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. You can watch it on YouTube or here. She also has a pdf for the different sizes of masks, the link is gone that was below the video. I’m not sure if it will no longer be available soon so grab it while you can. The kids mask seems to fit my granddaughters and me the best.
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