I don’t learn about you, however I’m having a helluva time finding a face mask that fits my kids. The combination of huge heads, fidgety fingers, and slippery hair is hard to beat. One thing I have an abundance of, nevertheless, are leggings with knee holes, and an extremely wild imagination that will definitely ultimately land me in jail or at very least, lost in the woods.
In a lucky turn of occasions, today’s wild concept in fact developed into something quite cool, an almost no-sew face mask that fits both of my kids pretty well.
Things. This mask is jankety AF, fine? I know this, however I also understand that in the next few days our state will need masks in public, and I wish to be able to get a donut at some point in 2020 without being apprehended. The goal today was to develop something that remains on, is breathable, and can be washed with ease, which are all boxes this mask checks. It was likewise produced out of things I had in your home, which was key for abiding by the Stay at home Stay Safe orders that are still in effect for who understands for how long.
Now that we’re clear I’m not trying to fix the international PPE crisis, here’s how you make an almost no-sew face mask out of leggings.
Action 1. Discover ill-fitting leggings. I don’t know if this is science, however my nearly 7 years of age’s head is the same size as her 5T leggings, so aim for a set of trousers that is not just holey, but also smaller than their present size. Additional points if it they aren’t terribly stained on the upper thigh location.
Step 2. Fold them sideways, then cut them above the knee into shorts. The mask is made from the part of the pants that would cover the side of their upper thigh, so the tag should remain in the back (on the right on this picture). I make certain there’s a sewing term for what this kind of fold is, but I’ve done sufficient homeschooling today and refuse to look it up.
Step 3. On one of the legs, make a one inch cut about 7 inches listed below the waist band. This will become the strap that gets connected at the base of the neck, so if you mess this part up it’s no huge deal. You’ll simply have to sew the straps that connect around the neck on after.
Step 4. Make one inch cut on the other side, and after that cut upwards toward the band.
Step 5. Repeat the procedure so both sides have been cut and you have this adorable little elephanty looking fella. Remember this is only one leg of your leggings (this is only crucial if you, like me, are utilizing scissors that can hardly cut paper, let alone a number of layers of fabric).
Step 6. About half an inch below the extremely first cut you made, cut around the area of the pant leg.
Step 7. At this moment, it’s time to liberate the mask from its adjoined twin, a.k.a., the other pant leg. You’ll do this by cutting around the band up until you’re entrusted something that looks like these two pieces.
Step 8. Okay, by now you might have observed I didn’t determine the mask prior to cutting anything because I’m a #rebel/ #poorplanner. Since of this, the mask was at this point was super long, however no worries! I simply folded it up a bit before tacking the interior pocket (a smaller rectangle scrap of fabric) on. Oh that’s right, it has an interior pocket for a filter since we expensive. Likewise snip the little band (NOT the rubber band) so you can tie the mask at the base of their neck.
Step 9. It’s time to stitch that bish. Sew along the bottom and sides, folding the mask over the pocket. Folding is optional, however it looked much better than when I didn’t do it, so I’ll let you make the call. Leave the leading edge of the pocket open for abovementioned filter.
Step 10. Ta-da! Pop that sucker on your kid and force them to model it due to the fact that deep down you’re an ambitious phase mommy. Actually make ’em smile with their eyes, because no one can see those cute little bacterium blow holes smiling and bearing it.
There you have it. It works TERRIFIC on my older kid, and the youngest endures it. The stretch of the rubber band makes it so you can angle in a way that keeps it on. If your kid has enough hair to use it in a bun, putting the band above the bun truly keeps ‘er snug. Last measurements make it so that the mask has to do with 5-6 ″ long by about 4 ″ tall, which fits the faces of my typical sized almost 7 year-old, and my large-headed 4 year-old.
This nearly no-sew kid’s mask is likewise simple to wash, environmentally friendly, and uses materials most parents already have in the home, which is pretty wonderful if you ask me.
Have you found kid masks that fit, are cost effective, and offered? Let me understand!
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