With the structure of the mask complete, it was time to add some burlap skin to my mask. I picked up a number of yards of dark burlap from Jo-Ann, so I cut a couple of decently-sized strips to drape over the mask and get an idea of how it would fit.
After pinning the cut burlap together, I threaded my needle and prepared for a long night of hand sewing. Immediately, though, I discovered that cut burlap is way too lose to hold any kind of a stitch, and sewing it together would be impossible.
While thinking about what would decently hold a seam together while keeping the burlap from fraying, I figured that the hot glue worked well enough for the structure - it might just be what I needed to hem my burlap.
I used some black cotton/poly fabric for the mouth.
And I used some nylon house screen for the eyes. I layered two pieces of screen at a 40 degree angle so that it would look darker and less "back patio door."
For the finishing touches, I used an upholstery needle and some thick black cotton thread to make the decorative stitches around the eyes and mouth.
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