My mask making came to a halt last week. When I first started making them, I knew that I didn't have any 1/4" elastic and couldn't find it anywhere. I also knew I had a bias tape maker somewhere in my old sewing room which was turned into a storage room when we tried to fix up an old spare bedroom into my new sewing room. I gave up looking for them.
As I stated in my previous blog, I found a pattern on Julie Cefalu's blog: Thecraftyquilter.com. I started making them using 1/4" grosgrain ribbons and quickly ran out of the ribbons after only few masks. One spool only has enough for 2 1/2 masks. I have plenty of 1/8" ribbons but feel that they are too narrow. I ordered some more 1/4" ribbons online and to no avail, I cancelled them. They said they had over 300 orders ahead of mine.
I continued making the masks but without any ties. Frustrated with the feeling of defeat, I turned to Youtube and came across this: How to sew a reusable face mask with filter pocket.
Her mask style is different than the ones I was making but the ties turned the light bulb in my head on. Here is the new and improved mask.
Thanks to Brie from Homemadeonourhomestead.com that I got this solution. In the video, Brie used a piece of 3/16" synthetic cotton clothesline cut to 50-60" which I didn't have but I happened to have a bundle of soft cord as shown in the picture above. I finished 26 masks for my family in a matter of a few hours. What a relief!! All the masks were delivered last weekend. I still have plenty of cord left, I can make more.
With this method, I found it to be a quicker way to put the mask on and off. I just slip my head through the loop with the inside of the mask facing out when it hangs around my neck. When I need to put the mask on, I just tie the ends behind my head and I'm ready to face the world!!
In crisis, I found kindness. In sorrow, I found love. In despair, I found hope. I'm grateful.
Keep calm and fight on.
Link to Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday, Alycia Quilts Finished or not Finished Friday.