Get in here lovelies, let me give you a detailed description of the simple steps I take to make my own masks. So you have a masked ball or party to attend and it’s a little difficult to find your ideal mask anywhere or your ideal mask is slightly overpriced, this is for you! Let’s get right into it.
- Blank paper
- Fabric (I purposely chose a red lace fabric for this DIY as Christmas is approaching and it just seems so suitable)
- Fusible interfacing
- Scissors and cutter
- Tape measure
- Thin black ribbon
Before the mask making process begins, you would first need to decide on the template for the mask. What would you like your mask to look like? If you do not have a template in mind, you can try an internet search for already made masks. This would provide a wider range of options to choose from. Once that is decided, you would need to take measurements for the mask. To make the work easier, you can implore the use of a rectangular box for the purpose of restricting your drawing and making sure both parts are equal (draw within the box). You would need to take four different measurements.
- The first one should measure from one temple to the other. This should make up for the length of the rectangle.
- The second measurement should be your desired mask length which should compensate for the width of the rectangular box.
- The third one should measure from the temple to 0.5 inches away from the outer canthus of the eye. The best way I can describe this is using optometric terms so you are about to get a mini optometry lecture. The outer canthus is a point on the eye (away from the nose and closer to the ear) where the upper eyelid joins the lower eyelid.
- The fourth one is the measurement of the eye piece area and should comprise of two sub measurements. The first, the length of the eye piece area and the second, the width.
These measurements would be used as guides to draw the template. The picture below shows my illustration without a boxing system because I have been doing this a while so I can achieve it without having to use a box.
CUTTING AND IRONING
The next step is to use scissors to cut directly on the lines of the template and a cutter to cut out the eye piece area.
Iron the fusible interfacing on to the fabric by placing the side with glue on the wrong side of the fabric. Do this with very high heating as this would enable the interfacing stick a lot better and quicker to the fabric. After this process is finished, place the template on the fusible interfacing and use a pen or pencil, whichever one you are more comfortable drawing with, to trace out the template on to the interfacing. Using scissors once again, cut out the traced template and use a cutter to cut open the eye piece area.
The next step would be to append the ribbons to the mask. To achieve this, you would first need to asterisk the points where you would like to attach the ribbons on to on the mask. I prefer to do this a few inches away from the highest point of the eye piece area. Once you have marked your points, you would need to use the perforator to make a hole on these points.
Next is to measure out the length of the ribbon of your choice with additional 0.5 inches as what I like to call gluing allowance. You would need two pieces of ribbons to fit into the two perforated holes. To fit the ribbons, you need to bring it in 0.5 inches from the front of the mask to its back. The 0.5 inches of ribbon would be glued to the interfacing using strong adhesive. Suggestively, use a glue gun as this appends strongly. That’s it, your mask is done with very simple steps under thirty minutes.
If you would like an even fancier look, I suggest you opt for fabrics with very crafty designs or simply attach embroidery with glue or you may want to try sewing beads on to the mask or use stick-on fancy stones to create a richer effect.