Early in the pandemic, I started making my own masks. The early ones were simple, monochromatic with none of my typical flourishes. As time went on, I started making ones with cats on them, or ones with funny sayings. I found that my goofy masks had the power to brighten someone’s day. This is when I started thinking about the upcoming Christmas season and what I could do to make things a little better for others. My thoughts went to my “ugly” Christmas sweater that I got at Disneyland a couple of years ago. Anytime I wore this sweater people would go crazy over it; complete strangers would smile, point, and laugh. This is my inspiration for my Christmas face masks.
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LET’S GET STARTED!!!
FABRIC, NOTIONS & EMBELLISHMENTS
There are so many fantastic Christmas fabrics out there! For this mask, I used “Calico Cotton” fabrics. These are commonly known as quilting fabrics. They are easy to sew and readily available.
Go crazy! Remember, whoever has the tackiest mask wins!! Keep in mind that your masks need to be washable. Pompoms, crazy Christmas buttons, Rick-rack are all embellishments that can all be washed CAREFULLY by hand. If something does fall off during the wash you can always just sew it back on!
You can also use semi-washable things as well…that will need to be changed out from time to time. Just make sure that none of the things you decide to use have sharp or pointy edges. I don’t want you to “poke your eyes out!” Also, avoid embellishments that have glitter; the glitter can end up in your eyes.
I just love these plastic Christmas bulb ornaments!
Obviously, you will need a sewing machine, thread, elastic, and an iron. With my cat masks, I used this Hotfix rhinestone jewel setter. For the most part, the jewels have stayed on after dozens of washes! Here is the kit that I purchased.
Hotfix Rhinestone Jewel Setter Kit
I really like the collection of tip sizes…
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TIPS FOR SEWING AND CONSTRUCTION
TIP: CUTTING OUT YOUR FABRIC
When you have different fabrics on each side of the mask, you will have to be careful about how you cut them out. There’s nothing more frustrating than having your print upside down or the wrong side out.
TIP: FITTED MASKS HAVE A TOP & BOTTOM
This may seem obvious, but I managed to get the pieces mixed up several times. That’s when I started marking the top of my pieces with a pin to keep everything straight.
TIP: IRON AS YOU GO!
Don’t skip this step. It helps the final product look professional.
TIP: HIDE & PROTECT YOUR STITCHING
This is the hardest part. Sew all of your embellishments on the front of the mask before you attach the lining. Keep in mind that you need to be able to turn your fabric inside out. If your embellishments are too big, you won’t be able to do this. When you are sewing on the embellishments, keep the areas for the seams clear.
TIP: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Keep the right sides together before you sew. For some reason, I keep trying to do the opposite!
Once the mask is sewn, now is a good time to use your jewel setter. THIS IS SO FUN!!
I hope this post has inspired you to make your own Christmas face masks. Remember, the more outrageous the better! The goal of this project is to make people smile.
Merry Christmas & Happy Hanukkah