At first I was working on my own projects, in between trying to get groceries and such, which was often an all-day affair.
I kept getting all these emails with links to tutorials on how to make fabric masks, since we have shortages of the N95s. Most of them looked too complicated for my overstressed brain to decipher. And at first, our local hospitals didn't want the fabric ones, as they do not protect against the virus, so I didn't feel too sad at not being able to contribute.
But now they are welcoming the fabric ones, wearing them over the N95s to prolong their usefulness.
One of our intrepid quilt guild members sent a link to a tutorial from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star that is easy enough even for me! Jenny Doan is so great at simplifying things! Plus I love the cute music they play at the beginning of each of their tutorials.
Here's the first mask I finished, super quick:
Our guild is now collecting the masks, and I deeply appreciate the people who got this organized. Of course, now my friends are all asking for masks, and I really want to make some for them too, so I have an idea to streamline manufacture (here in my own tiny factory of living room, with one staff member--me).
|Finished 3 more!|
Here's the plan: Instead of using scraps, I'm going for yardage. (Do I have enough yardage?! Yes. Yes, I do.)
I'm going to cut a strip 9" wide, width of fabric (WOF) from each of two different fabrics, then sew two seams on either side, the length of the strips, then cut the sewn piece into 6" pieces, with each resulting piece being the face part of a mask. Brilliant, no?
I'm also going to cut two 2" strips, WOF, for the ties, so I can run each strip through my bias tape maker, thereby streamlining the pressing process. I don't have a bigger bias tape maker, and the 2 and 1/2" strips I've been using just don't go through the one I have properly. Might be worth trying to order a bigger one, but in the meantime....
If you watch the Missouri Star tutorial, you will understand better what I'm getting at. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has figured this out.
Off to sew!