A long time ago I did a lot of sewing. I had all sorts of fabric and notions. Leftover fabrics from projects long done. Bits and pieces. Buttons, zippers, thread, interfacing and yes, shoulder pads. (Maybe I should try 2 shoulder pads sewed together with an elastic band!)
During one of my “Marie Kondo” episodes, I threw out all the fabric except what I could use for catnip toys. (That’s the extent of my sewing these days.) That limits it to tee shirt material and thin cotton. Then with a stroke of genius, I cut it all up into small pieces (for the catnip bags) and tossed the rest.
What I have is not the right size. The beloved husband offered a few of his old “work tees.” I diligently cut around paint splashes and some mysterious (grease, blood, other body fluids?) stains and was able to come up with enough for “the pattern.”
I have elastic, which is not available now. My first prototype was not successful. The tee shirt material was too thick for two layers making the pleats bulky. Because of topstitching, there wasn’t the “give” you expect in tee material.
The bigger problem was that the elastic wasn’t long enough to comfortably go around the ears. It barely got around the ears at all. When the beloved husband put it on, he looked like Dumbo with his ears perpendicular to his face. Nope, not going to work.
Back to the drawing board. Wider mask, thinner material and longer elastic. The second one fit. I reworked the first one, cutting off the elastic that didn’t work and put in cord elastic. That’s what I’m using.
There are many no sew versions around. In a pinch I can do one of those quickly but I would only use men’s handkerchiefs or thin fabric because you layer it several times.
Here is my takeaway. The fabric can’t be thick or you will suffocate. Try to do an ear measurement first or add string or shoelaces that you can tie in the back of your head. (There is also a surgical remedy for your big ears.) Have a soothing drink when you do this (I’m thinking a margarita!). Be prepared because your cats are going to get all judgy and laugh hysterically when you try it on. So will your spouse. As soon as you get it on, your nose will start to itch. Really itch! This isn’t a good look on anyone and my sympathies to the health care professionals who have to wear these all day.
I’m blaming this on Marie. The tossed out fabric could have brought me joy.