Good morning/afternoon/evening/night everyone (covering all the time zones there). I know, Monday posts are always for planners but this isn’t a planner post! I thought I’d post it today though because it’s a more timely…time…yes I sometimes words wrong.
This is not a tutorial because I am bad at those when I know what I’m talking about and when it comes to sewing I have no idea what I’m talking about. I thought I’d share some of the info I’ve come across though because I know that a few people out there reading this might find it interesting and useful. I saw @vanawillemiel do a story on Instagram talking about sewing emergency face masks using 100% quilting cotton. She talked about how obviously, these aren’t perfect but if you’re coughing and sneezing, a double layered cotton face mask can stop 50% of the particles from spraying out so that’s better than nothing…maybe watch her story that she saved for a better explanation but basically it amounts to don’t buy disposable faces makes because health care workers need those – for personal use, try make your own.
She linked to this pattern (top face mask in photo below) It’s not an overly complicated one but I am really bad at sewing so I struggled with the curve a little. I also didn’t top stitch down so the fabric is a little loose. Mostly though I cut the elastic too short so it’s not really wearable for me. A quick google led me to this pattern (bottom face mask in photo below) which I found much easier because it was all straight lines. I did struggle a little with the pleats but I got through it. This one has the benefit of being able to add a filter of some sort into it if you have one.
Luckily I had some elastic in my stash and my mum had some fabric in hers so I was able to make some of these face masks fairly quickly (albeit after a day of stressing out about my sewing machine and ruining some fabric but when it starting working it was fairly quick). My masks are a mess in that I can’t cut straight lines, I can’t sew straight lines, my pleats are completely uneven and I never iron my fabric first but in a pinch, these are better than nothing if you just need to cover your face when you go to the shop.
(Seriously though, I make such a mess when sewing!)
So yeah, if you can, try make some face masks for yourself (preferably using some bright and cheery fabrics). I believe it was mentioned by @vanawillemiel in her story that with these, wash them if they get wet or you’ve been wearing them for 4 hours at 60+ degrees Celsius so make more then one so you can always have one ready to wear.