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New normal after lockdown


3D Face Masks with Filter Pocket

Many small businesses suffered during a strict lockdown. If you read the news, many migrant workers have to walk for days to reach their village due to the unavailability of the transport system. I went out a few weeks ago and saw many people are walking on the highway, some with their friends, some with their family and young children. It breaks my heart to read and see the news about them that sometimes I just stopped reading the news. 

Mask for Kids

As the government relaxed lockdown a few weeks ago businesses  started to open and slowly people are back to work, to new normal.
New normal means:
  • Wear a mask when you go out. (Also read: what fabric to use for homemade mask)
  • Maintain a social distance of 6 feet (is that even possible here??).
  • Wear a face shield if you cannot maintain 6 feet distance. (Also read: how to make DIY Face Shield)
  • Cover your mouth with your elbow while coughing or sneezing.
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap.
  • Wash your groceries after you bring them in (at least I do this) - some said to leave the vegetables, etc in an open space for a couple of hours before putting them into the fridge.
  • Change your clothes after you come back home and wash your mask every day. 

According to the news, the school most probably will re-open after July. Now, thanks to the internet, online classes are going on. Some parents suggested to only open the senior section so that the school can maintain 1/3 ratio per class. 
Many senior students also tweeted asking for reopening, especially those in the science stream. There are so many things to be considered before reopening and I know it's going to be tough for the teachers to keep vigilant of the students. 

I guess we all need to learn to be more disciplined and considerate of others. Think twice before you act. Think about what will be the impact of your action for others. 

I hope this virus will be gone soon, meanwhile please wear a mask when you go out or when you don't feel well at home. 

Until then,

Take care & stay safe!

-Elvira- 


Bunny Mini Sling Bag for Toddler



Sewing for kids always brings happiness to me. So when my customer wanted a bag for her toddler, I said yes. She sent me a reference picture, a bag with bunny ears. Her daughter is only 2 years old so this bag is pretty small. I used the bigger size of the Mini Sling Bag pattern and trim the height a little bit. 

The picture below was the first set of ears that I did base on this bunny pencil case tutorial, but I was not happy. I found it too small. 


I remember I used to make flower brooch from fabrics, I thought that would be better for ears. I only need to cut the fabric larger. I cut 5" square fabric and cut them again to make 2 half square triangle. I used thin interfacing just to make the ears a little firm. Fold the triangle then sew the shorter side. Turn it inside out and hand stitch the straight side using running stitch and pull it tight and secure it. Tada! your fabric bunny ears are ready! 


Now place the ears on the bag exterior and make sure the ear's raw edges are placed at the edge. Baste stitch and you're ready to assemble the bag. 


Since I already sewed the sides seams of the bags, I decided to finish the bag using drop lining method. I little fiddly for a tiny bag but I managed :D.
I put the exterior bag in the lining, right side together, and clip it. I didn't trim the ears at this stage yet. 


Feed the bag under the needle and carefully sew using a 3/8" seam allowance. Once it's done, I trim the excess seam of the ears. 


Turn it inside out, topstitch the edge and voila! Bunny Mini Sling bag is ready to go! 


I really love how this turned out. I got this Riley Blake fabric for a long time and I'm so happy now I can use it. I hope this bag will bring happiness to her too! 

What do you think? What's your personal fave things to sew? Let me know in the comment below. 

Thank you for stopping by!

Take care & stay safe

- Elvira- 

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Alternative Filter Pocket for 3D Fitted Face Mask

Face Mask with Filter Pocket

Everyone has their own preference and that's including masks. Some people prefer a surgical pleated mask, some prefer box pleated masks, some people prefer 3 D mask without filter pocket (including yours truly). As I wrote in my previous post, in a homemade mask the most important is as long as it dense enough. 

As I progress making more 3D masks, I improvised the pocket construction for the 3D Fitted Mask. Instead of cutting 2 lining fabrics like in the pattern, I cut one piece of lining and reduce the sides to create a pocket. The advantage of this pocket is you need less time to sew them together. 

So here's how to do it:

  1. Cut the short sides of the lining fabric by 0.75". I usually fold it in half, mark it using an erasable pen and cut it on the line. 

2. Fold the raw edge by scant 1/4" and fold it again by 1/4" and topstitch the short edges. The mask lining will look like in the picture below. 


3. Sew the lining and exterior panels together as per the pattern and turn the mask right side out.  Now, with the lining facing up, press the seam of the exterior panel nicely and topstitch all along the top and bottom seams only. 


4. Fold the short edge of the exterior panel towards the wrong side by scant 1/4 inch.


5. Fold it again by 1/2" and pin/clip in place.


6. Now the tricky part (don't worry, you can do it!). As you feed the fabric under the needle, pull the lining fabric gently so that it's away from the fold that you're going to stitch. Put the needle down, backstitch a couple of stitches and sew to the end. As you reach the end, gently pull the lining fabric again, away from the end of the fold. Finish sewing with a couple of backstitches. 


7. Tada! now your mask with filter pocket is ready. Insert elastic or fabric ties as you prefer.


Here I used a kitchen paper towel and folded it a couple of times. Insert the paper and you're ready to head out. 



3D Fitted Face Mask in ETSY

What do you think? which type of mask and filter pocket do you prefer? Let me know in the comment below. 

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Take care & stay safe!

- Elvira


What's in a name

India



And no, it's not about Romeo and Juliet 😄. I've been thinking of giving a name to my earlier pattern. If you noticed, I've given names to the last three patterns, Doitrei, Dotty, and Midori. Like anything else, the difficult part is to take that first step, but once you made that step and you keep on going, you'll accomplish it. So now, let me re-introduce SAFARI TRAVEL WALLET (clap clap clap )

Get the Pattern in Etsy

Safari or safar means journey hence it's a perfect name for a travel wallet. I also edited a few stuff in the pattern. I included measurements so that those you don't have a printer at home can start right away. The templates are also included if you want to be more practical. And all in 1 FILE now. Thank you so much for those who personally message me and asking questions. Because of you, I can make improvements! Once again, thank you !! 


This wallet is so easy to make and it's my fave to carry when I travel alone. Check out what others have made using this pattern in HERE





If you wish to purchase the pattern, don't forget to use coupon CVG20 as you checking out. Coupon Code valid in all the shops :) 

I already updated the pattern in all the Shops, so if you purchase the pattern from 25th May 2020, you should get the latest version. As always, you can email me (with your order number) if you wish to get the latest copy, I'd be glad to email it to you. 


Thank you for checking in today. 

Take care and stay well!

- Elvira- 


Chevron Quilted Purse

India

There are a lot of things happened at the end of 2019 around the time when the new pattern Dotty Mini Purse was released. At the time our State was put under curfew for a few weeks with internet ban. I made several things during that time. I even edit it but somehow didn't get posted here on the
Blog.  Well, I guess no internet makes us more productive because we don't have the urge to keep checking our Facebook and Instagram. But this purse happened just before the internet was banned. I was searching for fabric bundles for a makeup bag that Achumi wanted me to make [I'll write that in the next post]. I took out several Quilt Gate bundles which I picked up from Tokyo Quilt Festival in January 2019 (or was it 2018?).

Anyway, I  so wanted to make another Dotty Purse after looking at everyone's photos but wanted to try using a different patchwork block. After browsing through books and magazines (yes real one and not Pinterest!), I settled for chevron block. I used 1.5" strip here and made the block based on Seminole strip piecing. 


I've done this Seminole piecing for the border in THIS QUILT and I really enjoyed piecing the small pieces.  I only did the patchwork for the main panel. I used a bigger print from the bundle for the side panels and love this turned out!! 



Dotty Purse Pattern on Etsy

This purse is really compact but you can fit in quite a lot of stuff there. I also made my own handle using off white vinyl. there was a lot of try and error. The vinyl was leftover from my elder son's project a few years ago. I don't want a stiff handle and since the vinyl is quite soft I tried to add interfacing by iron it on the wrong side using silk setting. It stuck quite well. I cut 2 strips of vinyl ( 0.75" wide by 17" H) and simply sewed them together, then attached the swivel hook on both ends and finished it with rivets! And Tada! my DIY Vinyl bag handle!




Well, that's all the story behind this purse. I am tempted to make more now but I still have few masks and scrubs hats to make. I could not sew for a few days because I got this pain again in my neck and spread to the hand. After 2 days of stretching exercise, I feel much better but I keep taking a break every few minutes.  I really have to start exercise regularly again after Ramzan is over! 

Now lockdown part 4 is going on and our state has few cases every day. Let's pray that the world will heal fast, in the meantime, let's do our best to stay home! Explore your hidden talent so that you won't be bored ^^. 


Take Care & Stay Healthy!


Elvira

Pattern Errata : Kids Scrub Hat





Hello,

Thanks to Lalitha that I got to know I attached the wrong templates for the Kid's size of the Banded Scrub Hat. I usually make the templates in separate files for editing then will copy them to the pattern file. 
I already posted a correction in the Pattern Errata Page and also updated the file in the Shops (Etsy, Payhip, and Webshop). If you purchased the pattern before 13th May 2020, please email me with your order number, I will email you the updated version. Thank you! 


Lalitha already cut several pieces, so I thought I'll make a tutorial here in case you already cut the fabrics too. 

Here's how: 

1. Cut a strip of fabric measuring 2.5" W x 7" H 


2. With the right side together, sew the strip to the straight side of panel A using 1/4" seam allowance.


3. Open it and topstitch using 1/8" seam allowance 


4. Trim the edges by lining up the rules as shown in the picture below. 


5. Now trim the panel A to measure 9". Measure in the middle from the centre top to bottom. 


6. Fold the panel B and trim it by 0.5". You can line it on the cutting mat and cut at 10.5" mark.


7. Depends on how stretchy your fabric is (I used poplin here which is quite stretchy), you may end up with excess. Don't worry, you can just trim it and it won't affect the end result. 


8. Follow the rest of the pattern. Honestly, I kinda like this little contrast tab at the bottom :D. 


I use the same color for the band and I kinda like this look :)


I apologize for the inconvenience. If you still have any doubt or need further assistance, you can always email me.


Thank you so much for your continued support! 

Take care & stay safe ❤️

- Elvira - 

Which fabric to use for face masks and how to wear them

India
Triple-layer masks

Slim Pleated Masks
There are so many articles since the early days of the pandemic. From fabric mask is not advisable to now mandatory wearing any covering.  Now, which fabric is to use? After reading different articles, I came across this article from The Brussels Time. Quoting from the post: 

“The fabric is not important. The tissue must be sufficiently dense so that it can stop as many drops as possible, that is the most important thing. At the same time, it must also allow for comfortable breathing. It is this balance between tissue density and still allowing smooth breathing that needs to be monitored" Steven Van Gucht." 

When I read the article, I was like "yes! ", Not because of anything, but because the common people here cannot afford good quality quilting cotton, let alone designer ones!

Glace Cotton & Rayon Cotton Mask

In a country as big as India, maintaining physical distancing after lockdown will be impossible. I saw most people are using kerchief or any cloth to cover their face which will be difficult for them especially when they have to wear it for a long time. 


Now I have so many Indian cotton fabric that is lightweight, but some of them are tightly woven, like the glace cotton or rayon cotton mix. That's when I decided to make 3 layers mask using the same fabrics.  And if you think you need it denser, you can always add a hanky or tissue paper inside the mask and remove the tissue as it becomes moist (ok this word always remind me of PM Justine Trudeau Presscon ^^)


Side view of an individual wearing a cloth face covering, which conceals their mouth and nose areas and has a string looped behind the visible ear to hold the covering in place. The top of the covering is positioned just below the eyes and the bottom extends down to cover the chin. The visible side of the covering extends to cover approximately half of the individual’s cheek.

Depends on your personal choice and best fit to your face shape, cloth face coverings should : 
  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape. (Source : CDC)

I just put up a video on how to make triple layers face mask. There are different kinds of pleats you can do, but here I'm sharing the slim pleated one here. Super easy to make and it's possible to do hand sewing too if you don't have a machine. (see the resources below this post for other types of mask videos)



Here are a few masks I made using different styles. For a double layer mask, I use cambric or poplin cotton fabric. 

Double Layer Cotton Masks

For people who find it difficult to breathe through mixed cotton masks, I made these triple-layer masks using mulmul cotton. 

Mulmul Fabric Mask

Here is how the slim pleated mask looks like. It's perfect for someone who has a slim face or a petite face. 

Slim Pleated Mask

And here's the comfort fit face mask which is favorite with everyone. It's a double layer, I used thicker cotton fabric on the outside (cotton mix, combed cotton, etc) and softer cotton (cambric or poplin) on the lining. 

some review from Etsy :

Such an easy and well fitting pattern. Very clear instructions both written and in pictures.I’m over the moon.
Nice pattern and worked well for a couple of people that have trouble with other masks. Thank you for sharing!!!!!! (Source : Etsy)



Don't forget to wash the mask properly with soap after every use and dry it in the sun.
If you know how to sew or have access to a tailor who can sew for you and people around you, you can follow the tutorial from my previous post or visit links below.  Support your local fabric shops, local tailor, local community, we must support each other! 
Thank you for visiting my blog. 
Take care & stay healthy everyone!

- Elvira- 

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