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Zombie Face Mask Tutorial

How to make a cloth zombie face mask for kids or adults


  • Free Face Mask Pattern
  • Linen Colored Fabric
  • Black Iron-On Vinyl
  • Fabric Paint - Red Black, and White
  • Scrap of paper towel
  • 1/8 or 1/4 inch Elastic
  • Loop turner or safety pin


  • Cut lips out of black vinyl. I used this free image from Cricut Design space and resized it to 3"x1.5".
  • Start by making the face mask. Follow the instructions here. Instead of doing the cat face do the lips place it in the center of the mask piece. Wait to add the elastic until your paint has dried.
  • Go here to get access to the printable pattern access emailed to you.
  • Cut the fabric.
  • child size: cut a 9 by 10 piece of fabric. If you are using a directional print just make sure the pattern looks right when you have the fabric folded in half to make a 9 inch across by 5 inch up and down rectangle. (for adult sizing mask pattern see this post)
  • Fold in half to make a 9x 5 inch rentable with the pretty sides of the fabric touching. With right sides together sew or serge the long edge together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out and iron.
  • If you have a serger, serge down both short sides (yes you are serving the sides together and finishing the edges) if using a knit or if you don’t have a serger skip this step.
  • Mark the dart points with a fabric marker or pin. Use the cutting guide you can get my FB group in the files section or if you sign up for my mailing list you will be emailed the link to my downloads and the password to access them.
  • To mark without the guide fold the fabric in half length wise then widthwise.
  • Then fold one side over again widthwise and mark this will be the point of the dart.
  • Mark the other end of the dart half way between the folded edge and the top edges when folded in half.
  • You can see me doing the marking in the it sounds more confusing to type out but makes sense if you watch the video (scroll down to the tutorial box or click here)
  • On the opposite side of the marks iron the lips to the center of the mask fabric.
  • Sew the darts. Make sure to backstitch to keep them nice and secure.
  • Fold the darts down.
  • Fold the side ends of the mask over 1/2 inch and sew in place with a 1/8 seam allowance. If using woven fabric and you skipped step 5 do this step with a zigzag stitch making sure to go over the end edge of the fabric, this will keep it from unraveling. If you serged it already or are using knit the will not be a problem. Be sure to backstitch at both ends.
  • Place some fabric paint on a paper plate and use a paper towel to swipe and rub paint onto the mask.
  • Once paint is dry finish with the elastic. For ear loops thread elastic pieces through the casings you just made. I cut the elastic to 11 inches that allows for a knot that will fit a variety of sizes that can be tied tighter or looser!
  • If it is for someone you can fit it to hold the mask to their face and knot the elastic to make a great fit. If it is a gift knot loosely and stop on this step. Have your recipient fit it to themselves after they receive it.
  • Once the knot is tied tightly pull the elastic around to hid the knot in the casing.


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