Sewing pattern: Woodland critter masks

Scamper from one stage to the other with Rachel Basinger’s woodland masks: a cute festival tutorial

It’s festival prep week, peeps! The days when flags, bunting and other festival goodies are created: making our festival experience all the more entertaining. Join us as we get started on Oh No Rachio‘s festival tutorial: how to make woodland critter masks.

“Everybody loves a good mask at a festival, not to mention it’s merit covering up an otherwise worse for wear festival face! Plus I don’t know about you but I’m preeeetty partial to a woodland creature or two, specially the feline variety!”

You will need:

A mask design (Rachel made a cat and a bear)

Scraps of fabric

Needle and thread



Acrylic paints


Sewing machine (if you have one)

Pencil and A4 paper


Step 1: Measure your face across your eyes from ear to ear, and jot down the width of your nose and the width of each eye (it’s easier with a helper at this point!). Take a piece of A4 paper and fold it in half. From the centre line, measure half the width of your face and draw your desired animal. Keep the paper folded in half and cut around your shape as a whole – you can see the outcome of this above.

Step 2: Now you can cut your pieces apart. At this point I labelled the cheek parts L (left) and R(right) so that I knew which was which…I’m the worst at getting things muddled up, also as I was doing two I labelled each piece R (Rachel) or J (Jack) too.

Step 5: Fold your fabrics in half and pin your templates to the wrong side.

Step 6: Cut around your templates leaving a 0.5cm seam allowance all the way round. Sew around the edge of your paper template leaving a small gap to turn.

Step 8: Turn (you may need handy implements like a chopstick or a knitting needle). Lay your pieces out to make sure they still fit together nicely.

Step 10: Use your thread – I always go for a contrasting colour – and stitch the mask together. Start with the inner corners of the eyes and sew them to the edges of the nose. I didn’t overlap them at all; just stitched them edge to edge.

Step 11: Finally decorate your little masks with paint, glitter, embroidery, gems, feathers… anything!

Wowzers! How awesome is that? You can find more of Rachel’s tutorials on her blog or browse her Etsy shop for illustrated goodies.

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