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/

 

Near “free” Rite Aid trip!

Near “free” Rite Aid trip!

I am so excited! I just got back from Rite Aid, and I’m so excited by how much I got for how little I paid! Last year my sister taught me awesome things about saving money and super-couponing. Then I shared the knowledge with my friend, Johanna, who now does better couponing deals than me! I am highly impressed with her and you can reap the same benefits as I did by following her great blog, Glorious Living 4 Moms! She got all the above stuff for just 13 cents!!!! Yes, really! See here! And here’s how my sister coupons amazingly on her blog here and here. I would have spent over $40. retail cost on the above items, but instead, with coupons and Rite Aid video value coupons, and Johanna’s blog, I only spent $7.84 out of pocket, and got 7 UP rewards back (thats actually 7 rite-aid dollars back to spend next trip)! So that’s technically 84 cents for it all, right?!!! I love it!!! So thank you, Amy and Johanna for making this possible for me!! And did I mention I did this shopping trip today with my 2 month old strapped to me who was fighting sleep and crying? So, you can do it too!