I was inspired by Lucille Michieli’s fox masks to create my own foxy face for Halloween this year.
Here is my do-it-yourself guide to creating your own:
What you will need:
2 sheets of felt in contrasting colors
1 sheet of cardstock
Embroidery thread to match your felt colors
Pink embroidery thread
1 piece of fuzzy wool yarn
2 pieces of black ribbon
- Start by printing out the images of Michieli’s masks as a template, adjusting to fit your face. Cut out the mask template from cardstock and use that as a template to cut out the face, ears, and cheeks from the felt colors of your choice – I used black and off-white. You will need (2) faces, (4) cheeks, and (2) ears in order to make them double-sided.
- Next, cut out 8 spots to use as freckles and hand stitch them on to 2 of the cheeks with thread to match the spots.
- Hand-stitch the ears onto the front of the face. You could use a color to match the ears or use a contrasting color to add interest.
- Use the pink thread to add some color on the ears. I made long lines at the tops of the ears, but you could also make dashed lines with a top stitch or use French knots for polka dots.
- Next, sew a piece of the yarn about 1/2 inch from the bottom of the face, tracing the contours of the eyes and use minimal stitches to hold in place. Partially unravel the yarn at the edges of the face to make it fluffier and tack into place.
- Sew the two pieces of ribbon to either side of the back of the front face piece behind where you tacked the yarn in place. Make sure they are long enough to tie the mask around your face with plenty of room for a bow.
- Finally, sew the back piece of the face to the front piece using a whip stitch around the entire edge with a thread to match. For added stability, you can cut your cardstock template down by 1/2 inch and insert it between the two felt pieces before sewing together. Do the same for each of the two cheeks so that you have 1 face and 2 cheeks that are finished on the back. Whip stitch each of the cheeks to the face.
Voila! Now you have a simple, homemade fox mask that has lots of charm and opportunities for customization. Happy stitching and happy Halloween!
[inspiration via couverture and the garbstore | others by tremendously interested]