Finished bear mask

Feeling Growly? Make this woodland animal mask – “The Bear”

I love this felt bear mask – he’s just a little bit grumpy, and a little bit cute! Pretend play is such a great way for kids to explore their imaginations and spend some time being someone (or something!) else. And this bear mask might just be what your child needs if they are feeling a bit out of sorts.

These masks are really easy to make and take no time at all to sew up.

Choose your felt colours

Choosing your felt colours is half the fun! You can either go for the real-life look with shades of brown or go to town with your favourite colours. Who said bears can’t be purple?

Choose your colours for your felt bear mask.
Choose several shades of brown or go for something bright and fun!

Making the bear mask

What you’ll need:

  • Three shades of brown felt and one sheet of black felt
  • Bear mask pattern
  • Scissors
  • Sewing thread
  • Hot glue gun or fabric glue
  • Fabric chalk
  • Pins
  • Soft elastic, 20mm by about 32-36cm (measure your child’s head for a good fit, but if it’s a gift, or you ‘re unable to, stick with 34cm)

If you don’t have a hot glue gun, you could also just sew on the nose and eyebrows at the end.

Cut out your template

Start by printing out the bear mask template. You’ll want to print to ‘actual size’ rather than to the printable area. This will ensure a full-size mask. Then gather up your supplies and cut out your paper template. Once you have cut out the paper face, I do recommend holding this up to child’s face to see if it’s going to be a good fit. If it doesn’t fit well you can either trim a strip out of the middle and tape it back together, or similarly, you can cut down the middle of the face and tape in some extra paper if you need it wider. It will make the world of difference to whether the mask is played with for hours on end or thrown into the toy box to gather dust.

And cut out your felt pieces

Using your paper template, cut out the felt pieces. Take note of when you need one piece and when you need two pieces. With most felt you don’t have to worry about flipping the template over to get a ‘right side’ on both the left and right side of the face. But if you are using felt with a pattern on it, or for your felt does have a very definite right and wrong side, make sure you end up with two pieces mirrored for the ears.

Sewing your felt bear mask

Start with the ears – place the lighter brown inner ear on top of the outer ear (the bottom edge on both will line up) and sew around the inner ear. Next, place these on top of the back face piece, along with one edge of your elastic on the side of the face. You can either measure the elastic around your child’s head, or if that’s not possible (perhaps it’s a gift), just use around 34cm. That will fit most kids and you can always tie a knot in the back if it’s too loose and they’ll have plenty of time to grow into it.

I usually just slip the other elastic end in when I am sewing it, but if you find it easier to pin both ends now, feel free to do this. Also, make sure there is no twist in the elastic.

Then you can put the front face piece on top and pin everything in place. Sew around the edge of the bear mask carefully, paying special attention to the elastic and bear ears as you come to them.

Making the eye holes for your felt mask

Take the paper face template and place it over your mask again so that you can trace the eye holes. Sew a line just outside of this mark around each eye hole and then cut out the middle. The easiest way to do this is to fold the eye through the middle and make a small snip. Then open it back up and you slide your scissors into the slit and go from there. Don’t rush this step, as you don’t want to accidently cut through the sew line.

Adding the final touches to our bear

Almost done! Pin your two nose pieces on to the face and sew them into place. Look at the photo below to get an idea of the shape here. You need to sew the bigger piece on to the face, catching the smaller piece in the sew line also and then create a little mouth to give your bear a fun expression.

Run a thin line of hot glue along the underside of your eyebrows and then press them in place across the forehead. And that’s it! A quick and easy felt mask to keep your little ones entertained for hours.

Your kids will be busy for hours, growling around the house looking for adventure. And if you want to keep the game going for longer, why not make some of Bear’s friends to play with? You can find Bear’s woodland animal friends here:

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