It seems that we all might as well get used to the “new look”, hmmm? There are a few of us left in our Texas park and it’s become a real team effort to make some masks for a local/Harlingen care facility……about 200 of the masks were promised. The idea was put “out there” and, well, the mobilization began. There are runners, cutters, stitchers and others doing the needed miscellaneous tasks. The local TV station even was on site earlier this week and did a piece on our endeavors. I just recently joined this activity and the supplies arrived. I am just a stitcher and the fabric/elastic is coming to me already cut to size! The pattern is a simple one: for each mask you will need……2 pieces 1/4” elastic, cut to 6” and 2 pieces of coordinating fabric (so the side that will be towards the face is easily recognizable). Cut the fabrics 7”x10”. Press 3/8”-1/2” to the wrong side on the short ends of both pieces. Layer, right sides together and stitch down the long sides (leaving the pressed, short ends open). Turn right side out and press. Next, form 2 lengthwise pleats so that the ends measure 3”and press. I use a clip to hold the pleats till cool. The next step completes the mask!!!
Insert the end of one elastic piece into the open endand double stitch to secure. Continue to edge stitch through the folds to 1” before the next corner and insert the other elastic end into the mask (being careful not to twist the elastic). Again, double stitch over the elastic and continue down the long side of the mask, stitching close to the edge. Stop about 1” before you turn the next corner and insert an end of the next piece of elastic. Finish stitching that side and turn the corner, double stitching and continuing in the same manner as the other end. Finish stitching the last long side and secure. At this point there’s probably some thread end trimming to be taken care of so, remember this is a team effort, DH was enlisted……. Done!!!! Once you get a rhythm going, it’s easy to chain piece many prepped fabric pieces. This morning, I finished 38 of these following these steps…….
These are appropriate for general public use and not intended for medical personnel who have more stringent mask requirements.
If I have not been totally clear on any of the steps/part of the process, please let me know. We are all in this together……..even thought most of us are home-bound at this point, don’t forget to reach out to someone who may be very alone. Sending hugs and prayers to all my dear bloggy friends!