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Double, Double, No Toil, No Trouble Face Masks - Part 1

This month is traditionally the time for wearing masks, but who would have thought that we would be wearing them everyday almost all year long! Since we have to wear them, necessity has been the motherhood of invention. It is pretty easy to find a mask variation that will fit you and your preferences. There are so many options now: make it on an embroidery machine or sewing machine, ties or elastic, baffled or pleated, contoured or flat, as well as lined or double sided. Lots of choices! I also figure I might as well have a bit of fun and reflect my personality in the masks I wear.

I came across this non-slip template from Creative Grids and couldn't wait to give it a try!

It's double-sided so it's reversible! It has three sizes to fit almost everyone and it even has an option for a pleat to remove the side gap for a better fit.

Because it's reversible, you can add yet another layer of poly mesh between the layers for added protection, or if you prefer a mask that is a bit more lightweight- perhaps choose a muslin for one layer and a novelty fabric for the second layer.

Make it anyway you want it as you have many options.

Here are several of the notions I used in the making of this mask: 28mm rotary cutter, no-melt button head pins, mini wonder clips, pinking sheers, scissors (or snips), seam ripper (nobody is perfect), turner/pointer, and a small ruler.

As you can see, this is a wonderful stash buster too, as you don't

need much fabric to make them.

I found that the 28mm rotary cutter made cutting around the curves of the template a breeze!

Rotary cutters are wonderful and thankfully they come in different sizes: 60mm, 45mm, 28mm, and 18mm. Although the 45mm is my go-to, it's too big for this project, so it's great to have other sizes in my sewing toolbox.

Here are the pieces you will need to complete this face mask. The template even includes an elastic guide for each size. I made my first one in the medium size and cut the elastic at 6 1/2" as a trial run for fitting purposes. It gave me a starting point and took out the guess work.

In part 2, I will go through the assembly process and show a few more notions and accessories that

took the toil and trouble out of making this double-sided mask.

Smiles, Sandra of Inspired Remnants LLC InspiredRemnants@gmail.com

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