Post by cheerypeabrain on Jun 25, 2020 20:00:01 GMT
Thank you for your nice comments xxx
Anyroad up. I've been making face coverings as you know. A friend's daughter asked for the pattern/how to make one. There are lots of tutorials on fb, but I don't have a sewing machine so I hand sew mine. They're comfy and altho NOT a medical face mask they're ok as long as you're still social distancing. Easy peasy.
1. Select some strong cotton fabric and cut out an oblong, about 7-9" (depending on the size of your head!) X 16 - 18"
2. Fold the strip of fabric in half, right sides inside
3. Sew up either side of the fabric, making a 'bag' leaving the top open. I draw line with a ruler to guide my sewing as other wise I tend to wander!
4. Turn the 'bag' right side out and get a long pipe cleaner
5. Turn over the ends of the pipe cleaner so that the sharp ends won't poke through the fabric
6. Put the pipe cleaner into the bag, right up against the folded end, then run a little stitch along next to it to hold it in place.
7. Hem the bottom of the bag closed
8. Fold the fabric, concertina fashion and pin in place
9. Oversew each side securing the folds in place
10. Attach ear loops, elastic (I actually used the ear loops from the rubbish face masks I bought from Amazon...the loops were unsecured and kept falling off)
To wear, pipecleaner end at the top. Loop the ear loops around your ears, shape the pipecleaner end around your nose to fit, the pull down the bottom to cover your chin (or in my case, chins)
I wonder which country will open the "face mask museum." I am impressed in my own neighbourhood by all of the African women with their spectacular masks made with African fabric (fabrics which are actually made, as we all know, in the Netherlands and Germany).
Thanks for the very clear instructions, Cheery. Years ago, I used to sew and do needle work. I don’t anymore, but it’s nice to have these instructions in case I decide I want to make my own masks. I’m amazed at your stitches. You do such fine work! Lovely!
I wonder which country will open the "face mask museum." I am impressed in my own neighbourhood by all of the African women with their spectacular masks made with African fabric
There are masks here with traditional styles of embroidery and also with a luchador theme, but I have not yet seen anyone wearing a fancy one. What amazes me, considering the masking zeal of Mexicans in many of their celebrations, is that there are no really whimsical corona masks -- no snouts or other protuberances, no funny embroidered lips, nothing.
I think that I will have a go at making one next week. Thank you Cheery for your detailed instructions. ( As an aside) I was reading this and thinking if my Mum was alive she would have been churning them out. I think that she was slightly disappointed that me and my sis did not inherit her love for sewing.
Post by cheerypeabrain on Sept 1, 2020 17:15:50 GMT
I'm still developing my skills...
I can't decide which fabrics to use yet..and realise that just because I have several different ones doesn't necessarily mean that I should use them ALL in my first project. I quite like the first design...thinking of making a little lap blanket for my sister...to keep her knees warm on winter evenings. I have some calico for the backing....