Saturday, June 20, 2020

Confident Stitch Face Mask

I am a proud to be an affiliate for Confident Stitch of Missoula, Missouri. For the month of June, they will be donating 15% of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. They sent me some fabrics that had been on my wish list for a bit. This seafaring print is Siren Song in Twilight from Art Gallery Fabrics. Accompanying this treasure is the OLFA 28mm Quick Change Rotary Cutter, a Sunflower Quilts Thread Cutter, and Organic Embroidery by Meredith Woolnough for Schiffer Publishing.

I also snatched up some Pop fabric by Rashida Coleman Hale for Ruby Star Society in Cream Soda and Art Gallery Lightwave in Ignite from Katarina Roccella's GRID collection. It's chilling with a little trinket I found at Dollar Tree, my Fairy Floss Pink Olfa Splash, and Aurifil thread.

So I made the thing that everyone is making. I don't really enjoy it, but beautiful fabric helps. I used Dana of Made Everyday's pattern and modified it by adding some binding to the sides. I cut the height of the binding 1" longer than the sides of the mask after pleating by 2 1/2", then turned the top and bottom under with a Clover Hot Ruler. I folded it in half the long way with wrong sides together, and then opened it and folded each raw edge into the pressed center line. Instead of ever-elusive elastic, I chopped up some leggings my daughter wore while acrylic painting. I pulled both sides through a pony bead and tied each end to make adjustments possible. I laid the elastic in place and then sewed the binding on which was a bit precarious. I could have used more pins or less haste, or both. Or I could have threaded the knit through the binding, but that thought seemed like risky business too. I'd at least want a bodkin or trusty safety pin.

I commend you mask-makers. Stay safe everyone!

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