Face Mask Pattern

Face Mask Pattern

Never before in my lifetime or my parents, have we seen a global pandemic. While I appreciate being protected by staying inside, I know healthcare workers and first responders are the frontlines. I’m assuming since most of our country’s supply of protective wear such as gloves, masks, and sterilization wipes are mostly sourced from China, we have another infection control issue at hand. 

When I checked Pinterest for a mask pattern, I grabbed one I thought was suitable, and while I made 25 in my first batch, I wasn’t pleased with the fit of the mask. From having worked in our local operating room for two years wearing surgical masks daily, a well fit one to me means it includes most of my nose and mouth while still letting me breathe easily. These homemade masks are meant to protect ourselves from droplet precautions such as if someone coughs or sneezes near us. They are not meant to provide viral protection, but a pocket can be made so that additional barriers can be placed within the mask if needed. My mask design is easy to sew, fits well to the face, is comfortable and offers a design that prevents gaps around the nose and jawline, while still allowing you to breathe well.

Though there seems to be much misinformation on the internet, I’ve seen many masks made out of flannel, cotton (pillowcase), and jersey knit (T-shirt) materials. Corded elastic or ⅛” wide elastic can be used for the ear ties. Filtration can be increased by adding various layers within, such as vacuum cleaner bag, tea towel, but they also decrease breathability as well. Here’s a great article on what materials presented best for the DIY mask: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/

 

6 Days of Pinterest #3

6 Days of Pinterest #3

Fabric Storage 
I loved THIS idea from Pinterest VERY much! I have an overflowing abundance of fabric. I’ve been sewing so much, that a lot of it is scrap-sized now. Which….leads to a disorganized, big mess.
This is my art/sewing/everything else space in our finished loft area. I have one half, and my very creative hubby has the other side filled with his paper models, train sets, and aircraft models. I was on the lookout for a bookcase that would fit horizontally in this narrow space near the A-frame roof. Thankfully, my Mom had an extra bookcase that she didn’t need anymore. Turns out…it fit perfectly, and I found out my Dad had built it a long time ago. How extra great is that!
 I just love it. And I spent about an hour folding up all those little scraps! Nathan tried to pull it down today, but I stopped him just in time! Oooohhh…all that work!
 For more storage of those special fabrics like my silk weights, tulle, fur, diaper fabric/PUL, and felt, I nested some decorator-storage boxes, and it worked out just perfectly!
And, just for fun…..
I thought I would show you this:

 This WAS our art/craft room, before our Nathan was born. Steven and I would spend about 90% of our days in this craft room, working hard and having a ton of fun creating!!! In full craft-mode, this is how messy my side of the room would get. I know what you’re thinking….and, you’re right! But, don’t you know that creative people are usually messy? : )
But, when I finally would clean it up, and have a lull in my project list, this is what it would look like. Back to orderly. I do miss the light that poured into this room on my workspace, but it sure is a fine bedroom now for our little guy (and still us parents temporarily)… See what this space looks like HERE now. 
Could you use an extra bookcase on it’s side for extra storage? It would work great for anything….kids toys, in the basement, in the garage….and if you painted the bookcase black or white, it could look very pretty in your living room, like the one from Pinterest! Happy re-purposing everyone!