Hello Folks. Long time no see......for everyone, I suppose. These are strange times we are living in and I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
I thought, as everyone and their garden gnome are making masks, I thought I would share 2 designs that I have made. These are not my designs, and I will share the links to the original posts.
I decided to go with 2 styles, as I wanted to ensure that everyone in my family got at least 2 that would fit them perfectly and safely. I did change some of the features in both these masks but I will explain what I changed and why I did, below.
Firstly, was the Olsen mask that was recommended by a Hospital in the USA. It comes with a detailed video together with the link to the pattern. Now, this pattern is a lot more involved in that it isn't just a rectangle of pleated fabric. You have to cut out 6 pieces of fabric to make one mask. But its a great design and a really great tutorial. Here is the link to the Olsen Mask, made by Gail Kollmer on her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StMPYZ-waso&t=283s
The second design I made was a pleated mask. Although this mask is basically a rectangle of fabric, I found that this one fits the majority of faces as the pleats allow room to fit the contours of each individual face. And its so quick to sew up too, so if you need to make a lot of masks for a big family...like me....this might suit you better. This is the link to the pleated mask made by Kim's Kitchen Affair YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K4dH3-LHLQ
SMALL DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional sewer....or even a medium sewer....I am new to sewing and am pretty useless at it. But I managed to make these, wonky sewing lines and all. So please don't judge me on my sewing skills. I wanted to make masks to keep my family safe and I don't think they care that the lines aren't straight and the pleats are wonky, teehee.
|I used polycotton and some 100% cotton fabrics. And the over the ear elastics were just hair ties that I had.|
|These pleated masks are my favourite as they expand and move with the contours of your face and allow for movement when talking.|
|In the original tutorial, the lady made these as over the ears masks. I decided to make my design over the head. So these masks wrap around your head and neck, rather than just over the ears.|
|I felt that I got a much better fit by making them over the head rather than just around the ears. They are very snug and secure but comfortable to wear. These masks also have the wee bendy nose wires in them together with a pocket for filters.|
|I couldn't forget about the wee people in my family, and I made teeny wee masks for my 4 year old nieces too.|
|These masks also got HEPA filter inserts too. These are a wee bit more fiddly to insert simply because of the pleats and the filter isn't pleated. But its simply to fit in and adjust it once your mask is on.|
Once your mask is washed at the recommended 60 degrees C, just pop your HEPA filter back into your mask and you're good to go.
That's it from me folks. I hope this is helpful to some of you. If you have any questions, leave a comment of send me a wee message through the link at the top right of this blog.
Toodles Noodles......Lee aka Crafty Loops xx
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