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Scrap Happy August

August 14, 2020

this was going to happen eventually – of course I would have to make masks

the pattern is one I found on the internet

after exploring several I settled on one from


I prefer a fitted mask, the instructions and photos are excellent and it explains how to measure for a personal fit

the one pictured above was the first trial

made from a soft denim fabric saved from a friends old shirt

on the second one I lengthened the side measurement by 1/2 inch

the fabric is from my old yukata (cotton summer kimono)

I made bias tape to fit over the ears

to get the length right I pinned them and wore the mask around the house and made  adjustments until the fit was snug but comfortable

 I found that a nose wire was necessary with glasses – I used jeweller’s silver wire that someone gave me years ago

the first mask was lined with the yukata fabric, I liked it so much I used it for the main fabric on the second one

the second lining is from my old shirt that I used for stitching hexies

of course I couldn’t stop without doing some stitching

and now shibori dyeing for a third

the end of a closely woven cotton the I had stenciled and dyed with woad several years ago

the medium weight, tightly woven fabric was difficult to gather up tightly

and I needed pliers to pull out the threads

the pattern is different on this cloth, too

it is still damp so will be lighter when dry but could have done with a couple more dips in the indigo

it is the nature of shibori that you can’t go back and add more dye or change the pattern

now to find something really wild for the lining

my neighbour left these sunflowers on the doorstep this morning

a bright, thoughtful way to start the day – thanks Jeanine

here are the links to other happy scrappers

Kate Gun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean (me),
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin and Vera

20 Comments leave one →
  1. August 18, 2020 8:33 pm

    THANK YOU so much for sharing the link to this pattern! I had been fed up by others that take too long or are overly complicated or don’t work well. I made two tonight and am relieved to have better fitting masks (and I have to have more since I start teaching Friday). Then again, maybe I felt this was easier because I finally found my spare shoelaces after being away and coming home, putting things away, so it went faster since I didn’t have to make any bias tape! 😀 mine are also blue on the outside, I had indigo-dyed a white shirt years ago and then on my recent residency tore it so it was time to repurpose.


    • August 18, 2020 9:19 pm

      Aimee – happy to pass on the pattern, I found it to be reasonably easy and quick and comfortable to wear and yes, shoelaces are a great idea. Hope your teaching goes well, stay safe and be healthy. Don’t overdo it and get tired, you’re more susceptible to germs.


  2. Susan Nixon permalink
    August 16, 2020 12:28 pm

    Very pretty masks, which is good when you have to wear one. I stay home much more to avoid the breathing difficulties it offers. I like the statement the masks make, though, about style and fashion. =)


    • August 16, 2020 12:57 pm

      Susan – I only shop once every 2 weeks and barely leave home otherwise so masks are really not a problem for me. As a retired nurse I know what it is like to wear them for an extended period of time. These are actually quite comfortable and made out of old cottons soft and easy to wash.


  3. claire93 permalink
    August 16, 2020 3:28 am

    pretty & practical ^^


    • August 16, 2020 8:45 am

      Claire – I think we are going to be wearing masks for quite awhile yet.


      • claire93 permalink
        August 18, 2020 7:14 am

        same here!


      • August 18, 2020 10:01 am

        Claire – I wonder if all the expensive makeup companies will be affected?


      • claire93 permalink
        August 19, 2020 12:31 pm

        well they’re not losing any money from me as I never wear make-up or bother with any beauty products ^^


      • August 19, 2020 12:39 pm

        Claire – maybe eyeshadow and mascara will keep them in business.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. August 15, 2020 12:42 am

    I saw someone last week wearing a Nike facemask, for goodness sake- yours is much nicer.


    • August 15, 2020 8:39 am

      Cathy – there are some pretty strange designs out there – I saw a woman with one that had an open mouth showing teeth and a tongue sticking out. How ugly is that?


  5. August 14, 2020 8:18 pm

    If we must, then we might as well do it in style. These are lovely and look very comfortable too!


    • August 14, 2020 10:07 pm

      Lynda – as Kjerstin pointed out, they do look like me and they are all blue. As far as masks go they are comfortable but I hope there isn’t a need to make more.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. August 14, 2020 7:51 pm

    Great use of scraps, both frugal, personal and extremely ‘au courant’ in both senses of the word. I love the shibori fabric; I wish I lived closer so I could offer you some ‘really wild’ scraps for your lining 🙂


  7. August 14, 2020 3:58 pm

    They look so “you”…thanks for the pattern link!


    • August 14, 2020 4:21 pm

      Kjerstin – I see all sorts of patterns on masks now, some people think they are a fashion statement – that’s better than not wearing one – but I struggle wearing one, a hangover from when I had to wear one at work so I decided to make them fun. If you make the pattern add a little width at the sides (both main and lining) so you can adjust it if necessary.


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