Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Making Reususable Face Masks

 I have some Face Masks Available:

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This is a nice roomy 7 inch nose to chin with soft elastic loops  

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This is also a 7 inch roomy nose to chin, but these have my nice nose inserts which keep them above your nose on your face, even when talking to people.

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These are all the same size and fabric prewashed before making the masks
muslin filter pockets doubled for 3 layer fronts and soft elastic loops with a second casing for a hanger cord.

If you want a hanger cord that is 5.00 and I will have it inserted before pickup..

These are not your flimsy reversible masks.. you have the option of putting a filter in, but they are already 3 layers in front.  I wear them for 10 hours at a time and talk at the job, so I have tested this pattern over and over again.  Comfort and as much security as you can have in a cloth mask.
Washable, take nose inserts out of casing they must slide out when you bend your mask flat and then put them back in after washing.

You can go to my Etsy store and just pay for it and then pick it up with an email appointment with me.  I can bring them to the store in Rockville-North Bethesda and give them to you on my break or before or after work.  They are pre-steamed and packaged in a ziplock-ready to wear or gift giving.

If you see mine and think it looks comfortable, it is.  I wear them 10 hours at the store so here are the instructions that I improvised on:

In the filter pocket part I do 4 pieces instead of 2
sew the filter pocket together and flip it so only the top and bottom have a raw edge.  I do top stitch around it to make it nice and flat.  That gives me a 3 layer front and I don't have to put a filter in the pocket. 
Green Garden Twist shows you where the cord casing is and can be used to pull a cord through

2nd improvision, when I fold over the ends of the finished mask over the circle of elastic, I make a second row of stitching for the Cord that you see me wearing.  This works for me two ways.  One it is great to pull off the mask in the car and use as a hanger, but the 2nd most important way to me is that I can tighten the mask on the top edge of my face under my eyes to seal it off.   So many people do not have their masks on properly in public places that I feel that I need this extra precaution.

My nose inserts are these... 

and they form to your face and are flexible but stay with 
I use 2 white flat plastic nose inserts and tape a piece of 22 gauge floral wire inside of them and do a very spaced wrap tucking the end back inside the 2.  This bends - stays and is removable for washing.  The insert will totally conform to your face for comfort and staying power.

The nose casing is however long the insert is and is between the filter and the front directly over the middle of the mask.

PDF for Making Olson Mask