Everybody’s making their own masks now. I’m so pleased by my crafting associates who are churning out hundreds of hand-sewn masks for doctor and the public. I have actually been slow to get on the Do It Yourself face mask train since 1) I’m a horrible drain, and 2) I did not have any fabric. As I was rummaging through my closet searching for t-shirts I could compromise to develop into masks, I discovered a stash of old Jonathan Fong Style lug bags that I used to offer in your home and garden programs. Wait, these tote bags are made from non-woven polypropylene, very similar to Oly Fun, which all the DIYers have actually bought out for face masks. So, I believed, why not make masks out of these lug bags?
Once again, I am the world’s worst drain. I have a real tough time stitching in a straight line. The thought of threading the needle and setting up the bobbin make me break out in a sweat. The non-woven material of the lug bags (and Oly Fun) makes it easy for beginning sewers like me since the material does not fray, so I do not have to fret about hemming or turning fabric completely.
Another problem I had when deciding whether to make my own masks was I did not have any flexible for the straps. I took a look at some tutorials for masks with fabric ties, but these required 40-inch long pieces of material, and like I stated I did not have any material on hand. As I was studying the tote bags, I wanted that the handles on them would work for the straps, however they were too short. Then I was gazing at the sewn seams along the edges of the bags. They supply the structure of the bag and go along the three edges of the front and rear end of the bag. Lightbulb moment! These would be the ties for the mask. I cut these sewn seams along the edges, and they turned out to be 36 inches long, just shy of the 40 inches in the other tutorials. Close enough. That’ll work. Because they go along 3 sides of the bags, they do have 90-degree angles on them, but again, close enough, they pull directly to connect.
Here’s how I made the face masks. My first one, which I am modeling in the picture at the bottom, was really rough. My sewing was all over the place, and there were numerous errors. By my 3rd mask, it was much better. Still not something I ‘d desire to hang in the Louvre, however excellent enough.
Now, prior to revealing the actions, I do wish to highlight that these are not surgical masks, and I do not understand how much protection they provide from germs and viruses. But at least when I wear one, I can seem like I’m doing my finest to not spread germs myself if I cough or sneeze. And the non-woven material allegedly supplies a much better barrier than cotton. Enough exposition. Let’s get to the tutorial.
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