In a previous blog we shared our favourite mask tutorials as recommended by guests of our workshops. In this ‘how to’ blog we wish to show how to turn an old t-shirt into a collection of face masks.
We’ve used a large men’s undesirable T-shirt.
We cut around the joints to create larger, flat pieces of material. We saved the buttons from the placket for another job.
We then ironed the material flat, ravel the creases to make it much easier to cut out the shapes for the masks.
There are so lots of terrific patterns and videos out there showing how to make masks we have not done our own one. However what we have actually done is gathered our preferred videos and those suggested by our workshop attendees.
For these masks we followed the Leah Day tutorial. We have actually made lots of these masks so we currently had a paper pattern ready, produced from the measurements offered. Making a paper pattern accelerate the procedure instead of measuring out the squares each time.
We laid the pattern flat on the fabric and pinned around the corners and edges before cutting. We managed to get 5 mask patterns from one Tee shirts.
Instead of utilizing flexible to hold the mask around the ears, we cut thin strips of the Tee shirts material. We used a piece of ribbon as a pattern, cutting it to the needed length. Pinned the ribbon to the T-shirt fabric and cut 10 strips (5 sets).
As soon as cut, we pulled the short ends of the strips gently away from each other. This triggered the ends to curl in on each other and now work perfectly to hold the mask on around the ears, in location of flexible. Jersey doesn’t fray so the edges do not need to be hemmed or completed with a zig-zag stitch.
The remaining pieces, too little to make a mask, have actually been conserved for future projects. Tee shirts material is useful for patching leggings, T-shirts and other stretch clothing.
We discovered that utilizing a zig zag sewed worked best on the T-shirt fabric. We likewise used a jersey needle for our device. Another tip: we utilized a purple thread for the bobbin so one side of the mask has a various colour thread. This is so when you wear it and take it off briefly, you understand which method it was so it can be worn in the exact same method.
We advise for the masks to only be used at a few hours prior to being cleaned. Or if it has actually been used for a length of time. For instance, when we are travelling on the train, we use one mask and then put it in a draw string bag at the end of the journey. We then wear a tidy mask for the return journey house. We keep our tidy masks in one bag and bring a spare bag for the dirty masks. Then clean the masks and bag in hot soapy water once we get home. Click on this link for details on how to make bags for your masks.
Important to keep in mind
All the videos note that the masks are not appropriate in a medical setting. Wearing a mask is needed in the UK for shopping and travelling on public transport. They could possibly stop the user spreading out the infection to somebody else but they probably do not safeguard the user from capturing the disease. The mask needs to be washed after each wear. Place the mask over your mouth and nose prior to leaving house. Do not touch your face or get rid of the mask whilst out and about. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your face to remove the mask. Place the mask in a drawstring bag and clean them both on a hot soapy wash.
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