Masks – it seems like we will be making and wearing them for some time.
In my last newsletter, I mentioned that I was making masks again with a different pattern and how I liked the way it fit. At least 40 people emailed me asking which one it was and I figured if that many asked, there were probably twice as many who were wondering but didn’t ask so I thought I would share the information here.
My granddaughters are 11 and 13, they are almost as tall as me! They are doing online learning so we took this selfie yesterday when I brought them lunch.
The pattern I used has 3 different sizes, I started out with the adult female mask and then switched to the kid size face mask.
Kid Size Face Mask
I ended up making most of the masks with the kids template (link below).
I used muslin for the lining of the masks. All seams are 1/4-inch. Sew the center seam and then clip the seam allowance so the piece will curve.
She calls this a 15 minute mask and that is about all the time it took to make one. Here is my mask ready to be turned right side out.
I made the mask exactly like her directions other than I added a wire for the nose. I top-stitched the bottom of the mask and then inserted the 2-inch nose wire in the top before I top-stitched it being careful to not hit the wire.
I found the rubber covered wire at The Dollar Store last March but I haven’t seen it there lately. I really like using it, make sure you use a wire cutter and not your good scissors to cut it. Here is the Garden Flexible Tie on Amazon, unfortunately, it isn’t one dollar.
When I was first making masks, elastic was impossible to find and I made them with ties. Now that elastic is available that is what I prefer to use.
At first, I was using 1/4-inch elastic and then I tried this elastic cord which really works well. You can get it in many different colors but I just went with neutral. I cut the pieces 10-inches long and used a safety pin to thread the elastic through the sides.
Then you just tie a knot and pull it so the knot doesn’t show.
One other thing that I did was to top-stitch down the center of the mask right below where the nose wire was (you don’t want to hit that). I think this helps the mask stand out from your face a little better.
If you were making a mask for a young child I would just cut down the mask template a little bit.
Adult Male Mask
Last night we went out to eat and my grandson was going to meet us so I quickly whipped up the adult male mask for him. You can see the difference in the size as my daughter is wearing the kid mask. I also cut the elastic 12-inches instead of 10-inches.
He said he liked it and I told him to try it out and if he likes it, I’ll make him several more as he has to wear a mask every day for work.
Here is a short video showing how this mask is made. The link to her mask goes to a site that is blocked. I deleted the link to her pdf after people telling me it wasn’t a safe site. I couldn’t even get back to it. I have a pdf for masks in 3 sizes that are very similar. The kids’ mask seems to fit my granddaughters and me the best.