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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.

A Letter from the Tooth Fairy

It's Finally Happened......

It’s finally happened… we’ve been waiting aaaages. At last, after weeks of wobbling, it’s come out –  the first tooth.

Already six and one of the oldest in the class, yet one of the last to start losing her baby teeth. It’s made me feel a little sad – she’s growing up – far too quickly if you ask me. But just look at that that little happy, gappy smile.  

So Here I Am - With A Tooth.......

I had to ask around for the going Tooth Fairy rate (thanks mums), and it got me thinking of how it was when I was a kid. The idea of a fairy taking away my old tooth ….for money, was magic on so many levels. So thought I’d do a little embellishing..the sort of thing I would’ve loved. A letter from the Tooth Fairy…a 21st century tooth fairy of course. A modern day, urban tooth fairy who likes a bit of skateboarding as much as she likes her glitter. A fairy who’s not really that much into pink and isn’t afraid to get a bit messy sometimes … and I thought it’d be nice to share with anyone else who lost a tooth this weekend. 

Tooth Fairy Letter Printable......

 I’ve drawn up and made a little printable – a letter from the Tooth Fairy… complete with envelope. I’ve included pdfs which can be the saved as a an image file and placed it into a program of your choice (e.g. Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, or an online photo editing site). Write your message, print and cut it out, fold and stick where necessary. I’ve provided full instructions on how to add text, plus an example of what the tooth fairy might write – optional of course. You can print it using one of the many quirky, fairy-style fonts out there, or even handwrite it for that lovely personal touch. Blond, brunette – you get to choose. Plus you get to use it again and again – just change the message each time. Easy peasy. 

Print Any Size

You can even make it ‘Fairy size
Let’s make the most of the magic, eh…. while it’s still around…..it doesn’t last long.  
Get your customisable Tooth Fairy Letter HERE

A Letter to Santa

Christmas seems to be so much more fun with children around. They’re coming home from school with cotton wool snowmen and cut out snowflakes. They’re practising their Christmas songs and learning lines for the nativity. Their latest favourite read is the Argos catalogue (why oh why did I pick one of those up?) and every trip to the shopping centre needs a plan for avoiding the Disney shop. Those little ones are getting excited.

I’m very conscious and a little sad that those years of magic are very fleeting so I’m determined to make the best of them. Perhaps in a way, I’m  wanting to relive the the magic I remember from my own childhood. Of course I also learnt the true meaning of christmas and our kids will too, but in the meantime there’s no reason why it can’t be fun.

I thought it would be nice to make a printable. A letter to Santa… in its own special envelope.  Nothing pre-written, chances are they can write their own now – at least with some help from mum or dad. I’ve provided some lines, but hopefully that’s all the help they need…

Just watch them fill up that space in no time.

 

I wanted to share this as a printable download – in case you might like to do it too.
If you follow the link at the end you can download the 2 page PDF. You may reduce or enlarge as required by changing the details in the ‘scale box in the print menu.
Print and cut out on A4 (portrait setting).  Fold the envelope (it’s easy to see where) and stick down. 
It will need to be sealed with glue – my daughter was a little disappointed when she licked the top and it wouldn’t stick, bless her – never mind….  no big deal. 

We (with an adult of course) put ours on the open fire, and sent it up the chimney… or you could do 

THIS

 

If you do decide to send it in the post, don’t forget to include a stamped addressed envelope if you want a reply.

 

Get The free printable download by clicking 

HERE

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