assembly line

Finally my bulk craft supply buying is proving useful, although I’m running out of non-woven interfacing and the flat elastic is gone. I’m adjusting, and ended up sewing a simple casing on each end, then I can use round elastic (from my midori planner making days) for the ear loops, a casing would also leave the option to thread in twill/bias tape for ties.

Lots of mask making & mask wearing feedback, each one now is a slight improvement on the last, I’ve learned that adding a little extra elastic length is helpful, so the recipient can adjust the ear loops larger or smaller to fit. I’ve learned I don’t need to have the interfacing go all the way to the side edges, which saves materials and reduces the pleat bulk when sewing. I’ve made a few no interfacing versions (I tried this because like elastic, interfacing is really scarce and most masks I’m seeing are just 2 layers of quilting cotton) and I will say the lighter weight is more comfortable to wear as the weather warms.

I’ve also learned that no matter how many times you wash them, some fabrics are just going to be jerks.

As I keep reaching for mask perfection (I don’t even know why that is turning in to a real thing for me?) I keep streamlining the steps, I’ve extended both the length and width for better coverage and eliminated the need for the sewn on casing by using some of that extra width to create a fold over edge casing that’s built right in. But, even my bulk craft supply buying has its usage limits and to save the elastic for making masks used by people who need quick on/off or have dexterity issues, I decided to make myself a fancy tie mask, granted I looped it around my ears because how ADORABLE anime babydoll fairytale princess is this mask (!) and because I was obsessed with flowing hair ribbons as a kid (I already scared myself though when a tie tickled my neck, thinking there was a bug crawling on me). Masks will be around for some time, so I’m going to make mine as super frickin cute and comfortable as I can!

( My post about mask patterns can be found here, if you’d like to have a go at sewing your own :)

Today is April 3rd

Today’s mood: A baby bran muffin and a heap of whipped cream πŸ’•

Easy Bran Muffins

  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups bran flakes cereal (crushed)
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/3 cup raisins (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt and cereal in large bowl. Beat egg & milk together in a smaller bowl, once blended, add to flour mixture, stir just until moistened (batter will be lumpy) stir in raisins if desired. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tins, filling each cup 2/3 full.
  2. Bake at 400Β°F for 20 to 25 minutes.

We’ve added cinnamon in the past, subbed raisin bran for the cereal and used whatever milk we had on hand (usually almond).

Filling my sometimes sour lemon mood with pink thread carnations πŸ’•

Keeping my mind occupied with meticulous intricacies.

Taking a moment to just breathe πŸ’•

The bathroom clock stopped working sometime in the night, so I put my studio clock in there, just until clocks are an important enough thing to go out and buy again. Time is irrelevant to 2/3rds of our household now, but clocks in every room are old habits. On the upside, the studio feels quaint & charming using an old timey wind up πŸ’•

I hadn’t planned on making masks, but the thought of people not having what they need or possibly being an unintentional asymptomatic covid-19 super spreader is scary and shit is getting real right now.

Sometimes feeling small and useless, so taking my useful skills and making cute masks for strangers and people I love πŸ’•

There are so many resources out there, these are just a few I found really simple and helpful. If you want to donate your efforts to healthcare workers, patients, care centers, shelters and correctional facilities be sure to check locally with what your state requires/needs. πŸ’•

..A Few Mask Patterns..

JoAnn Fabrics – A start to finish YouTube video, uses interfacing and makes a very sturdy mask. (The blue one pictured above uses this pattern)

Approved cotton masks for healthcare facilities from Allina Health & Blue Cross MN.

Simple traditional tie around the head mask from The New York Times.

Tailored mask (intermediate sewing) from State The Label (one size) is a simplified version if this one from Craft Passion (multiple sizes & formats) both of these have a center sewn seam which would perforate the weave and create needle/pin holes from sewing in the fabric, which might make it less effective than the solid sheet pleated fabric versions above.

We are ending our first week of the governor’s Stay Home order and I know I don’t need to tell you life is surreal, we are all living it, take care friends. πŸ’•