Summer’s here, and so are the flies.
While this really isn’t a problem for models, I find it fun to re-create stuff like this in miniature. 😛
I’ve got another tutorial for you all today, if you’d like to make one of these yourself. 🙂 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.
- Fly Mask Pattern
- 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
02: I created a grid pattern on mine. This step is optional but it adds an extra touch of realism.
03: Cut out – don’t worry about it being perfect as you can trim it later. Remember to cut the slits at the top!
04: 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:
05: Repeat for the other slit, and you should have something that looks like this:
Checking the fit…
06: 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.
07: Gently start stretching one of your strips. Some felt stretches really nicely while some breaks once you start. Expect to break lots! 😉 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.You want them to be around 1/8 wide.
08: Run a line of glue along the bottom edge of the mask, and press one of the strips in place.
09: Do the same for the top, then trim off the excess.
10: Add another strip across the top, leaving a loop for the ears
11: Another fit check… now’s a good time to clean up any extra fuzz or fabric showing at the edges.
12: 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.
Cut off the excess:
13: Repeat for the other side, but make sure the velcro is on the “wrong” side of the fabric.
One more trim… (I flipped it over and covered the edge with more felt too, but failed to get a photo of it)
And your fly mask is complete!
Hope you enjoy!
And what do you all think of the new banner? 🙂