Welcome back, crafty friends! It’s Worktable Wednesday, so today I thought I’d share a few behind-the-scenes of what I’ve been working on over these past few days. As many of you know, I’ve been trying to teach myself some new sewing skills recently. And with deadlines looming for both of my kids to head back to school soon, I decided I could put this off no longer. So it’s been mask-making headquarters at my house this week.
Pete is due to be back in Richmond on August 1st to start a two-week hospital rotation for his third year in pharmacy school. And of course that means the boy is in need of some face masks. I started by making him a handful of solid black masks, but then decided to get a little more daring with some of these fabulous Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements prints. I do love these fabrics so much, and think they work well for masculine designs.
My friend shared a really handy little tool set with me for making your own bias tape, and I am hooked. I used it to make the ties on these masks, and they really look great. I’ve made some with coordinating fabric, and some with contrasting… and it adds a fun element to the design.
This is the first mask pattern that I’ve attempted, and I like it very much. It’s got a filter pocket and a nose guard for adding a piece of wire, and the strings are adjustable for a close fit. There are patterns for both men and women/teenagers, with and without the pockets. You can find the free patterns at Craft Passion here, if you’d like to give them a try.
How about you all? Have you attempted any mask making yet? Any patterns you would recommend?
The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:
Coats and Clark Eclectic Elements Fabrics: Diamonds, Rulers