I had a few requests for shots of the face mask in action! Here you go 🙂
I have to say, while I have face masks with elastic and with ties, I definitely prefer the ties! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the feel of the elastic rubbing against my ears. While sewing the ties is not my favorite thing to do, I do appreciate the comfort it brings verses the elastic. The tie in the back also allows me to adjust the fit to a snugness that works for me. I also find it much more comfortable without interfacing.
I made my ear ties, 0.5 inch longer than the elastic suggestion in the pattern, but you can adjust to your preference.
I was worried originally that the mask might slide a lot with just the single tie, but I haven’t found it a problem. I have even worn it out for walks on windy days with no issues! And when you’re not using the mask for a moment, it hangs easily around your neck.
Here is my face mask pattern!
Face Mask Family Sizes by learncreatesew
I also use my little case for my mask absolutely all the time! First, I loved the cat print shown above. Second, I have one attached to my purse, so I literally don’t leave home without it.
I highly recommend the little case for convenience. Here is the free pattern.
Face Mask Key Chain Pouch Web Pattern by Learncreatesew
Here is the face mask tutorial!
…and the case overview. Visit my Youtube Channel or the keychain page under free patterns and service projects if you need more details.
17 thoughts on “One-Tie Face Mask & Case in Action”
I like your method, very much. 2 suggestions: 1. make sure the pleats face down to the chin, 2. leave the opening and move it up to the center – and that can be reenforced to become where a ‘filter’ (like a paper towel) can be placed/removed after each wearing. That opening could then be hidden by the pleat on the face side. the rest would be the same as what you show! perfect.
I would like to see how the back looks with the interesting ties …
Thank you VERY much!!!
Thank you very much for your feedback! I appreciate the suggestions 🙂
This is so wonderful!!! I am in love with your sewing machine as well. May I ask what kind it is??
Thank you! Oh my goodness, I love my sewing machine as well! I have used several different machines including a Bernina, but this is by far my favorite. It is a Brother PQ1500SL. It is a straight stitch machine, so it doesn’t offer other stitches, but I find I rarely need anything else.
What is the helpful purple tool you are using as you sew?
Thanks for your question! It is actually called “That Purple Thang”. Generic brands sometimes simply refer to it as a sewing tool. It’s usually available on Amazon. I love it. We started using it in my sewing class to prevent sewn fingers, and it has been great. Now I feel like I am missing something when I don’t have one sitting next to my sewing machine.
You can also get the “Purple Thang” at the creators website http://littlefoot.net/product/that-purple-thang/ with free shipping. Actually Sarah’s Mom invented it.
The pleats should always face downward so as to provide no pocket to catch airborne particles. Thank you.
Your tutorials and designs are wonderful. Please – what are the dimensions for the little case. My printer doesn’t print the pattern true to scale.
Thank you! I am glad you are enjoying the tutorials!
The final measurements of the case are approximately 3.5 x 3.5 inches.
The basic case is made with a rectangle that is 9 x 4.25 inches.
The lined case is made with two rectangles that are each 9 x 5 inches.
The long loop for snaps or velcro is cut 1 x 3.5 inches, and the short key chain loop is cut 1 x 2 inches.
Hope this helps!
Your videos are great.
Could you please give the measurements of the masks and the ties?
I cannot get anything to print.
Thank you! I’d be happy to!
Child Size – 5.5 x 7 inch rectangles, 5.5 inch elastic, or 6 inch ear strap ties
PreTeen Size – 6 x 8 inch rectangles, 6 inch elastic, or 6.5 – 7 inch ear strap ties
Teen Adult Size – 6.5 x 9 inch rectangles, 7 inch elastic, or 7.5 inch ear strap ties.
It looks like the iron you are using in the video is cordless. Do you like it? What brand is it? I need to replace mine and I’ve been thinking about a cordless one.
Thank you for your question! Yes, it is a Panasonic cordless iron. It actually took me a while to get used to this iron. I really love the cordless feature! It is super nice not to have the cord in the way when sewing. The iron also gets really hot, which I find helpful. That said, the iron has some limitations that I didn’t expect when I bought it. First, since it has to charge, the iron doesn’t stay hot for very long when it is not on the charger. This isn’t a problem for most of my pressing when sewing, but occasionally I notice. When I am ironing large cuts of fabric or when I have to apply a lot of fusible interfacing I often have to stop to let my iron heat up. Also, the base slides around a bit, which isn’t a huge problem, but I wish it wouldn’t. That said, it’s been a good iron. I have liked it and I would probably purchase it again if this one died. But it isn’t as perfect as I had hoped when I bought it. I hope this helps!
Love your tie back pattern mask and the pouch. I’ve made several and the people that I’ve given them to like them, especially the ideal of the pouch. I like the single cut one…I cut it a little bigger but your idea is still there. The children don’t have such a hard time trying to get the mask in the pouch. They want more so they can have one to wear and one as a spare on their purse to always have in case they leave the house or car without one. It’s very handy. I also have made the little pouch for the gift cards or little items that you want to put in them. I carry a pair of earbuds in mine in case my wireless ear buds power is gone. I’ve looked at other patterns of yours and I may just have to try so of them. I made copies and mailed to a gentleman back east, he doesn’t have a printer. looking forward to see how his turns out. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Thank you very much.
And I love….love the “purple-thang….got mine from Amazon in a pack of different different colors. So I can switch up according to my …Mood..lol
also the ideal of using a spatular to keep from burning my fingers after all these years, when using steam. May have to invest in one of those cordless irons for my sewing. I use a small one which is very nice, it doesn’t take up much room and I don’t have to use the regular iron. Thanks
Thank you so much for your comments! I appreciate the feedback! I am glad you are enjoying the patterns and tutorials. I hope to keep adding more 🙂