Sunday, April 19, 2020

Cloth face masks - covid 19 sucks!

On the plane flying from Toronto to Winnipeg March 24, 2020.
Yes I'm still out here. I'm behind in blog posts and staying home to help flatten the curve.  While staying home, quilt making is on the back burner for mask making is the priority.
These were made while I was in Ontario visiting my daughter and family.  The purple striped one is 100% polyester (upholstery fabric) outside and 100% cotton (old white sheet) inside.  The blue one is recycled denim jeans with the same white cotton inside.  These were the fabrics available at Shannon's home.
There are hundreds if not thousands of free patterns and tutorials available.  In the past three weeks, I have made over 30 masks.

 Things I have learned:
  •  fit is important
  • comfort is important
  • elastic is in short supply
  • nose wires are easier to sew a casing around using a zipper foot
  • masks that are well fitted over the nose do not fog up glasses
  • filter pockets are desirable but not essential
  • masks should be stylish and fun as well as functional
  • for quilters mask making is an excellent scrap buster
  • using a serger 1.25" strips by width of fabric make the best cotton ties 
  • my preference of mask has a long single cotton tie with casing on the sides
Manikin head purchased at local Dollarama for $4.00 CAD.  Sadly the ears are too flat to be functional.
 Fitted mask with casing on the sides. 
Pleated masks with elastic and cotton ties. The elastic on these 3 masks was 3/8" thick and they would not stay in place around the ears, ended up replacing with 1/4" flat braided elastic.
The filter pocket is 100% polyester moisture wick away fabric used in sportswear and for cloth diaper liners.  It is very soft and does not fray but it is a pain to sew because it is slippery.
Followed a tutorial to make this mask using two 2.5" wide strips for the ties.  With side pleats, very thick ties on the top and bottom it is not comfortable.
To all my dear readers, please stay home, safe and well. To all essential workers thank you.
God Bless you all!

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