• 29 May 2020

Making Disney face masks

Want to make your own Disney masks? This tutorial shows you how to make them yourself, step by step, simply using a printer and fabric like you can have at home!

Many thanks to Hélène for the tutorial and to Guillaume for his designs! Thanks to their talent, discover now how to make Star Wars masks (everyone should have their Darth Vader mask) and Marvel masks!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White 100% cotton fabric for printing, and fabric for the lining in the colour you want
  • Freezer paper (also called wax paper)
  • A4-size printing fabric (instead of white cotton and freezer paper)
  • A colour printer
  • A sewing kit, sewing machine or needle
  • Cotton thread and sewing pins
  • Elastic tape or elastic band
  • An iron

To simplify the printing process, you can use A4-size ready-made fabric printer sheets instead of the combination of freezer paper and cotton fabric.

Tissu à imptimer

The printable fabric sheet is a piece of fabric, lined with a sheet of paper. You can find it on the Internet (eg Amazon here, and here), like the model shown opposite, or in hobby and craft shops.

If you are using ready-made fabric printer sheets, you can skip the first steps and start at step 6.

Freezer paper ou papier de congélation

Freezer paper (also known as wax paper) is more commonly used to separate food to be frozen and prevent it from sticking. It is made up of a matt side and a glossy, plastic-coated side. You can find this type of paper on Amazon, at Hobbycraft or similar stores.

Step 1:

Patron en carton

Create a cardboard pattern the same size as the sheets you use with your printer. This is usually A4 size, 21 cm wide and 29.7 cm long.

Step 2:

Traçage du contour du patron en carton

Lay your piece of 100% cotton fabric flat. Place your cardboard pattern on it, and trace the outline of the pattern on the fabric using a pen or felt pen.

Then cut out the fabric, making sure not to cut directly along the line you have just drawn but further away, to leave a certain buffer.

Step 3:

Découpe du papier de congélation

Take your freezer paper. Take an A4 sheet of paper, or if you have a roll, unroll it, place your fabric on it, and cut enough paper to cover your fabric.

One side of the freezer paper is waxed, the other is matt. The waxed, shiny side should face up, and the fabric should be in contact with that side.

Step 4:

Repassage pour faire adhérer la feuille au tissu

Turn the freezer paper and fabric over and place them on a hard, flat surface such as a work surface, rather than an ironing board. The cloth should be on the bottom, and the matte side of the paper should be on top.

Take your hot iron and run it over the paper to make it stick to the fabric.

Step 5:

Découpe du contour

Once the fabric and paper are stuck together, turn the whole bundle over. Now cut out the whole bundle following the line drawn on the fabric.

Step 6:

Deux motifs sur une seule feuille

Choose the design you want to print on your mask. To save fabric sheets, you can even print 2 designs on one page, as shown opposite.

You will find a gallery of different designs at the bottom of this page.

Impression sur le tissu

Place your fabric in the printer and print the design(s) in 15 x 20 cm format.

Make sure that you select the “Optimum print quality” settings and that the paper type for printing is set to “Premium matte paper”.

Step 7:

Exemple de motifs imprimés

If you printed the pattern on special printer fabric, no further processing is necessary as the material is already processed.

If you used normal fabric and freezer paper, you will need to perform post-printing treatment to prevent the colors from bleeding. You can use a colour fixing product such as Synthrapol, which can be found at Etsy or Amazon.

For a more ecological alternative, you can soak your printed fabric in a basin of cold water with a cup of white vinegar and a cup of coarse salt. Soak for an hour or two and then rinse with cold water. Repeat the process if the colours are still bleeding.

Step 8:

Nécessaire de couture

Cut out your printed fabric following the outline of the image and remove the layer of paper on the back.

Use this piece of fabric to cut out another one of the same size. This will be the inner layer of the mask.

Cut two pieces of elastic of 16.5 cm each.

Step 9:

Positionnement des élastiques

Lay the printed fabric flat, printed side up.

Lay the elastic bands on each side of the printed fabric, placing the ends at the top and bottom corners. Make sure that the elastic bands stay on the fabric and do not come out.

Place the second piece of fabric on top of the printed fabric and the elastic bands.

Step 10:

Épingles sur les deux tissus et les élastiques

Use pins to hold the two pieces of fabric and the elastic bands in place, and prevent them from shifting when sewing.

Step 11:

Espace libre en bas du masque

Sew the outline of the two fabrics by hand, or using a sewing machine, and make sure the ends of the elastics are securely caught in the seams. Be sure to leave a 4 cm gap at the bottom edge so that you can turn the mask over.

Step 12:

Masques retournés

Turn the mask over using the 4 cm space left previously. Press the iron over the mask to flatten it.

Step 13:

Marquage des plis

Make 2 pleats in the fabric. Take a band of fabric of 2.5 cm at the top, and fold it over 1.3 cm. Repeat the operation once more. Press the iron, or simply your hand flat, to mark the pleats.

Step 14:

Épingles sur les plis

Pin the pleats to each side of the mask so that they don’t move when you sew them on.

Step 15:

Couture des plis

Sew the pleats by hand, or using a sewing machine, on each side of the mask.

Step 16:

Mouchoir placé à l'intérieur du masque

It is possible to add a filter layer to your mask using a disposable tissue, or even a dry dusting wipe.

Mouchoir à l'intérieur du masque

To do so, use the space at the bottom of your mask to pass your tissue or wipe through.

Result:

Masque terminé

Here you go!

Masque porté
Masque porté
Exemples de masques terminés

Gallery of designs:

Disney

Disney princesses

Star Wars

Marvel

Pop'Line

Pop'Line

Even as a child, holding my cuddly toy Mickey close to me, I fell in love with the Disney universe that I discovered with my father. In October 2019, I was given the opportunity to live this passion on a daily basis by joining the ED92 family as an editor for the team's various social media.

Leave a Reply