Saturday was another mask day. I was busy. I cut out about 75 to start with. Friday only got 4 made. Saturday I got 22 made.
Karl was a great help and we have the rest of them in progress. After that, I’m putting myself on hold until the hospital the girls work at decides how many they need and who is making them. I don’t want to make 300 and then don’t need them. I’m off work and can always jump on the bandwagon again if they need more. I’m finding I think in a good day I can make about 20ish. I know some patterns are quicker..some are not. This is what I can do with the pattern I’m using.
I did come up with a little short cut. I am suppose to sew from the two top edges in. I was having to stop and pin them all. UGH.
That was slowing me down. So..I came up with this plan.
I sandwich the pieces right side together. I start sewing. I marked two lines on my sewing guide (I have this Lori Holt one). I sewed from the beginning edge until the fabric goes to that back Sharpie marker line.
I pick up the foot, and reposition like this…Notice the front edge of the fabric is at the line.
Then I sew all the way to the edge. This way I eliminate the step of pinning.
I don’t have all of the same solid fabrics so I started using one color on the sides of the mask and another color for the ties.
I’ve gotten questions from many asking about how I am doing the ties. I am cutting two pieces the width of the fabric long, 2″ wide. I iron it in half hotdog style. Then I turn the edges in and sew one seam. This way I can avoid having to turn things right side out. Karl has been my ironer.
After that I cut the ties in half making them about 21″ long. I tuck the ends into the sides and then sew.
BUT…Stop the presses. I was chatting with Connie via messenger as I was writing this and Connie said, “So you feed the width of fabric strip through the hole on the side”. DUH!! Why didn’t I think of that???
So, tomorrow I will cut two 2″ width of fabric pieces and I will feed them through the hole….they will need to be tacked in the center though. These are going to be washed and the ties will come loose if I don’t. THANKS CONNIE!! I swear by the time I’m done making these, I’ll be a pro.
I ended up getting 22 made.
Do you recognize a fabric that you might have sent me??
I have this pile of masks in progress..I’m hoping I can finish most of these up today.
Making the ties is the most tedious part.
I’ve been asked about what I’m putting in the pocket. To be honest, I don’t know. All I know is that I read that a non-woven fabric is best. The problem is, what is exactly a non woven?
I’m guessing that it might mean an interfacing…felt…batting…I don’t know for sure. Right now I’m making them. I’m sure something will come out in the next few days to let people know what would be best.
That’s what I know for today…what a crazy world!! Who would have ever thought we’d be making masks because hospitals didn’t have them??