Rainbow Brite Plastic Wrap Mask Test

I had this idea to make a mask using the plastic wrap fabric transfer method for my blog in a fun bright retro print. Rainbow Brite gave me some inspiration, so I made up this template and tested the design.

I think it was half successful but would change a few things and make this a disposable mask only with no back panel. But I thought I would share here as I will not be putting this version on my webpage and thought you guys might get a kick out of it :smiley:

After sewing on the second layer and pulling through to the correct way out, I felt it creased the paper transfer layer a lot. Due to that, and I don’t think it will wash well, one layer & disposable it is lol I also wouldn’t wear for too long, more for short outings and as a novelty, it’s hot under there :joy:

Let me know what you think, I am thinking a printable 80’s cartoon collection would be cool, maybe even in the rectangle style mask design for a no-sew design


I would totally wear this! :laughing: though I don’t know anything about how plastic wrap transfer works…

I love the idea of an 80s cartoon series!

The plastic wrap is the easiest transfer method I have come across. I am not sure what it is called overseas but in Australia, we call it plastic cling food wrap.
Print out your picture and cut the design. Put 2 layers of the plastic wrap on the front and back and place over your fabric. Iron with a baking paper over the top so the plastic melts it all together.

If you use for t-shirt designs then do a square or rectangle and fold the plastic over the edge so once ironed you have no plastic shine edge.

I think I have more photos on my phone, I will see if any explains better :slight_smile:

Thank you :purple_heart:


Cool! Thank you for the explanation! I can see how all those layers could feel a little steamy when worn lol. But I’d still wear it. And it sure looks cool!!

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hahaha it sure is hot under there but worth it :joy:

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@Abbeeroad here are the pictures, hope this helps more


Interesting! I have definitely never tried this before. Now I’ll have to! :laughing:

Thank you!

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you’re welcome

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Awesome! I made my two favorite masks out of a Rainbow Brite twin flat-sheet hem, with the basic rectangle and a filter layer inside. Not only is yours a better-made mask, the images on yours are smaller so it’s easier to tell what they are (mine just have segments of characters). 80s cartoon masks should be a thing if they aren’t already. A Care Bear Stare is probably the best wordless message that could be on a mask.


Super cute mask and that technique is neat. I keep thinking of other things I could use it for.

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Yes, 80s cartoon series FTW. I found a sewn table runner at the thrift store that was made from ORIGINAL Strawberry Shortcake fabric. I’m pretty over the moon about it.




haha omg yes yes for the Care Bear Stare, that one would be good for me to wear to work :rofl:

I love making stuff with sheets but I agree with you, hate how the patterns are sometimes so big, hard to make small things with them

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Thank you, yeah the technique is so quick, possibilities endless :blush:

wow that’s a good find, I love thrift store finds!

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I love Rainbow Brite! And I am intrigued by this transfer technique, definitely saving it to try later!

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This is so cute! I had no idea you could create a coated panel like this with cling wrap but now I want to try!

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@Pookie & @Ziggyblackstar I’m happy I could share this technique for you all to try. Have fun with it, good luck :blush:

I’m having trouble understanding the technique.

Is this paper with a layer of plastic on each side, or does the image transfer to fabric or something?

If it’s plastic-coated, can any air get through?
Seems like a fun technique for something, but non-breathable masks seems counter intuitive.

I googled. Read three blogs. Everybody calls it transfer, and nobody tells you if the print goes face up or face down. So I found a YouTube, which shows the technique clearly. (Layer fabric-plastic wrap-face up picture-plastic wrap-parchment paper, then iron)
It’s really not a transfer, it’s a stick-plastic-coated-paper-to-fabric technique.
It didn’t survive the washing machine on that video, but she used a whole sheet of paper (small pieces might work better), and applied it to a tee shirt (stretchy fabric + not stretchy paper = problems). And maybe she didn’t iron enough. Sewing around the edges would certainly help.

Nice to learn a new technique!

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Yes, it mostly washes well on smaller projects in cold water, hand washed. I think it’s more for quick projects and a cheap way to get pictures onto fabric. It’s very thick when on the fabric like the t-shirt transfer paper you buy from the shops that you iron on, which also do not wash the best

Works well on non-stretchy fabric like cotton. You can sew through it but it would need to be long stitches to not put too many holes in the paper :blush:

Let me know how you go if you try this :heavy_heart_exclamation: