2010 guest blogger series: making a mask

by Admin on 27/09/2010

in Guest Series 2010, Whip Up Tutorials

September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to introduce Susan from the blog Living with punks, Susan has a lot of fun fashioning outfits for her gorgeous kids and generally just sewing up a storm.

Hi all! It’s me Susan, at Living with Punks, I am so excited to be here and feel completely honored that Kathreen included me in the guest posting. I’m the mommy of three punks, and when I’m not chasing them around, you can always find me conjuring up something in my sewing studio. I started sewing about 2 years ago and have found a passion that I know will never leave my heart. I also love blogging and sharing all the things that actually come out good with others.

A brief explanation for the name Living with Punks in a nutshell. It is a morphing of those sweet names you come up with for your little ones. Everyone in our extended family and in between has known our twin boys as “the punks” and it has become an affectionate way to refer to them. And by punks we mean… Punks… as in Punkins! I would never call my kids Punks… as in troublemakers! Errrrr, at least that’s what I’ll admit to on the blogoshpere ;)

Today I am bringing you a BOY PROJECT! I don’t know about you but sometimes my boys feel a little left out when all I seem to do is pump out girl things off the sewing machine…. so, let’s make those boys fell special today!

Who is that masked man?

I’m gonna show you a quick and simple tutorial that will make your kids squeal with delight. You know, one of those high-pitched BAT squeals:) Let’s get started.


  • 1/4 yard felt. I try to use wool felt, but you can use acrylic if you are not planning on washing it (some acrylic felts shrink horribly and unevenly)
  • Contrasting Thread
  • Coordinating Thread
  • 12″ of 1/2″ elastic
  • Instructions:

    1. Print out the Bat Mask Pattern Download here and cut out.

    2. Fold the felt piece so you have a double layer of felt to cut through. Pin the mask pattern to the felt to prevent shifting while cutting. To cut the eye, just fold that particular portion in half and make a slit to get your scissors through, and then cut around the eye piece. Take your elastic and place it on the side of the opening closest to the flat side of the wing and secure with pins

    3. Take your contrasting thread and begin stitching 1/8″ away from the raw edge. Stitch all the way around, being careful as you go around the points and curves. I found it useful to hand turn the needle around the tighter places.

    4. Use your coordinating thread to stitch around the eyes.

    5. Put on your little punk and watch him fly through the air! You can always make a pink princess bat mask for that little girly too, if you have one… we all know they have that bat squeal down!

    Have FUN! If you do make a mask, remember to post it to my flickr group so you can show off the goodies.

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    1 Charity October 8, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I made a couple of these this week for my boys to go along with some freezer paper stencil batman shirts. Thanks so much for the great idea! Blogged here http://twincess.blogspot.com/2010/10/da-na-na-na-batman.html


    2 Gail October 26, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you for the mask. I had decided to make some couch potato pillows from an old crafts & things magazine(october 1989) and want to personalize them. I wanted a batman mask for the one for my little nephew and I think this will fit the bill. He can take the mask off the pillow to wear himself. Now all I need to figure out is the cape!


    3 Shantel March 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I will be featuring this awesome idea! tomorrow at


    4 Gladys May 14, 2012 at 11:42 am

    I tried to download bat mask pattern but couldn’t could you please tell me how you got it


    5 kath_red May 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    the bat mask template is available here: http://www.4shared.com/document/nwZFWQHM/bat_mask_002.html


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