I made the Snorkeling Mariah ornament after her first trip to Mexico, so I thought Brayden needed one, too. I went to Etsy in search of clipart and found the boys' version of the art I'd used for Mariah. Since I knew what I was doing this time, I took pictures of how I did the mask. I used clear vinyl tablecloth covering. This is much thinner and easier to stitch through than actual clear vinyl.
First, you cut a piece of vinyl bigger than the mask.
Sandwich it between the two pieces of felt and pin it.
Stitch around the inside of the mask, going through the felt and the vinyl.
Trim away the vinyl inside the mask with a tiny pair of scissors.
Then you have this.
Now comes the fun part.
Start stitching and stick in the pipe cleaner.
Keep stitching and bending as you go.
When you get to about here, you have to measure and cut.
Bend it around, stick it down in there, and finish it up!
It's really not as hard or time-consuming as it looks. The first couple of stitches are the worst and then it's smooth sailing from there. He turned out great and I'm anxious to see them hanging side-by-side on the tree!
In case anyone happens by and thinks I've stolen someone else's work or thinks I'm profiting from it:
- I purchased the clip-art. I did not do a "right click/save as."
- I am not selling a pattern made from this clip-art. I'm not even giving away a pattern made from this clip-art.
- I am not selling ornaments made from this clip-art.