Shoo fly! DIY Fly masks

Summer’s here, and so are the flies.
FlyMask_22While this really isn’t a problem for models,Β I find it fun to re-create stuff like this in miniature. πŸ˜›
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FlyMask_23I’ve got another tutorial for you all today, if you’d like to make one of these yourself. πŸ™‚ The pattern was made to fit a variety of models, but you may need to size it up or down for horses with large (or fine, like Eberl’s sculpts) heads.
FlyMask_01You’ll need:

  • Fly Mask Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Felt (or trim of choice if you’d like)
  • Velcro (can be found at Walmart or craft stores)
  • Needle/thread to match fabric
  • Scissors, glue, colored pencil (optional) and model to fit it to

01: Trace pattern onto fabric

FlyMask_0202: I created a grid pattern on mine. This step is optional but it adds an extra touch of realism.
FlyMask_0403: Cut out – don’t worry about it being perfect as you can trim it later. Remember to cut the slits at the top!
FlyMask_0504: Flip the mask over. Pinch one of the slits together with the right side facing in. You’re going to want to stitch along the red line:
FlyMask_0605: Repeat for the other slit, and you should have something that looks like this:
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FlyMask_07Checking the fit…
FlyMask_0906: To create the trim, I cut strips of felt 5 or 6 inches long. (it’s better to have more than not enough) Keep these thick as you’re going to stretch them out.
FlyMask_1007: Gently start stretching one of your strips. Some felt stretches really nicely while some breaks once you start. Expect to break lots! πŸ˜‰ The idea is to make them nice and fuzzy. If your strips are still too thick after stretching, you can always trim them down to size.FlyMask_11You want them to be around 1/8 wide.
FlyMask_1208: Run a line of glue along the bottom edge of the mask, and press one of the strips in place.
FlyMask_1309: Do the same for the top, then trim off the excess.
FlyMask_1410: Add another strip across the top, leaving a loop for the ears
FlyMask_1511: Another fit check… now’s a good time to clean up any extra fuzz or fabric showing at the edges.
FlyMask_1612: To make the closure, I cut a small piece of velcro and placed it below the chin. Mine had a sticky back so I could stick it in place, but you may need to glue or sew yours. (it would be a good idea to sew it in place anyway) Unless you have thin velcro already, you can help reduce the bulk by trimming the pieces beforehand.
FlyMask_17Cut off the excess:
FlyMask_1813: Repeat for the other side, but make sure the velcro is on the “wrong” side of the fabric.
FlyMask_19One more trim… (I flipped it over and covered the edge with more felt too, but failed to get a photo of it)
FlyMask_20And your fly mask is complete!
FlyMask_21Hope you enjoy!
And what do you all think of the new banner? πŸ™‚

25 thoughts on “Shoo fly! DIY Fly masks

  1. You’re always coming up with some pretty neat/fun accessories!
    The attention to detail makes all the difference.
    Thanks for sharing.

    P.S. LOVE the new banner!!

  2. I just made one of these today for my Alborozo. The grid is blue and the felt trim is red to match his WEG blanket. However, I did deviate from the tutorial a bit. Firstly, I made my felt strips a bit wider to they could be folded over, like bias, because the fabric I used has a tendency to fray like crazy. Also, I shortened the botto of the mask and attached 1/8th inch elastic crisscrossing from corner to corner because of his tucked head.

    Thanks so much for the tutorial, I hope to make some more for my “fussy” models! πŸ™‚

    1. How so? You don’t have to cut the slits and stitch them, it just makes a better fit on the horse. πŸ™‚

  3. These fly masks are so fun and easy! My heard won’t be bothered by the flies this summer! LOL I have done a few variations and it’s been a blast. Winter is not so boring with your fun tutorials~ Thank you! Happy trails……….. Deb in Spokane.

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