ScrapHappy April 2021

It’s a year since I made my first face masks (featured in the April 2020 ScrapHappy post), and over the months we’ve learned lots about wearing them and how they could be improved. So, we have progressed from shaped ones, to pleated ones with nose wires and finally to a combined version – pleated with a curved top and wire to assist with wearing them with glasses. They are a great ScrapHappy make since they don’t require a lot of fabric. Our latest ones co-ordinate with various garments I’ve made over recent months and the inner is some lovely soft cotton from a pillowcase that had started to disintegrate, but which still had lots of salvageable material. As always, I use iron-on interfacing to provide a third layer giving extra filtering capacity. This latest lot were supervised by Daisy and Mr Snail agree to model his co-ordinated ensemble as long as he could shamelessly show off one of the books he’s written and which just happens to match the outfit!.

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I’ve been inspired to write this (and future) ScrapHappy posts by Kate,  Tall Tales from Chiconia. On the fifteenth of every month lots of folks often publish a ScrapHappy post, do check them out:

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda, Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan (me), Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin, Vera, Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2 , Nancy, Bear, Carol, Noreen, Preeti and Edith

If you fancy joining, contact Kate and she’ll add you to the list. It would be lovely to see more non-sewing posts, but any use of scraps is welcome.

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  1. I do admire Mr Snail’s matching mask; I’m a fan of colour-co-ordinating my maskage too, but I’m really riveted by his head decoration in the shot where he’s sitting on the chair 😉

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  2. excellent.

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  3. Does the pleating work better than the shaping then? I was wondering about making another mask, including some silk that I have, but all the seams of the shaped ones was putting me off.

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    • We find the pleated ones are easier because you can adjust them under glasses and around your chin. My friend Judith also puts a little dart for extra shaping around the nose, but I haven’t tried this.

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  4. Susan Nixon

     /  April 15, 2021

    I guess if we have to wear one, it should be a fashion statement. =)

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  5. I like the over-the head elastics – I keep trying to make one like that for my dad, but apparently he prefers to fuss and fume with hearing-aids and glasses…sigh. Maybe if I made him some matching cerulean trousers?

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  6. Going Batty in Wales

     /  April 15, 2021

    I hardly go out so the ones I made at the beginning are still going strong! However I have pleated type with one elastic that goes round the neck and another round the head as the ones with loops round the ears tangle with my hearing aids – then when I pull the mask off the hearing aids go flying unless I am very careful. Today I had my hair cut – Hooray! – and had to wear a mask provided by the salon as the elastics on my own were in the way!

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  7. that co-ordinated outfit is very impressive and the other mask fabrics are very interesting

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  8. Ah, masks. Who knew we would still be wearing them a year on. A great use of fabric scraps.

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    • I think we are going to be using them for a while yet. At least everyone is getting their vaccines now, so the end is in sight.

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      • The end is in sight, but like you, I don’t see myself giving up my masks any time soon. Mike and I get our second vaccine on May 4th and my oldest son gets his second shot on the 7th. That covers my immediately family, my sister, and many, many friends. How about you?

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        • We have had our first vaccines and await our call back. The system seems to be being handled very efficiently here, so much so that when I went with Jon for his appointment (in case he felt ill afterwards) I was offered mine there and then rather than waiting for my own appointment the following week. Over half of the population in my county have now received at least the first dose. Most other members of my close family are also vaccinated now, so it really feels like there is light at the end of the tunnel.

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          • I’m so happy to hear of the efficiency there, and of your own successes as well. Now that we are rid of the last horrific administration, I’m regaining confidence in the process.

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  9. The Kirkenes Blue mask – brilliant.
    I made 2 as per your original design. Mine is perfect and still going strong – I only wear it once or twice a week, so I see no need to replace it yet.
    I made the larger one for Steve, but he couldn’t get on with it. I think it needed more depth to cover nose & chin. He found one that works for him, but I have to say, it’s not very thick. Still, for the amount of occasions he is around folk is so small, it will do.

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