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How to Batch Sewing Masks

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How's everyone doing? I am still sewing masks and taking a break in between. I usually cut the fabrics in batches. All you do is fold the fabric a couple of times and pin the pattern on top and start cutting. I laminate my pattern so that I can use rotary cutter 😄 

Next I will start chain sewing, one dart at a time. That way I can safe a lot of time, instead of finish one mask at a time, I can finish 10-12 pieces at a time. 

All you need is a little planning. Once you decide the fabrics, cut them multiple at a time. I usually cut 6 or 8 pieces of the same print. 


Once done, stack them together and when you have 15 minutes, simply pick up a few pair and start chain sewing. 



Don't forget to put on some good music or movie (or Kdrama for me ) . 
Before you know it, you will have a dozen finish. Don't rush! We're not on competition here, make a small batch each day as time permit. Remembers your health is also important to be able to keep sewing. Make sure you have enough rest so you won't lose steam midway! 

Ganbatte!!

-Elvira- 

Resources: 

How to sew easy scrub hat - video tutorial


Finally I have time to make (and edit) video tutorial for the Scrub Hat Pattern I posted few days ago. I hope this supported video will help for those who just started sewing. It is super easy and quick! 





I hope you find this supporting video tutorial useful. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me, I'd be glad to help you. 

If you enjoy the video and want more tutorial /video tutorial, please subscribe to my channel. 

I'm adding the Face Shield Free Pattern  with the Scrub Hat pattern on Etsy. So those of you who support me from Etsy will not have to download it separately. 
By the way, you can use coupon code FAVE20 on ETSY  to get instant discount of 20%. yay!




In the meantime, I've been busy tidying up my fabric stocks (since we're on lockdown and I cannot send physical products). I sorted them out by color and also by size. I still have a long way to go though. At least this will keep me busy, as I heard on the news few districts will have lockdown extension. Let's hope for the best!


I read on the news today that several countries will start easing lockdown and let people go back to work and they have to wear their own protective gear. Please do take care if you're one of those who has to go back to work and use public transport! I pray that God will always protect all of us and help the scientist to come up with vaccine soon!


Thank you for stopping by,
Take care & stay well!

Elvira

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Midori Super Cute Mini Wallet Pattern


Finally this midori mini wallet pattern that's been on my draft folder for almost 2 years now available in my Etsy Shop and on special 40% lockdown discount! 


Title of the document Get the Pattern on Etsy

It's the mini version of the older sister - the Trifold Card Wallet Organizer. Come to think of it, I think I should give proper name to my patterns ^^. If you're wondering, Midori means Green in Japanese and the name is for obvious reason because I was working with the green apple print (ha!).

Anyway, Midori has this mini zippy pocket on the exterior, which is very handy! You will learn how to make invisible zipper pocket the easy way using all purpose zipper! 



This mini wallet also has 6 card slot and 2 mini slip pockets. It's perfect for those days when you just want to go out for midnight snack in the neighboring convenience store! It fits perfectly into your jeans pocket, it's only 4.5" W x 4" H afterall. 





Since it's pretty small, it's great for scrap buster project. You know for all those small cuts you keep waiting for a perfect project to come along :). Yup, this is a perfect one! And why learning something during this lockdown and drive away your blues! 

Thank you so much for keep coming to check out my blog. Oh, I had a little glitch at the Webshop yesterday and today, but it's resolved now so you can safely make payment via Paypal again. Well, it was  a little bit upsetting but hopefully all will end well! I trust God will never take away something from you without giving you back something more beautiful:)

Take care, stay home, stay creative and stay well!! 

- Elvira -




How to Make Face Shield or Face Guard - Free Pdf Pattern




I got a message from my sister in Indonesia that she needs face shield and asked me if I know someone who make and sell them. At this time like this, I wish I could make for her and my family back home. But we live so far away from each other. 


I told her it's easy to make one but then I am the only one who can sew (and my mom but she doesn't do much sewing nowadays).

So today, I am sharing this super easy tutorial for those who may need it to protect themselves and their families.


It's super easy and quick sew. I put together a PDF File with templates for you to download.
I used a thick (maybe around 0.8 mm) clear vinyl, the one that usually used for table covering. You can off course upcycle clear vinyl from new duvet or bed sheet  packaging, etc. The bias binding around the vinyl will stabilize it, if your vinyl is not thick enough. 


I showed my SIL and she loved it. She wanted few for her Lab staff. I hope, I can get the vinyl as government has allowed certain business activities from tomorrow. Or else I have to wait until lock down is over on 3rd May. 

The face shield really remind me of Korean Ahjumma visors ^^. When I showed it to my friend, Eva, she said she needs one to use when she peels/cut onions. Well, now I guess I need one too ^^. 

Any way, I hope you like the tutorial. Please download the pattern using the link below. 


Thank you for your continued supports!
Take Care & Stay Well

- Elvira - 

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Easy Scrub Hat Patterns

Get the Pattern on Etsy

Hello,
I hope everyone is keeping well. I've been working on few pending patterns that are in my draft folder for a long time :D.
Creating pattern especially with templates takes time. From making samples, try it out, make sure the templates are correct, taking photos, editing and the tough part is writing the words! Many times, my brain freeze and I just had to leave it ^^.





I've been working for this banded scrub hat pattern for a couple of weeks. It's based on my original tutorial 9 years ago. I tweak the pattern to fit most adult with head circumference 58 cms or 23 inches and Kids size with head circumference 20-21 inch. 

This surgical cap pattern comes with full scale patterns in 2 sizes which you can easily print on your home printer. Everybody has different head size, so I added a tips on how to  scale up or down the scrub hat. For example, my SIL (who is a doctor) loves the hat to cover  most of the forehead, while my elder son (who has a big head with narrow forehead) prefer a slightly narrow hat. I prefer the narrow one to wear as underscarf but love the broader one to cover most of my head when I am cooking :). Oh yes, I wear head covering when I cook for hygienic reason. 



The pattern is available in my ETSY shop for minimal price. Or if you like simply click the button below this post to get one.



Thank you so much for stopping by!
Take care & stay well.

Elvira

Pretty Handmade Face Masks



Sewing anything for children is always fun. When a friend asked for face mask for her 3 years old daughter, I was so excited and started digging my fabric stash. And since Frozen is everyone's fave that was my first choice. The second one I decided on Teddy Bear print in Pink. 

Truly, with lock down is extended till end of April here in India, having stash of fabrics is really an advantage. Shops are all closed except for essential shops. Though, today morning I read that fellow quilters  in the US were upset when Joann was to be closed because it's not considered essentials. Well, how will they make and donate masks if the fabric shop are closed, right? I also feel, fabric shops and craft store should remain open, because this is the time we need something crafting to do to avoid boredom during lock down, right? 




When it comes to fabric mask, there are already so many  experts and articles about its efficiency. There seem to be different opinion between expert in Western and Eastern Countries. In the end of the day, it's up to you whether to wear mask or not. As for myself, I refer to this article from the Strait Times and also Youtube Videos from Asian Boss HERE and HERE. Even Japan PM is wearing cloth mask and Japan Government is sending 2 cloth masks to every household. 
As Asian countries like Singapore and South Korea have experienced few epidemic outbreaks in the past 10 years, I supposed mask wearing at certain level help to flatten the curve. 

Also, in a country like India, where PPE and masks for medical workers are insufficient, there are million of people who can't afford to buy disposable mask, even if it's only INR 10 (USD 0.13).


Let's help each other to fight this pandemic. Stay Home, Maintain Social Distancing, Wash Your Hands Frequently, Don't Touch Your Face and Wear Mask when You Go Out. Remember, DO NOT hoard medical grade masks, those are for our front liners! Instead, make masks and gift them to your families, friends and less fortunate people around you. 
Thank you for stopping by.
Take care & stay well!


Sources: 
Mask Pattern




Video How to Make Pleated Surgical Face Mask

Hello,

I hope you're all doing fine. We're in the third week of lock down now and I sort of get used to it. Few day ago I recorded video while making the pleated mask and just have time to edit and put it up on my YouTube channel. I hope this video will help. You can download the pattern in the link below this post. 




I'm still learning how to record a better video. This time, I am using my pocket camera and I sort of like it better. I am still editing it form my mobile though. 


Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video and inspired to learn or make  one ^^.
I gotta go and finish few more mask now.

Until then,
Take care and stay healthy!

Elvira



Mask Making


The mask making is still continue here. As the curve of cases are climbing up, everyday we have this little fear inside us. We do our best to follow the government's order to stay home, maintain social distancing and of course praying that we'll be spared of this highly contagious pandemic. 
Initially, I spent my days monitoring the number and reading every news out there and that made me depressed. That's when I decided to make masks and shared the pattern and free tutorials. 
I started wearing mask when I go out way back in February, when most people here are still oblivious about the gravity of Covid-19 and were making jokes. 


Mask making is my anti depressant. I'm grateful in this trying time I can lend my hand to help out a little bit. Even when the scientist are still debating whether fabric mask is efficient, but I am sure, it helps a little. Especially, when even hospitals are lack of surgical mask and PPE. Desperate times call for desperate measures. 

Here are few masks I finished and delivered few days ago. 




Many wanted to order the masks, but unfortunately the courier is not open during the lockdown, which most probably will be extended. 

This 3D Face mask is most comfortable to wear. You can comfortably talk when you wear the mask and it wont slip off your face.



I'm making few more dozens of mask for my SIL's staff in the hospital. I am using cotton mix and some combed cotton for the exterior and cotton fabric for the lining. 

If you wish to make this 3D Face Mask, the pattern is available at ETSY as well as my WEBSITE.

Don't forget, the rest of the Chezvies Patterns is ON SALE 40% now on ETSY during the lock down period. So, if you're bored and looking for something to learn, go ahead and check out the Patterns.

Keep well and stay creative! 

Elvira



Pattern Update : Pleated Mask without Binding

Just a quick post regarding pleated mask. If you don't want to do the binding like in the original tutorial, you can do the following : 

1. Cut the fabric 9.5" Wide x 14" long. (For broader face, you can cut 10" W or as needed). The measurements in this tutorial here is based on general surgical mask.

2. Follow the tutorial for creating pocket, nose wire and pleats. 

3. Once, you're done, the mask should measure more or less as follow: (please note that you can modify the pleats, the tutorial is guidance, esp for novice sewist) 

4. Now,  fold the raw edges by 1/8" or so towards the lining side (where the pocket is) and then fold it again by 1/2" and edge stitch. (I am making mask without lining here) 


5. Insert the elastic or ties and it's ready. Super easy! Maybe a bit fiddly in the beginning but you will get the hang of it. 
Thank you for downloading the tutorial. And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me. 

We're all in this together and we will get through this pandemic together. Keep sewing, stay healthy and safe, everyone! 

Happy Sewing,
Elvira





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