Introduction: Superhero Mask Tutorial + Pattern

Originally I thought I'd do Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles masks for Halloween, but as it turns out this is a pretty good all purpose crime fighting mask. Perfect for any superhero - or even a super villain if you're into that!

This superhero mask comes with a really basic pattern - you can download it on the next step.

As a bonus, this superhero mask is made of fleece, so it'll keep your face nice and toasty AND be super comfortable.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

  • fleece in whatever color you like - if it's 36+ inches wide, you can get away with 1/8 yard if you just need one mask
  • scissors
  • water soluble pen for marking
  • pins
  • PDF pattern (I've attached the PDF pattern to this step, you can download it below.)

And that's it!

You can also add an iron on stabilizer to the eyeholes of the mask if you want it to look more structured. :D

Step 2: Printing and Sizing the Pattern

I spent quite a while working to get a good mask shape (you can see all the different versions above!), and it fits pretty much anyone I've had try it on. If you've got an adult size head, print the PDF at 100%.

However, if you're making it for younger kids, you might need to scale it down. Try taking it down to 80% at first and see how that goes. :D

Once you've figured out the size you need, print it out and transfer it to thin cardboard or cardstock to make it easier to transfer the pattern onto the fleece.

Step 3: Cut Out the Masks

Lay the fleece out and place the mask template on top, leaving 10-14 inches on each side of it. You'll draw whatever size ties you want to each side - mine are the width of the side of the mask and 14 inches long.

I used the water soluble pen to transfer the first mask to the fleece and then used that first finished mask for tracing the rest. If you're transferring fleece to fleece, I recommend pinning since the fleece won't stay in one place like the cardstock pattern. :)

Step 4: Repeat and Then Save the Day And/or Rule the World

BOOM

Easy enough, huh? If you guys make one please post photos - I'd love to see them! I'd also really like to see any clever ways you guys alter the pattern. :D

Comments

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ffrisell made it! (author)2014-10-15

Nice! I noticed in step three that you could probably get a cool two color mask by putting a smaller mask on a bigger one. But one color seems to be the style of choice for most super heroes.

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The Rambler made it! (author)The Rambler2014-10-30

I like that idea! When I saw that picture my first thought was that it could be made reversible.

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2014-10-16

Oh, you're right! I didn't even think about that while I was making them :D

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aleipig made it! (author)2014-10-22

Nice!I will be a super hero with your good idea. :D

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Passion Make made it! (author)2014-10-18

Amazingly awesome. Easy to make too...

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HollyMann made it! (author)2014-10-14

This looks awesome! :) Love the different colors...

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2014-10-16

Thank you lady! :D

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Ultra-Indigo made it! (author)2014-10-14

Looks great!
would you need to reinforce the fleece for daily hero use?

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2014-10-16

I don't think so - it's thicker so it retains its shape much better than other stretchy fabrics like jersey :D

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Victor Does made it! (author)2014-10-15

simple and professional! Looks better then the costumes avaleble in stores :)

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Random_Canadian made it! (author)2014-10-15

TMNT!!! How many times did you try before you win with the second frame? Your projects always floor me with the creativity and flair. Thanks!!!!

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gravityisweak made it! (author)2014-10-15

Extra points for making the perfect classic Ninja Turtle face in the title photo.

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Paige Russell made it! (author)2014-10-14

These turned out so great!!

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caitlinsdad made it! (author)2014-10-14

I gather it is not a good idea to wear one and a Robot shirt to go into a bank and ask them for all their money.

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jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2014-10-14

Nope. I only half recommend that!

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