My daughter is a pony super fan (and so our her parents), so for her birthday last year, I decided to make felt dress-up masks inspired by the Mane Six from My Little Pony.  They turned out pretty cool, so I decided to make some to sell on Etsy.

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The Mane Six plus Discord

I have had a few sales of my masks, so I thought it might be nice to give a tutorial on how I create these lovely ponies.  And who better to lead the tutorial, than the coolest of cool, by at least 20%, Rainbow Dash.

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It’s true: I am as “Awesome As I Wanna Be”
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Is this not how the rest of the world organizes its felt?

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Recently, I decided to organize my felt by pony color combination, so when I want to make a mask, I can just grab the bag full of the colors I need and get going.  Is that weird?  Well, either way I have a bag labeled as “Non-Pony Colors”.  I am not really sure what I am going to do with that stuff…

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IMG_6022When I started making the masks, I created patterns out of tracing paper.  First for the basic shape of the mask, then patterns for the individual eyes and hair of each of the ladies.  I pin each pattern to the colors in question and then start cutting everything out.

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Next comes the pinning.  I like to get everything cut out and pinned in place before I start sewing. The exception is the eye holes.  I like to have the pupil’s eye hole cut out, but wait on the other layers until everything is sewn down to lessen the chance of the eyes shifting.

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After pinning comes the sewing.  I like to sew the eyes by hand. I try to keep the stitches small and uniform.

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I like to use contrasting thread on the hair or skin of the pony, just to add a little character.

Before stitching the back onto the rest of the mask, I cut out the eye holes and position the ribbons that will tie the mask onto the wearer.

The hair and the backing are sewn on with a machine for a strong hold and the look of an outline.

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Here is a view of back all stitched together and cut out.  I also like to hand stitch the layers of the eyes together so that the 5 layers of felt that make up the eyes will be nice and flat.

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And Boom! (of the Sonic Rain- variety) we have a mask.  Perfect for dress-up, Halloween, or cosplay at a con. Each mask takes between four and six hours from start to finish.

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Like it?  I have masks inspired by Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Applejack, Discord, and of course Rainbow Dash.  What other masks should I make? Who is your favorite pony?

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