This isn’t a normal blog post for me, but I figured it might be helpful to someone out there. Now that America is beginning to slowly reopen, it seems obvious that face masks are going to be either recommended or required, depending on your state and governor. If you are like me, you have wandered through the craft aisles at Walmart, looking for fabric and elastic, only to find that there is none left. I asked my sister what she was using for elastic and she said she had taken the elastic out of a fitted sheet. Perfect! Fabric and elastic in one purchase! I went to Walmart and searched the sheet aisle for a fitted sheet that had thin enough elastic to work for a mask. There was only one style that seemed like it would work. I will post a picture of it below. A standard twin fitted sheet will have enough fabric for 34 masks and enough elastic for five. To top it off, this sheet only costs $5!
I tried two different patterns/tutorials, and the one I am sharing was definitely easier and resulted in a better finished product. The thing I don’t love, is that it is a video tutorial, which drives me crazy. You can play and pause, and play and pause, as you go, but then somebody calls or texts and you lose your place in the video and have to try to find it again. So, for those of you like me, who prefer to scroll as you go, I will give instructions and pictures as I go through each step. If you prefer the video or need to see something in action, I will add the link to the video at the bottom.
My mom and sister were helping make masks for hospitals in Washington, but Erich’s hospital here wasn’t using homemade ones for anything. When a friend posted a need for some facilities here in Virginia, we decided to hop on it. My kids were super excited to be helping nurses and each one of them have helped in one way or another. Asia and Jake have been especially helpful and, as bored as we have been, it forced us to look beyond ourselves and actually put the kids in better moods. It has been a great outlet for our family and I hope someone else out there will see this and be less intimidated by the task. You can do it! Using this tutorial and this sheet idea, you should have everything you need to make five masks for your family, coworkers, neighbors or friends, for only $5. If you can get your hands on elastic from somewhere else, you will have plenty of extra fabric from the sheet to make even more. I am going to try to make this simple enough for beginners, but like I said, I’ve never done a blog like this before, so bear with me!
If any of my instructions were lacking or confusing, please tell me so I can fix it, explaining each step was harder than I thought. =)
Here is the link to the video tutorial and the brand of sheets from Walmart that had nice thin elastic: