|Fabric Face Masks: My First Two Attempts
On Friday, I tried my hand at making fabric face masks. We have been asked to cover our faces (or, at least, our nose and mouth) whenever we go out, even if it is with a folded up bandana. These face coverings will NOT keep out any Covid-19 viruses, however, they will keep our own saliva and mucus droplets from being projected out and we are going by the idea of something being better than nothing. There are several tutorials online; I made these after watching a couple of them, using two pieces of cotton fabric, that are 6 inches by 9 inches, sewn together (top) or using a single 6 inch by 18 inch piece of fabric, folded (bottom). I initially used two 7 inches long pieces of elastic, which turned out to be too loose for me. Then, I cut them down to 5 inches and that was a bit too tight. Eventually, 6 inches turned out to be just right for me. Rather than waste elastic (I only have a remnant piece of the 1/4 inch wide elastic), I pieced and patched the ones that I cut for the navy blue mask. These are my prototypes, I guess, and I will use them for when I do gardening, etc., due to allergies and asthma, as I am trying not to go out in public.
However, this morning, friend S (who works at the grocery store) called me to ask me a question about her sewing machine (sounded like her tension was set too tightly) and I found out that she was trying to sew some masks. So, I told her that I will sew her some masks. Friend R has requested some for herself, too. I'll make as many as I can for the amount of elastic I have. Once I run out of the 1/4 inch elastic, I shall try cutting a wider elastic in strips to see if that will work.
In other news, M came to tend to the garden, yesterday, and he brought me a container of raspberries he had bought earlier in the day. I gave him $5 and asked him to buy me some bananas the next time he went to the grocery store. At first he refused to take the money, but, I insisted. He said he will bring me the bananas in the morning.
Later in the evening, however, there was a knock at my front door and I thought it might be M with the bananas! Instead, it was cousin P with a bunch of bananas for me! Apparently, I had mentioned to her, during one of our phone calls, that I was out of bananas and she remembered that when she and her daughter went grocery shopping, yesterday! So, she bought me a bunch of bananas! I have been telling her she shouldn't grocery shop, but, nevertheless, I was very grateful that she brought me bananas! Of course, I immediately texted M and told him not to bring me any bananas because I have been given some by my cousin. He offered to bring the $5 back in the morning, but, I told him to keep it, that I might ask him to buy me something else next week. Maybe more bananas, later on! I am supposed to eat bananas regularly due to a need for more potassium.
On Friday, I was grateful for:
- Cousin P blessing me with bananas
- M blessing me with raspberries
- Being able to walk around the garden and do some weeding
- My fabric stash and online tutorials
- Being able to sew
Plans for today (Saturday) includes sewing a few more masks!
How was your Friday? What are your plans for Saturday? Have you sewn any fabric masks?