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Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:49 PM

Sewing Mask Threads Compilation

Last edited Tue Apr 21, 2020, 10:48 AM - Edit history (18)

This is all I have now...feel free to add!

Sewing Masks

Compilation of Mask Links:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213227701

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181334054

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213133357

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213140120

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213136121

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213128319

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213127523

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10321700

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213156221

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213157078

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181335320

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213181601

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213194705

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213224249

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213213611

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213213587

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213225814

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213228101

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213231032

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213236576

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213240696

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10321769

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213323933

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 04:56 PM

1. quit doing it yesterday. cant get any eleastic. all sold out nt

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Response to msongs (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 07:00 PM

4. Here's one that ties

https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1032&pid=1705


I'm hoping he'll come back and post the pattern.

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 05:47 PM

2. no elastic? here's another possibility:

if you happen to have an old pair of panty hose lying around you can cut rings out of them. I did this and it works great. nice and stretchy and totally washable.



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Response to IcyPeas (Reply #2)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 07:01 PM

5. Good idea!

I've got some really stretchy knee high socks that would work, too.

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Sun Mar 22, 2020, 06:03 PM

3. actual HVAC air filters (cheap at hardware stores:)



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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 01:27 AM

6. Thanks for compiling these links. A good resource . . .

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Wed Apr 1, 2020, 08:55 PM

7. Thanks for the list

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 12:34 PM

8. This pattern offers optional filter pocket and wire nose guard.

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #8)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 01:13 PM

9. Thanks, CrispyQ!

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 12:11 PM

10. Here's another one.

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Fri Apr 3, 2020, 12:20 PM

11. This video recommended 100% Cotton batik

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Response to Lars39 (Original post)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 01:58 AM

12. What do you think?

Face mask - first try. Face mask - first try. https://imgur.com/gallery/9pS8KWg

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Response to applegrove (Reply #12)

Sun Apr 5, 2020, 09:12 AM

13. That looks really good, applegrove!

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Response to applegrove (Reply #12)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:34 AM

14. One continuous loop of elastic?

It looks great!

How did you secure the ends of the elastic? I could not wrestle the 1/4" elastic to ground so I could sew the ends together on the machine. But sewing a few stitches by hand worked well and only took a minute.

Today I found my eyelet pliers and sacks of small eyelets. I thought I could secure the ends together by overlapping and using an eyelet to hold them. But you have to make a hole in the fabric first. I'd punch a small hole in the elastic and then it would disappear! It's almost as if elastic is self healing. So I'll keep putting in a few stitches by hand.

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Response to eleny (Reply #14)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:44 AM

15. Nope. Two 7 inch pieces of elastic. I sew them onto the corners of

the right side of one of the pieces of material, along the 7 inch side of the material. So each end has a loop. I sew the elastic ends onto the corners of the material by going forward and back and forward and back for 1/4 inch. Then i face the right sides together of the material, with both elastic loops on the inside, and sew all four sides, leaving two inches open on one of the 9.5 inch sides so i can turn the thing outsude in. I pull on the elastics to get the corners out. Then i pleat it 3 times till the shorter side is 3 inches wide. . I sew all the way around twice. Done.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #15)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 12:50 AM

16. Nice!

If I understand you, you sewed the elastic to one side of fabric in the corners instead of sandwiching in and hoping you caught it with your stitches.

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Response to eleny (Reply #16)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 01:05 AM

17. Yes. I don't use pins for sew the elastic on. They just get in the way. One elastic has ends that

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get attached to each corner of the face of the 7 inch side, of one of the two pieces of material. The elastic arcs in the direction of the center of the face side of the material. Than it is doubly strong because i backstiched it twice over 1/4 of an inch. Then i just put the face to face and sew again. Turn inside out and sew twice. So it is really strong.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #17)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 11:21 AM

18. Stronger and it's much easier while sewing them into place

You can keep them in place without wondering if they've slipped even a little. That always seems to be my problem when sewing anything hidden. Thanks for the tip!

My one work around was not to trap the nose wire in the pocket. I treated that area just like the pocket for a removable filter. Just sew from the edge towards the center about 2" on either side and leave an opening. Just a little tweak for a reusable mask.

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Response to eleny (Reply #18)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 05:16 PM

19. I did not think of just doing a reuseable pocket for the nose wire.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #19)

Mon Apr 6, 2020, 05:33 PM

20. The video I used encloses it by stitching all the way across

She also top stitched the edge of the filter pocket. But I also ts'd right above that, the edge of the wire pocket since it'll get wear and tear taking the wire out or adjusting it if it slips. I guess it makes the sewing a little fiddly. But top stitching is one of my favorite things to sew. I'll be sewing these assembly line style so each step goes faster than completing one mask at a time.

We just got a call from a local realtor friend. She's such a sweety and no spring chicken. But offered to shop for us since she knows my husband is compromised. So now I have another person to sew masks for. It always feels good to make things like this. To do something that means something instead of sitting, watching the news and worrying about an invisible danger.New motivation is always the coolest feeling!

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