee filter "flower"
stylish cropped pants
freezer paper stencil shirts
superhero invitation
Quick bit of personal info: I am a Marketing Director by day and a mommy blogger by night. I have three gorgeous kiddos that make me smile everyday and I have a wonderful husband that supports my crafting (although right now he is crabbing about needing the computer...).
Oh and because I like you people I have decided to give you a SNEAK PEEK at my daughters 1st Birthday Party... make sure to stop by tomorrow for the FULL DETAILS!

I also have a giveaway for Father's Day starting tomorrow, so make sure not to miss it.

Alright, onto today's craft...woodland creature masks!

I am hosting a camping themed baby shower for my SIL and what camping trip isn't complete without an animal or two?  The little kids invited to the party will fill in the party nicely with these.

This tutorial is showing you how to make a Bear Mask, but see the other pictures above for the other creatures!  All were created with the same template with tweaks here and there.

2 sheets of Felt (2 coordinating colors)
Wonder Under or similar Fusible Web (optional)
First you will want to make a template on paper.  I just freehanded one, cut it out and measured it against my sons face to make sure it fit.  I also marked the eyes at the same time and cut those out.

Next you will want to iron your fusible web onto one of the pieces of felt (the interfacing will create a sturdier mask, but I only used it on two of my masks and didn't have a problem with the others)  Trace your mask template onto the paper of the fusible web, remove the paper backing and cut it out.  Now trace your mask again and cut out the second piece.
Iron the two pieces together. On the back of the mask (the part that will touch your childs face, trace the eyes - I did this BEFORE I ironed the pieces together and ended up having the marks transfer to my ironing board cover - OOPS!).
Cut out the inner ear pieces.  Sew them onto the mask with a zigzag stitch (you can do this BEFORE you iron the two pieces together if you don't want to see the stitch on the back of the mask).

Zigzap stitch the entire edge of your mask.  Cut out the eyes and zigzag stitch around them.  Measure the elastic against your childs head and sew it onto your mask (make sure it is nice and secure), and now you are done! 
FYI: I also attemped to add the elastic before sewing the edges, which is doable, but I didn't mind seeing the elastic on the back of the mask since it doesn't show when the child is wearing it.
I managed to break my bobbin holder half way through the masks so switched to handsewing... although it took longer it was still just as easy - so no machine required!
 For the duck and blue bird (not pictured) masks, I cut out a triangle for the beak and inserted it between the two pieces of the mask at the nose curve and just sewed around the edge of the mask as normal.
Hopefully these instructions were clear.  If you have any questions feel free to email me!
Hopefully I'll see a few of you over at seven thirty three today (and tomorrow - don't forget that giveaway!).
Happy Friday!
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Jax @ AlyandAsh said...

Thanks for posting Kim! I think these are so adorable! I can't wait till Asher is big enough for stuff like this! The perfect "dress up" accessories for boys!

malia said...

Great idea with the masks... I am a felt freak so this will give me yet another reason to stock up. Hi from NFF

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [29 May 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

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