4.14.2020 UPDATE: First of all, please do NOT contact me to order and/or make face masks to sell. This blog is about journaling my work while, hopefully, inspiring others to sew. I am not a company. I do not sell products through my blog.
I also want to reiterate I am NOT a face mask expert. This post was originally published February 2019 to share how I made fabric face masks for my pup's groomer. Recently there has been some question about the elastic sizing for this face mask. Evidently all faces are not created equal size.... and some folks are saying it's a 'perfect fit', others are noting it pulls on the ears feeling too short and uncomfortable. As you read my post, my pup's groomer thought the ponytail holders were 'perfect'..... my daughter and I wear the masks shown in the photo below where I used 1/4" wide flat elastic cut 7" long and overlapped 1/2" to sew together and we both like the snug fit..... while others deem them unwearable because of the pull on the ears. So clearly there is a LOT of difference in what people find comfortable to wear. This post is about showing what worked for me.
Having said all that, I recently came up with the idea to make bias tape ties that should solve the elastic problem. They can be tied around the ears.... or tied around the head. I cut 44" 100% cotton fabric 1" wide, ran it through my bias tape gadget, sewed it shut, cut it in half (so each 'tie' is roughly 22" long) then ran each 'half' through each channel. Now the mask is fully adjustable in a couple of different ways for the wearer. Hope this might help. Be safe all. Lisa
4.04.2020 UPDATE: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) now recommends wearing Fabric Face Masks when out in public.
3.18.2020 UPDATE: Recently So Sew Easy included this Fabric Face Mask post in a Face Mask Sewing Patterns Roundup..... a collective post featuring DIY Face Masks of different shapes and forms. So if you are looking for something a little different than what I've shared here.... you might want to check out their site too. Their information is free, just like my information is free and Craft Passion's pattern I used is free. We have a wonderful selfless sewing community. Be safe everyone. Lisa
Have you ever considered making a fabric face mask? Some folks who deal with allergies may feel their only option is the disposable paper mask, but a mask of soft fabric might be something to consider. My sweet companion Suzi, below, is sporting a lovely pink fuzzy barrette given to her by her sweet groomer Erin and you will see in a minute how all that connects to face masks. ;)
|Shiny coat, bandana and barrette means Suzi saw Erin this morning|
|Etsy Listing link|
The Fancy Flutist Finds site when she was selling her stash of doggie fabrics. Such a super nice seller. After responding almost immediately to my e-mail asking for reduced shipping charges due to combining fabrics, she asked what I would be making. When she realized I needed such small pieces, aka scraps really, she included all the doggie scraps she had for free in my package too. What a nice surprise!! Isn't the envelope she made for me fun too?!!
Happy Sewing All! :)
2.06.2020 EDIT/UPDATE: With the current worldwide 2019 Novel Coronavirus threat, this page is receiving a lot of attention recently. Not sure if this pageview uptick is connected to taking precautions against the threat of the virus, but as a full disclaimer I have no idea how much of a germ barrier these masks might be as they were made for my pup's groomer to help her combat inhaling dog dander and fur.