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  • GmaBev commented on ashevillejm's instructable DIY Cloth Face Mask
    DIY Cloth Face Mask

    I usually fold the fabric so the right sides face each other inside. Then, I can trace my pattern with pencil on the wrong side, an cut 2 pcs at the same time.The two pieces are a mirror image of each other. Sometimes, I make a mistake and have to redraw. When those markings are on the wrong side, they usually don't show through on the right side. Also, when the right sides are folded in, they stay cleaner, do not pick up stray threads and lint that will have to be brushed off later. Doesn't matter if this happens on the wrong side. Does that make sense? You can, of course place the right sides out, and the results are the same--2 mirrored pieces.

    You are so welcome!

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  • GmaBev commented on ashevillejm's instructable DIY Cloth Face Mask
    DIY Cloth Face Mask

    I use ties that are easy to cut from t-shirts. I use a rotary cutter and mat, but you can also cut them with scissors. about 3/4" wide and 30" long (stretched). I sew them into the side channels as I'm finishing the mask, and tack them in the middle to keep them from coming out of the channel when donning or duffing the mask. I allow a little more of the tie on the top that goes around your head. If the ties are too long, you can just snip the end off with scissors. No need to sew the ties at all! Hope this helps!

    There are now a number of sellers (mostly from Asia) on ebay. Search for meltblown mask filter. You have to wait a few weeks for it, though, and mine is not coming until late in April. Meanwhile, I have been using light and middle weight Pellon Sew-In Interfacing that I had on hand, but finding it online and at local fabric stores is next to impossible!

    I'm recommending using a mesh laundry bag to keep the ties from getting tangled.

    Is that velcro I see you using to close the elastic loops?

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