Protect those ears
Who knew that the hobby of being a fabric hoarder would one day be seen as an essential, life saving, skill?
Life has suddenly taken a turn for the strange for a lot of us. A year ago, none of us could have imagined that the entire world would go under lockdown as a pandemic spread to every country.
Thousands of homes have become little face mask factories all across the globe as so many home sewists start to make masks for themselves and families, as well as medical masks for those professionals who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.
I want to thank everyone who is doing this. Thank you for putting so much time and effort into all of the work you are doing, and helping to save lives! You guys really are heroes.
As a fabric hoarder myself, I have found my fabric stash to be invaluable at this time. Not only is it helping me to create masks for my loved ones to keep them safe, but it is also helping me to keep busy, and quite honestly, sane.
In times like these, we even find ourselves with problems we never thought we might have, one of these that has come up recently is sore ears, caused by the chaffing of the elastic from our new essential fashion item, the face mask.
I saw a few people making these on Facebook, and I thought "What a brilliant idea", some were sewn, some knitted and some crocheted, and I was inspired to create a free tutorial to help others to also sew themselves and their loved ones, ear protectors.
They are really quick and easy, and you can create matching ones for your mask, and even your outfit for the day.
You will need:
To make your pattern:
- Sheet of paper
- Pen / Pencil
To make your mask:
- Outer fabric (this can be decorative)
- Backing fabric (something more sturdy, like a cotton twill or denim would do)
- Two buttons - I recommend nothing smaller than 1.5cm (5/8") in diameter
Making your Pattern
On your sheet of paper measure out a rectangle of 5cm (2") by 15cm (6")
Cut out your pattern, then fold it once length-ways, and then once width-ways.
At the part with all the open corners, draw a semicircle, to round your corners, and cut off the excess paper. (By folding first you are making sure all your round corners come out evenly)
Making your Ear Protectors
Lay your top fabric on top of your backing fabric, with wrong sides facing.
Use your pattern to cut out your fabric.
Stitch or overlock / serge along the outer edges. This will join your fabric and backing, as well as neaten of the edges.
Sew on your buttons on either side.
Your ear protectors are now ready to wear!
Stay home, stay safe, and most importantly if you can, stay home and sew!