Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Marvel Mask Tutorial

My nephew is a big fan of superheroes, especially the Avengers like many other nearly 6 year olds. It is his Birthday this Saturday and I wanted to make him something superhero related, I had already made him a personalised cushion in Marvel print a few months ago so had to have a really good think. I wanted to make something fun that he could enjoy and I decided to try out an Iron Man Mask.

This is a super fun project and perfect for your little ones during the summer holidays so I decided to make a tutorial so that you can give it a go yourself, this is my first tutorial so please be kind.

You will need:
A Sewing Machine
Red felt (or whatever colour depending on your choice of Avenger)
Gold Felt
Red Fleece (optional)
Marvel Fabric (optional)
Elastic around 14" long
Needle and gold thread
Paper, Pen Ruler and Pencil (for template)

First of all you need to make your mask template, I took my eye mask template that I use and adjusted that to suit a child, I changed the shape slightly and added the eye holes.

Once you have adjusted your template (I will try to add a template to this tutorial in the next week or so) you need to make sure to add markings where your elastic is going to go and leave an opening at the top to pull your fabric through once sewn. Cut out your template including the eye holes.

Pin your template to your red felt and draw around it with a pencil or air erasable fabric pen. Do the same with the gold felt.

Once you have the template outline on the gold felt you need to adjust the shape to match the Iron man mask. I did this with a pencil and ruler but you could do it by eye if you prefer.

Cut out the gold felt outline but not the eyes. Match up and pin on top of your red felt.

Using gold or similar thread hand stitch the outline of the gold onto the red felt including the eye holes. I did this by matching up the eye lines on the back of the red felt but you could use chalk or an air erasable pen to draw the eye holes onto the front of the gold felt and stitch over the top with the gold thread.

Measure around 14" of elastic. I opted for a slight padding inside the mask and so used red fleece, this is optional. If you are going to do this. Lay your fleece down with your fabric of felt on top right way up (you can use felt for the back of the mask rather than fabric if preferred. Put the front of the mask right way facing down and sandwich the elastic between the felt and fabric layers and pin in place.

Sew your layers together making sure to sew over the elastic ends once or twice to make sure it is secure. Remember to leave and opening at the top to push your fabric through.

Once sewn cut off the excess fabric and felt leaving a small amount around the opening to be tucked in and sewn later. Push the fabric out through the opening until all the fabric is out and the fabric the right way around. Use a blunt tool for edges such as a chop stick.

Once the right way around tuck in the excess fabric at the top and sew the opening closed. Now you need to sew around the eye holes making sure to sew a little smaller than the gold stitching as you want to keep this detail. You can now cut out the eye holes. Depending on the amount of layers you have this may take a while. I cut my layer by layer to make the overall look a lot neater. I opted to add a small band of red felt on my fabric side of the mask to ensure that the eye holes didn't fray this is optional. Once you have cut the eyes out and tided up the edges of the eyes with the scissors mask is finished. 

Front side of the mask is Iron Man

Back Side of the Mask is a Marvel print which makes the mask completely reversible for lots more fun.

I hope you like the finished design and my tutorial. I would love your feedback. If you make your own mask using this tutorial I would love to see some pictures, please feel free to share them and share this tutorial. 

I will be making more masks for all the Avengers and masks will be available to purchase via my Facebook page so please pop over to Blossom's and drop me a message if you would like to order one, or alternatively send me an email to with your order request.

Please note this tutorial has been made for you to make and use for PERSONAL USE ONLY, please do not sell my designs.

Monday, 1 April 2013

We are 1

Wow, I can't believe it Blossom's is 1 TODAY! It seems like it was just yesterday when I was setting up this page and taking my first dribble bib order.

My very first dribble bib order

I am so very grateful to each and every one of you for your continued support and your lovely orders over the past year. 

Here are a few of my favourites, I think they show how far things have come for me in the past year and I can't wait to see what the next year brings. ♥

Giveaway Announcement

Now for the bit I know you have all been waiting for...

The winner of the wonderful giveaway is Reena Pasotra

Please get in touch with me via the message tab on my page with your contact details so that I can post out your prize.Thank you to each and every one of you who took part in the Giveaway.

We managed to reach our goal of 1,500 likes so we decided that it was only right to celebrate that by picking another winner who will receive a small bundle of fabric and a bag of mixed buttons. The lucky winner of this second prize is Katy Nicholson

Please get in touch with me via the message tab on my page with your contact details so that I can post out your prize.

Thank you all for your continued support and orders, it really means the world to little old me and I am so very grateful. I can't wait to see what the rest of the year has in store for Blossom's. I can say is that there will be more giveaways in the near future, some more design your own competitions as well as lots of new products so keep your eyes peeled.

Lots of Love

Blossom's xxx

Friday, 25 January 2013

Design Your Own Bib Winning Designs

Hi Everyone,

If you are a fan of my page on Facebook you will know that we had a design your own bib competition last year where 3 winners were selected and their designs made by me.

It has taken some time, due to the rush of Christmas orders but all bibs have now been made and I thought you might like to see them.

The first Winner selected was Sean Age 5 whose design was very fun to bring to life. His mum even commissioned a very special Kindle cover in the design. 

Sean's Entry

Sean's Bib

I thought I would share with you the Kindle cover that his mum commissioned in the design too.

Kindle Cover in Sean's design commissioned by his mum

The second winning design was from Grace Bartley, Age 7.

Her design was a Princess Theme and I am told that she has a real passion for drawing and writing stories. Perhaps she will have her own little business and blog when she grows up. 

Grace decided to give her winning bib to her new baby Cousin Menna for a Christmas gift.

Grace's Entry
Grace's Bib

The third winning design was from Laura.

Laura has her own lovely page on Facebook called Little Night Owl and so not surprisingly her design was an Owl Theme.

Laura decided to do something a little different and designed a reversible bib. Side One featured a night time theme and Side Two a daytime theme with her Daughter Sophia's name.

Laura has been extremely patient with me as I have only just this week finished her winning bib after a very busy Christmas period at Blossom's HQ.

I must admit this bib was a lot more challenging than the other 2 designs simply because it was reversible. I had to make sure that both sides lined up before sewing, which was a lot more tricky than I thought.

Laura's Entry

Laura's Bib - Side One

Laura's Bib - Side Two

Which side is your favourite? I love both but I think Side One is just slightly my favourite. I'd love to hear from you all telling me which side is your favourite and why.

I am really pleased with the final result of all three winning bibs. I hope that you all like them too.

I am very happy to say that with Laura's approval, I will now be offering reversible bibs. I am really excited about this. For those of you worrying about dribble, the bib has a layer of fleece between the two sides so is still very much dribble proof.

I will be setting another design your own very soon, so for those who have contacted me since and were disappointed they missed out make sure you keep your eyes peeled.

I am also organising a giveaway that will be featured on my blog very soon so make sure you sign up to my blog so that you don't miss out.

I'd love to hear all your thoughts on the 3 winning designs and my interpretation of them.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

My First Blog

Hi Everyone,

I have decided to start a Blog to keep all my lovely likers up to date on the goings on at Blossom's HQ. I will be blogging about new products, my experiences and maybe even a few DIY projects for you to try.

I am still very new to the blogging world, so please be patient with me while I get to grips with it.

I hope that you will all enjoy following my blogs over the coming months and would love to hear from you if you have a blog you would like me to follow; if you can suggest any good blogs to read or if there is something you would like to see me blog about.

Blossom's x