Face Mask Production
Across the country -- and I suspect across the world -- quilters have been stepping up to the challenge of supplying face masks to hospitals, clinics, care facilities and essential workers who need to stay safe during this pandemic.
There are a lot of videos on how to sew these masks. I decided that the simple ones to sew made the most sense as more people can participate and they take much less time per mask to produce.
For my first set of masks, I followed the video tutorial provided Deaconess Hospital. My one modification was using two different fabrics for the front and back of the masks. I used a batik for the front as I had read that a tighter weave cotton is better than a loose weave. For the backs I used flannel. It is important that users not get confused and flip the direction of the masks as that puts them at a greater risk.
What to Do without Elastic
I am now down to my last yard of elastic and elastic is hard to come by. It seems we are all working on masks and have been exhausting the supply of this resource.
I read that you can replace the elastic with four ties. The ties will be cut 1-1/2" x 18" and double folded. Here is a video showing how to sew the ties.
For my next set of masks, I plan to follow the instructions in this video for sewing the ties and will replace the elastic as shown in the first video with these ties.
However, I think I will stick with using just two layers for my masks as that was what was requested by my local hospital.
Create a Cutting Chart to be Efficient in Fabric Usage
Since I want to be efficient in the use of my fabric and I have a very large collection of Fat Quarters -- I wanted to figure out how to make the best use out of each fat quarter. For any non-quilters -- a fat quarter is a piece of fabric that is approximate 18" x 20".
Using Electric Quilt, I create cutting charts for two fat quarters. Each set of two fat quarters will produce three masks with very little waste.
In my video tutorial, I will share how you can use EQ8 to create your own cutting charts -- either for yourself or to share with someone else working on masks.
You are welcome to use my cutting charts.
With two one yard cuts of fabric, you can cut out enough ties and mask panels for 12 face masks.
How many masks are you hoping to complete?
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