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Making Face Masks

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lizzypopbottle Fri 10-Jul-20 16:43:34

I've become slightly, mildly obsessed with making masks. I've got loads but not really anywhere to go wearing them 😀. I've started embellishing them now. It's a great way to use up a fabric stash. I've tried various patterns off YouTube and have settled on a couple that are a good fit for family members, make and female. I had to stop when I started getting a stiff neck! Anyone else making them? I told myself there's be no need for them soon but I'm beginning to doubt that now there are second waves happening in other countries.
The two in the photo look a bit like underwear!

lizzypopbottle Fri 10-Jul-20 16:45:00

I hate auto correct making nonsense of my words....

PamelaJ1 Fri 10-Jul-20 17:03:55

Here are mine.
At that point I didn’t have elastic.

ExD Fri 10-Jul-20 17:09:00

I made them too, also sewed scrubs for a local Care Home. I've stopped now as they seem to be well stocked with professional PPE and my hands were playing up anyway. (carpal tunnel).
Those are very impressive PamelaJ.

lizzypopbottle Fri 10-Jul-20 17:12:19

Wow! PamelaJ1 the mask with the eyes is spooky! 😀

Grammaretto Fri 10-Jul-20 17:17:19

Wow!! well done. I have made 6 now for family members and moi but we will need to keep washing them I suppose.
It is compulsory now in shops in Scotland.
So at least I won't be the only one any more.
I have hardly been inside a shop since March. Maybe 6 times altogether. I was a bit hopeless as I didn't notice the one-way system.
I have ordered mor elastic online but it probably won't arrive for months.

Ilovecheese Fri 10-Jul-20 17:18:20

Yes, me too, some plain and some "novelty". Have given some to our GP surgery, who offer them to patients. There is also a local group who collects them to give to schools. That is apart from me giving them to family members.

TerriBull Fri 10-Jul-20 18:06:13

I admire your efforts, I'm no good with a needle and thread, I've just ordered 3 on line from Gap in attractive prints, that can be washed, to ring the changes from the utilitarian disposable ones I have at the moment. The mark up for scraps of material must he immense, never mind we need to spend our money on something. I find myself increasingly on line looking for masks these days, who'd have thought it a year ago shock

Whitewavemark2 Fri 10-Jul-20 18:08:51

I’m useless at making that sort of thing.

Better get sewing everyone as it sounds as if they are going to be made compulsory in shops.

Not before time imo

lizzypopbottle Fri 10-Jul-20 18:25:29

There are loads of tutorials on YouTube and many of them are for people without a sewing machine. I made the pictured masks for my daughter out of a tube scarf that I never wore. She wanted blue but not baby blue. They are not difficult to make, although I used a machine. Grammaretto Yes, you need a few so you can wash, dry and iron them.

PamelaJ1 Fri 10-Jul-20 19:25:21

lizzypopbottle - I didn’t quite line up the eyes , looks like he needs glasses. That one is my grandsons.
I used a sort of printed fish wind sock🤷🏼‍♀️ that I bought years ago. I knew it was a good idea😂

Grammaretto Fri 10-Jul-20 19:43:38

Pamela that's great!!
The elastic has arrived and I only ordered it this morning on A****n. Sorry local shops. How can anyone compete?

FarNorth Fri 10-Jul-20 19:49:55

Iron them?? I wasn't counting on doing that.
I iron almost nothing - where is my iron anyway??

I was happy to pay a few pounds to someone who is skilled enough to make masks.
I don't think it works out to a high hourly rate for her.

vegansrock Sat 11-Jul-20 06:58:03

I’ve made loads of masks in Liberty tana lawn , which is very light and very fine weave, lovely designs. I’ve made nearly £600 for charity making them for friends and neighbours. I do the pleated sort and the shaped ones. Plus still making scrubs.

PamelaJ1 Sat 11-Jul-20 08:23:07

lizzy and vegansrock , yours are so pretty. Mine are a little scary but they are for men. I have made others in the fabric I had left over from the kitchen blinds. I expect the liberty ones are light to wear.

Congratulations for making so much money. I missed an opportunity there, I just give them away. 🥴

lizzypopbottle Sat 11-Jul-20 15:51:04

FarNorth I iron them, principally, because ironing is important when you're sewing things. But the heat of the iron is also a brilliant way of killing germs.

lizzypopbottle Sat 11-Jul-20 15:58:58

PamelaJ1 I've made some for men too. I have two sons and a son-in-law. I made one as a thank-you for a friend of my son, who nominated me for three free Hello Fresh meals (automatic subscription duly cancelled!) and I'm busy with one for my karate instructor. They mostly request plain black with no lace or daisy trim! Can't think why... 😂

PamelaJ1 Sat 11-Jul-20 18:51:37

I’ve got an advert for face masks at the top of this thread.
They obviously haven’t realised we are making them ourselves!

FarNorth Sat 11-Jul-20 19:11:57

Good points, lizzy.

MiniMoon Sat 11-Jul-20 19:23:55

Here's my crocheted mask, complete with filter pocket. I made it with some leftover acrylic yarn. It might be a bit warm for the summer, but I'll only be using it in enclosed spaces. I have a white cloth one for walking about in the street, if it ever comes to being needed.

fevertree Sun 12-Jul-20 11:43:37

I've made some out of old (vintage) embroidered traycloths. Very happy with my masks, made from a very simple pattern: a circle (I used a dinner plate as guide) cut into quarters, sew together the rounded sides on two pieces, then right of the two halves sides together etc. smile

fevertree Sun 12-Jul-20 11:45:10

... I mean right sides of the two halves ...

seacliff Sun 12-Jul-20 12:47:29

Vegansrock I love those, the material must be lovely to wear compared with some. That is just the type I am looking for.

PamelaJ1 Sun 12-Jul-20 13:05:11

seacliff- vegan is making them for charity. Buy one.

lizzypopbottle Sun 12-Jul-20 17:29:57

Clever, MiniMoon! I never got the hang of crochet but my mother was an accomplished tailoress and she taught my older sister and me. My younger sister was more interested in riding horses so she never learned.