by killiecrankie 03 Aug 2020

I was wondering what free face mask patterns,you have found to be the most practical & comfortable to wear?

We haven't needed to wear any yet ,but with the Victorian out break ,businesses here are starting to want customers to wear them even though there haven't been any cases here for weeks.
I made a couple from free patterns but they didn't fit very well.Husband has had surgery behind his ear years ago ,so elastic ear loops are out.
Thank you for any suggestions.

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by stock 04 Aug 2020

Spotlight has a free one, they sent it with an advertising email, I hasve used it, I put a pipe cleaner doubled in half at the top inside over the nose , as we both wear glasses and they were fogging up...wendy

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 05 Aug 2020

Thank you .I did read this email but must of deleted it before I got around to download the pattern.

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 05 Aug 2020

I did download the one from Lincrafts newsletter

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by allmine99 03 Aug 2020

living in Vic. I have been busily sewing masks;using a center seam pattern someone downloaded from Burda Style.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

Thank you ,I feel very sorry for anyone living through the current Victorian lock down conditions .
I tried a center seam but it wasn't a good fit.Going to fiddle with the pattern now.We don't like the blue single use ones you buy.Husband needs one for hospital visit.

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by AuntAnnie edited 03 Aug 2020

I had difficulty locating elastic in my area so made pleated masks with ties from a pattern provided by one of our local hospitals. Use 100% cotton for for both layers. I used 2" strips of folded fabric (not cut on the bias) as a substitute for bias tape. The size can be adjusted larger (7" x 10 1/2") or smaller (8" x 5") for a child; the length of the tie can be either lengthened or shortened to better fit the wearer.

https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/47...

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 05 Aug 2020

Thank you

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by maymason1 03 Aug 2020

Pick one, wear it and be safe !.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

Thank you

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by sebsews 03 Aug 2020

I make the pleated masks. I saw a video where you take a 4 hole button, put 2 rubberbands through the holes (use the extra small size rubberbands) and slide onto your glasses bows. Then hook the elastic around the button. Stay safe!

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

Thank you.According to the local paper our district hasn't had a covid case since May 20th but Sydney is only 90mins south & has several hot spot out breaks.

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by airyfairy 03 Aug 2020

A friend sent me a lovely pattern but I do not know where it was from. Having worn masks since April, I can say that I prefer the ones with a center seam rather than the pleated ones. Hope you find something suitable.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

The girl at the register who served me today had a lovely sunflower mask on & the fit was perfect .Asked her where the pattern came from,She said she stole it from her twin sister.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 03 Aug 2020

I went on Youtube and found that sewing them rather then using a embroidery machine pattern was much faster. I picked one that had a casing on the sides where you could weave the elastic through again should it brake.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

thank you

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by mrskiki 03 Aug 2020

Suggestion for hubby: make elastics an inch longer and then make a piece 1inch by 7inches and add snaps to each end. This piece goes around the back of your head and keeps elastic away from ears. My husband loves it. Here also is the pattern I use the most and find most people like the best. Hugs.

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asterixsew by asterixsew 03 Aug 2020

This link isnt working

killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

Thank you.Like the idea about using press studs

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by toogie edited 03 Aug 2020

I think the ones that fit us best were from craftpassion.com but I had to run the elastic around the back of the head for comfort.

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

Going to do some this afternoon & that is what I was thinking using a wider elastic .I haven't seen this link before.thank you

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by sewmadau 03 Aug 2020

Embroidery Library, Echidna, and Smart needle have or did have free ones. I have not made any of the above but a friend made several from Smart Needle and said they were easy to stitch out and she adjusted them to take ties instead of elastic. Hope that helps

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killiecrankie by killiecrankie 04 Aug 2020

Thank you.I have some of Smart needles freebies.

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