Friday, March 27, 2020

Face masks

The call for face masks has been circulating among quilters and sewers, who are working fast and furious to make them out of our stash of cotton fabrics.  I hope that this doesn't turn out to be hype like what happens after a natural disaster and people start making and sending quilts that end up in the trash.  The COVID-19 pandemic is REAL, and the need for medical equipment is real.  So maybe this is real too.

Most of the  YouTube face mask videos  that I've seen have you start with a small amount of fabric, and a little bit of 1/4" of elastic.   There are tons of them, so be sure to check them all out.

Silhouette Patterns  has a PDF and pattern for a more fitted and darted style.

Again, I don't know if this is a real thing, but it won't take that much time to make some for my family.

Here are the ones that I made.  I found that the 3-1/2" final size works the best, and I used pipe cleaners for the top so that it can be molded around the nose. 


I didn't have 1/4" elastic, so I cut strips out of some 2" wide black elastic.  It's not ideal, but it works for now.


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