Make Your Own Facemask

Make Your Own Face Mask - Free Pattern

So here we are, Spring 2020 – The UK on lockdown.
Who’d have thought, as we celebrated New Years Eve, that just a few months on, we’d be immersed in this weird and worrying situation. Only venturing out into the big blue Covid19 yonder for essentials, exercise and work to minimise the spread of a highly infectious, potentially deadly virus so that our front-line heroes are able to deal with a Global Pandemic like nothing we’ve ever known.
We’re doing our bit to stop ourselves becoming sick or unwittingly spreading the virus – social distancing, hand washing, cleaning, sanitising like never before. 
Some people are wearing face masks. 
In parts of America and Europe, politicians and scienticts are encouraging citizens to wear face masks in public as an act of social responsibility. There is now discussion here in the UK on whether we should be wearing them too.

Can A Face Mask Protect Us From Covid 19?

Whilst nothing can be totally effective, this article from New Scientist  states that, overall, the evidence suggests there may be a small benefit to wearing some kind of face covering. 
But this pandemic has stretched resources,  Personal protective equipment is in short supply and what ever surgical equipment there is should be reserved for our front line workers. One way round this problem is to make your own.

So What Makes A Good Face Mask?

 According to the CDC a good face mask should:-
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shapYou can read more about it in their advice HERE
There are lots of patterns out there already – some good, some basic and there are some great tutorials. Not all of them meet the above criteria, and as pattern-making is a particular area of my expertise, I wanted to do my own to make sure that it met the required standard. 
Free Face Mask Pattern

What's The Best Fabric To Use?

Choosing the right material determines your best chances of blocking viruses. A good homemade mask uses a material that has a high thread count and is dense enough to capture viral particles but breathable and comfortable enough that you can tolerate it.
In 2006, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh shared with the CDC guidelines for making an effective face mask if surgical masks and N95 masks were unavailable during a viral outbreak. They found that good quality T shirt fabric is best. You can read it HERE . It makes a lot of sense, as the weave (or knit to be precise) of cloth is denser and of a more intricate construction.
I’m a bit  of a perfectionist (and a bit busy too –  shopping for those in my community who are isolated, trying to work and to homeschool my 11 yr old, aside from the epic task of drafting, editing and publishing). It took me a while to arrive at something I was happy with. I ended up with a couple of patterns that worked well –  that we’re snug fitting with a pocket for a filter. I chose to use one that is easy to make, and comfortable.
Free Face Mask Pattern
…. and in the current circumstances it would be rude not to share, don’t you think.
You can download and print it on 3 A4 sheets and join it together (It’s simple – there are registration marks to help with this).
You don’t need to be “Sewing Bee’ standard to make it – basic sewing skills will do. All you need is an old T shirt (it will work with woven cotton too), a sewing machine and thread. You could even hand sew it, if that’s your thing. It’s a good practice project for a beginner and it doesn’t need to be perfect.
It incorporates a space with an opening in the lining for a filter. This can be made from a piece of unused hoover bag or even a coffee filter and can be replaced and disposed of or washed. A wire can also be sewn in for a close fit over the bridge of the nose.
It’s currently a free pattern but if you can and want to show your appreciation, perhaps you could make a small donation to the NHS via my Just Giving page.
PS. Non-sewers, how could I forget about you guys. My non-sew version is coming next. Watch this space.

Merry Christmas

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Illustration by Thredhed ©thredhed2016

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas ThredhedX

Still Remembering? Make A Poppy Pompom

Make A Remembrance Pompom Poppy

 Halloween’s over, trick or treat’s done, costumes are back in the dressing up box and the shops are filling up with all things ‘Christmas’. Fireworks last weekend – great fun, and let’s not mention what’s going on over in the USA. SO MUCH happening at the moment.

Here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. And why not?

It’s no bad thing. We live in  a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – educate them, whatever way we can.

There are some great brooches, wristbands, earrings bracelets, necklaces  – for all ages over at the British Legion Shop. All good value. Check them out HERE

As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.

A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

 

 

 It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride, and don’t forget

 

 

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

pompom-poppy

You can make it too. It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

pompom-fireplace

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.

 

In the midst of all the this, here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. There’s a stirring. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. Remembrance poppies are now appearing in all materials – and why not?

. .You know what?… it’s no bad thing. We live in  a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – let’s make them aware, whatever way we can, I say.

There are some great brooches, wristbands, earrings bracelets, necklaces  – for all ages over at the British Legion Shop. All good value. Check them out HERE

As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.

A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.

remembrance-poppy

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

pompom-poppy

You can make it too. It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

pompom-fireplace

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.

 


Here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. And why not?

It’s no bad thing. We live in  a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – let’s make them aware, whatever way we can.

There are some great brooches, wristbands, earrings bracelets, necklaces  – for all ages over at the British Legion Shop. All good value. Check them out HERE

As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.

A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.

remembrance-poppy

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

pompom-poppy

You can make it too. It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

pompom-fireplace

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.

In the midst of all the this, here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. There’s a stirring. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. Remembrance poppies are now appearing in all materials – and why not?

. .You know what?… it’s no bad thing. We live in  a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – let’s make them aware, whatever way we can, I say.

There are some great brooches, wristbands, earrings bracelets, necklaces  – for all ages over at the British Legion Shop. All good value. Check them out HERE

As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.

A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.

remembrance-poppy

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

pompom-poppy

You can make it too. It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

pompom-fireplace

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.

 

Poppy Pompom

In the midst of all the this, here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. There’s a stirring. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. Remembrance poppies are now appearing in all materials – and why not?

. .You know what?… it’s no bad thing. We live in  a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – let’s make them aware, whatever way we can, I say.

There are some great brooches, wristbands, earrings bracelets, necklaces  – for all ages over at the British Legion Shop. All good value. Check them out HERE

As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.

A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.

remembrance-poppy

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

pompom-poppy

You can make it too. It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

pompom-fireplace

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.

 

Poppy Pompom

In the midst of all the this, here in the UK, one-by one, people are beginning to wear a Poppy… on their lapel, bag, zip-pull… wherever. Remembrance day is here again, and have you noticed? Something interesting is happening. There’s a stirring. That old paper Poppy that you pick up from the nice chap at the tube station; whilst they’re perfect for some – for others they’re just not enough. They want something a little MORE – more fancy, more durable, more flamboyant, perhaps even bit glitzy. More….let’s just say… noticeable. Remembrance poppies are now appearing in all materials – and why not?

. .You know what?… it’s no bad thing. We live in  a materialistic world, and I can’t pretend that I’m pleased about that, but let’s face it, it looks like it’s not going to change any time soon. If there’a way of tapping into this to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal, I’m all for it. The kids are wearing them too, in one form or another. They’re bright, they shine – their mates have got ’em. Catch them young – let’s make them aware, whatever way we can, I say.

There are some great brooches, wristbands, earrings bracelets, necklaces  – for all ages over at the British Legion Shop. All good value. Check them out HERE

As well as this, people are making them, and selling them, or the patterns – to go towards the appeal. Knit, Crochet, Felt, Paper – there are so many great ones out there.

A couple of years ago I published THIS crochet pattern.

remembrance-poppy

That year I made a  big blousy one in DK wool yarn, and last year I made a much finer Poppy in cotton using the same pattern.

This year I fancied a bit of a change. I’m channelling my current obsession with pompoms. Yes – you can actually make a Pompom Poppy, and you don’t even need to be able to to knit, crochet, sew or fold in a straight line.

pompom-poppy

You can make it too. It’s a good way of using up those odd few balls of yarn lying around and a great project to do with the kids. HERE’s how you do it. You might not want to stop – this stuff is addictive.

pompom-fireplace

With the addition of a felt leaf I think they look great – and very different. Wear it, and watch people go “Oooooh”!

If you are going to make your own, or if last years is so fabulous that you want to wear it again (don’t just chuck it away for the sake of it), please make sure you donate to the Poppy appeal. After all, that’s the whole point.

Oh…. and just one more thing… FIFA, can I have a word?

You couldn’t be more wrong on this one guys. Not only would I love to know what is wrong with paying tribute to those who fought and died for our freedom , but seriously, since when did you give a damn about doing the ‘right’ thing?

Rant over. Wear those Poppies with pride folks, and don’t forget.

 

Make Pompom Roses For Mothers Day

I’m not going to say anything about Mothers Day this year.


I think that Laura, 

                                                                                                           HERE

 at the blog 

Mothering Spirit

 does a far better job than I could.

 


 pompom rose,


 

Instead, i’m making Pompom Roses.


pompom rose, make a rose pompom

 

woolcraft,yarn craft, stash busting

 

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Want to have a go?

 

…..or perhaps just put your feet up.

Happy Mothers Day..

Fun With Pompoms.

I love pompoms.
Did I ever tell you how much I loved pompoms? No?
 

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The great thing about pompoms is they couldn’t be more simple. You can make them easily. You don’t need to be able to knit, crochet, or even sew – just wind some yarn around a piece of specifically shaped plastic or card, tie and cut.  Craft for all.
There are various ways ways of making pompoms in all sizes (see below).
So I found myself with a pile of them. I’d had an afternoon of creative ‘holiday project’ fun with my daughter, and was wondering what to do with them. 
 

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They’re perfect for brightening up any space – particularly a little one’s bedroom.
 

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Strung up and hung across the mantelpiece around the fire or against the wall?  I’ve done that before and it’s a great simple effect. (Take care, if the child is very small that they are nicely out of reach.)
 

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Then there was the new pair of curtains I’d recently made, I’d been wondering for a while if they just needed that something extra.
 

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Yep, I think they did.
 

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Such a cheap and easy way to inject some extra colour and texture. Pretty cool I reckon .
And if you’re like me and have a good few odd balls of yarn in your stash – it’s stash-busting heaven…. and pretty addictive.
 

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I even made a Christmas garland with the extras. The colours were perfect.
Go on –  make some pompoms – You’d be surprised at what you can do with them.
Stuff you can do with Pompoms