Thinking about sewing masks for yourself or family? I am not here to show you how because there are many tutorials out there already! What I can do, however, is give you some feedback from my own experience that may help you before you even begin!
First, if you are able, I highly suggest raiding your own scrap bin! This a perfect opportunity to make use of remnants from another project. It is a great excuse to reduce, reuse and recycle all in one go!
Personally, the place we are frequenting the most right now is the grocery store so when we found scraps from an apron that I had made using materials with veggies on them we thought “how fitting”. I also had some flannel remnants left over from a baby quilt that was used for this project too.
I used the Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial. I like these tutorials in general because they are practical and no fuss. This was no exception.
I highly suggest only making one to start! Use is as a guide to determine adjustments for each family member. Her suggested 6” x 9” sizing was perfect on my husband, but was foolishly large on me. But shortening it by just an inch made a significant difference.
My next suggestion is to really test it out at home first. Put it on and do a few basic chores around the house. Jon tried his on briefly and it fit comfortably but it was quickly evident that with all the looking down that comes with shopping, his elastic was just barely too long which might not seem like a big deal but as a result his mask was shifting with every movement and risking accidental face touching when he felt it needed adjusting. Ideally, you shouldn’t feel the need to adjust it at all! My easy solution was to have him pinch the elastic behind his ear to where he felt more comfortable moving around without it sliding and I just stitched over it a few times. His elastic length started at 7”. In the future I would use 6.5” for him. Knowing this before I even stared mine, I went ahead and reduced my elastic length to 6” and I really like how they fit.
If you have some available, use the flannel for the inside. Especially if you have sensitive skin! Not only is it more comfortable, but it stays in place more easily.
Make at least two per person. By doing this you will always have a fresh one ready to go! You need to be putting these in the wash after every single use for them to be effective and I can honestly say ours are holding up very well after multiple washes.
Lastly, speaking of effectiveness, once your mask is on it needs to stay on! Don’t take off or pull it down to talk to the cashier, even if they are behind glass! Taking it off and on puts you more at risk, in my opinion. Either you wear it or you don’t.
I hope something that you have read in here is helpful in your mask making endeavors!
Stay safe and stay healthy friends!