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Review: DIY Face Mask Styles & Features

Like many of you, I’ve been busy making face masks lately. I knew I needed to make a lot of them and use up some of my fabric stash (such a great stash buster!) but I didn’t just want to whip up a bunch of them and then be frustrated by how they fit or functioned. I decided I needed to test out a few designs and then see which style and features my family preferred. I wanted them to fit well, have a wire nose piece, be able to insert and remove a filter easily, and of course be comfortable. 

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So these are the three styles I came across on the internet that I thought I’d try out.

The top one’s shape fit the best for both my face and my husband’s. I added a 4 inch pipe cleaner to the nose. For the ties I ripped up one of my husband’s old T-shirts (ssshhhhhh!) which is easy since I didn’t have to sew them and they are super comfortable.

The middle one was easier to make, but didn’t fit very well and I didn’t add a nose wire. To top it off, the elastic ear pieces were not very comfortable at all.

The bottom one fit a little better, but since the ties were made out of fabric it didn’t have as secure of a fit as the top one had. I’d didn’t add a nose wire to this one though, so maybe that would help it.

Now, for the filter pockets...I included them on each design.

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The top one has a fairly large filter pocket that runs almost the whole backside of the mask. The middle and bottom masks entire back sides can hold filters. 

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I only added a nose piece to the top one because I didn’t think to do it earlier with the other two. To add it I use a pipe cleaner and inserted it before I did the top stitching. I made sure to sew at each end of the pipe cleaner to keep it from shifting out of the position I had it. 

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So, in case you couldn’t figure it out, my favorite design is the top one. It’s the most comfortable by far and fits the best thanks to the shaping and the nose wire. The filter pocket is easy to use too. Now I do have to say that cutting and sewing wise this mask is more complicated since it has the shaping and multiple layers, but it’s totally worth it since we wont mind wearing for longer time periods and because of the secure fit I think it will be safer.

Now, you’re probably wanting to know what patterns I used so I’m linking the ones I was inspired by below. I decided to not make a tutorial for this project because there are already thousands of them out there and I don’t think I’d be contributing anything new to the discussion on how to make them. 

Top mask -  Inspired by: https://youtu.be/p4USPU1Trz4 but I used a pattern a friend gave me and added a nose wire and the T-shirt ties.

Middle mask - Inspired by: https://youtu.be/xbGCqFJp7r4

Bottom mask - Inspired by:  https://www.cathiefilian.com/how-to-sew-a-face-mask-with-ties-and-a-filter-pocket/

and https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/

If you have any questions please comment below and I’ll try to get to them as soon as I can.

 

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Shamrock Banner

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Get ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making a shamrock banner. This banner can be made so it is displayed horizontal or vertical.

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Make sure you download the free ScanNCut cut files below by clicking on each of the photos and you can watch how to assemble it HERE.

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony😉.)



 

 

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Are you ready for Galentine's Day?

 

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It's the day you can let all of the women in your life feel your love and support for them. Traditionally this happens on February 13th...but I think any day we can uplift each other would be a great day to celebrate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you need to whip up a quick sign or card here's what you'll need:

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This project is simple, just put the cutfiles on your ScanNCut, resize if needed.  Place the correlating craft vinyl on your mat and you're good to start cutting them out. Don't forget that you need to do a "half-cut" when you work with vinyl so it will only cut through the vinyl and not the backing. 

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Once the vinyl pieces are cut, remove all the negative parts by peeling that vinyl off of the backing. Next, place the Grid Transfer Tape onto the vinyl, rub it with your spatula and then slowly peel it up. 

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Place the vinyl design down onto your canvas or card and rub over the design again. Slowly peel up the Grid Transfer Tape and you're finished.

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony😉.)

 

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FREE Updated Calendar Cut Files

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Just a head’s up that this calendar project cut-file freebies have been updated for 2020!

So download the files HERE...and get the instructions HERE.

Happy New Year!🎉

 

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony😉.)

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Winter Birthday Card

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Do you know someone with a December birthday that always gets their special day eclipsed by winter holidays? Make them this birthday card to let them know you care.

 

Supplies:

 

Instructions:

  1. In CanvasWorkspace, activate the Tattered Lace Pattern Collection 11 and select it under “Pattern Collection”

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Choose the poinsettia pattern

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  1. Select the flowers and it will appear on you mat

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  1. Right click on the leaf and choose “duplicate” to increase the number of leaves on the mat.

Send the patterns over to your ScanNCutDX by clicking on “file,” and “transfer FCM file via the internet.”

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  1. On you ScanNCutDX machine. Click “retrieve data.”

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Then click on where you’ve sent the data from, in this case the computer.

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  1. Click “ok,” then select “cut.”

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And then press start

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After it’s finished cutting, press “ok” and then press the “mat” button to unload the mat.

  1. Repeat these steps for all the poinsettia pattern pieces.
  2. For the “merry birthday,” download the pattern, then in CanvasWorkspace click on “file” and “Import from your computer.” Locate the pattern you downloaded and click “ok.”

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Next, send it over to your ScanNCutDX by clicking “file” and “transfer FCM File via the internet.”

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  1. On your ScanNCutDX choose “retrieve data”

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Then click on where you’ve sent the data from, in this case the computer.

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Click “ok”

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  1. To assemble the card, fold the 6” x 12” blue green card base in half and add gold washi tape around the edges of the front of the card.

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  1. On the small center cut-out, apply a layer of liquid glue and then cover it in gold glitter. Allow it to dry.

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  1. Adhere the poinsettia together using foam adhesive to layer the petals and leaves.  

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  1. Adhere the letters for “Merry Birthday!” onto the front of the card and add on enamel dots or other embellishments.

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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony😉.)

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