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After finding some online information about sewing my own protective masks, I bought some US flag themed bandanas online and a spool of black elastic. It took me far longer to make then I had originally expected, but I'm happy with the results. Especially after I realized that the video I found was not in english, and used metric measurements, not SAE. So I made notes with drawings based on what I saw in the video (with the sound muted) and then converted the measurements.

The center part expands like an accordion, and is big enough to cover from the bridge of my nose to under my chin. It also has a "pocket" where you add additional filter material, if needed.

It is _not_ a medical mask, but it will work fine as a dust mask when I'm working in my yard (allergies, you know). And it's washable. I started looking online for masks after the local stores ran out of stock of the 3M paper masks I'd been using, and the online prices for them went way beyond ridiculous.

I've got five more bandanas and a spool of black elastic, so I'll probably make a few more.

For those of you who wonder how a male racoon came to own a sewing machine, I inherited it from my mother when the electrical cord to the pedal frayed to the point it stopped working. Rather than have it repaired, she bought a new sewing machine. I repaired the cord, and have been using it ever since. It's a Singer model 301A, which a few Google searches suggests they stopped selling the year before I was born. So it's _really_ old. :D
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Ms_Maddy

Lots of men knit. I can service a chainsaw but I can’t crochet. Brain does not compute.

Ms_Maddy

Cute!

Great handiwork! The bottom one reminds me a bit of that old TV station's commercial: 'NBC(?) - where the stars come out at night'... ;-)
Thanks for showing!

racoonstar

Thanks all. :D

Janie_Janie

Well done!
I´m proud of you!

Isaly

You did a great job.

Nifty

Fishes

Those are great!

racoonstar

I've made a couple of "tubes" and attached them at each side of the mask. Now I'm working on attaching loops of the elastic cord.

jals

I thought it was much easier, Bob, plus it hugs your face, no gapping. You are welcome!

racoonstar

The round one does seem pretty easy. Thanks for the link!

jals

I've made 2 different masks. One was pleated I think like the one you did racoonstar. The other was round and I think fit my face much better. The pleated one I made for a friend who needed one asap for a doctor's visit, the round one, I made 2 of, 1 for hubby, and 1 for me.

This is the round one and I thought it was a little simpler to make than the pleated.
https://youtu.be/7IcPBlQBsmk

nanab

Perfect. That clip was exactly what I was trying to explain, good find!
Why didn't I think of that? Oh, I know - I'm not racoonstar. : ) The master of the clips.

racoonstar

I might do that for the new masks I make, but for this one I used this method:

https://youtu.be/cay0G_6KtSI

Skip to 1:35 to see how the elastic is attached, although I'm using an elastic beading cord, not a flat elastic. If it were flat then it would be easy to attach. But since I'm using the beading cord you can't sew it directly to the materical.

I did find another method that used elastic hair tie loops, and created a casing on each end around the loops. I should be able to build something like that into the new masks.

nanab

Take a look at this video, it shows how to put the elastic into a 'casing', I called it a seam, and how to use the pin to guide it. They are using a sewing machine but it can easily be done by hand.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEbAwyrF1NM&feature=emb_logo

racoonstar

Yes, that makes sense.

But for this mask the elastic is two pieces, one attached to the top and bottom of each side.

nanab

I have a suggestion. When I sew anything that requires elastic I usually sew a 1/4 Inch seam leaving both ends open, then I slip the elastic through and secure with stiches to seal the openings. To slide the elastic through easily I use a safety pin and pin it to one end of the elastic, it's easy to guide the pin through the fabric with a scrunching movement of the fabric. Does that make sense?

racoonstar

Well, the mask was a total failure. Some of the stitches holding the elastic loops to the mask material were through the elastic, which weakened the elastic, and one loop broke when I tried to put the mask on.

So I mowed the front yard using a mask I had purchased before.

I need to do the back yard today, then this evening I'll work on a fix for the problem.

Ms_Maddy

If my ride on mower works on Tuesday, got a few acres to slash.

racoonstar

Thanks everyone. I need to edge and mow tomorrow, so I may use this.

Ms_Maddy

Nice work.

Janie_Janie

This is great!
Well done!

Dilubreuer

Nice one racoonstar!

jals

Way to go racoonstar!
I made one for a friend the other day that looks very similar to yours. They take longer because they're fiddly little things and a lot of steps.
I tried a round pattern today which was easier but I don't think covers as much. It does fit pretty good to your face though!
And what a nice machine you got from your mom. A sewing machine is kind of essential, I think. Even if you're male.

Good for you. I used to do stained glass for over twenty years but I had to give it up. I don’t sew or knit but I do draw and I do cross stitching. Isaly you are right. Men are excellent knitters. Unfortunately, people at work were laughing at them. I didn’t

racoonstar

You're welcome. :D

Juba1010

I saw a video of Mathew McConaughey online making a folded mask out of a bandana. He put a coffee filter inside for the filter material. This is very crafty of you racoon. TFS :-)

racoonstar

I'm not into crocheting or knitting, but I do enjoy counted cross stitch. :D

Isaly

Some men crochet and knit too!

nanab

Well done racoonstar, I think you did a great job! That's safe for wearing to the store.
As for your comment about a male owning a sewing machine, a lot of men sew, and some quite successfully too. : )

racoonstar

Thanks. As I was searching online for bandanas the flag ones came up in the results, and they are so much more interesting than regular red or blue bandanas. :D

Isaly

You did an amazing job. Kudos!! Love your choice of material you used......Cyndi

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