Sunday, June 7, 2020

BORO or scrap clothing

This is such a BEAUTIFUL EXHIBIT, I want to share it.  Enjoy.

Monday, April 13, 2020

How to Make a Protective Virus Mask with a Pocket

My reasons for writing this tutorial are two fold: 
1.  I only had a video to watch when I started, plus some measurements from a friend who had already made many masks. I do not work well from videos.  I want measurements. It took me almost a day to make my first mask with a pocket and nose piece.  The rest have gone a lot faster because I kept learning as I sewed.  Still, they do take time.
2.  I saw some masks at the Farmers Market that did not stay on the nose and/or had other problems that did not make them a very good defense against the Coronavirus.  

SUPPLIES for 1 mask.

FABRIC for 1 mask: washed, dried in a dryer, ironed before using. 
Outside 100% cotton fabric: Cut 1 piece 9” x 7.5”
Lining  100% cotton sheeting/pillowcase: Cut 1 piece 6.5” x 7.5”

Nose Piece: 4.5” up to 5” finished will work fine.
Using 18 or 20 gauge copper wire: 2 ways to finish ends so they do not poke the fabric.  You can use any wire of your choice as long as it will not rust.  
Option #1: BEND each end in a small loop. The length will depend on your bending. Experiment to see what works for you.
Option #2: Cut the wire. POUND the ends flat on a metal surface.  I used the side of a sledge hammer for my surface.

Using the 18 gauge, flat covered copper thermostat wire, CUT ~ 4.5”

Two strand thermostat wire on the left is copper inside.  The large roll makes it lay flat better than the small spool of 18 gauge copper picture hanging wire on the right.  The solid copper wire needs to have the ends either pounded flat or turned to prevent poking  the mask.  The thermostat wire is coated flat wire that does not need anything done to it after cutting.  I tested ironing it between 2 pieces of fabric.  It showed no melting after ironing the fabric flat.  I'm sure it could be made to melt.  But I also think the fabric might burn.  I'm not going to test this theory because I do not want to clean my iron.  Check what you have around your house.  You might have something that will not rust that you could use.  NOT rusting is a requirement.

Fasteners: If you are making masks for a particular place, check with them to see exactly what they would like. Elastic is usually required by hospitals and nursing homes because it is easy to use. Because of this Pandemic, elastic is in short supply. Some places have elastic, so they will insert the elastic into the masks when they are delivered.

Elastic type preferred: round, 1/8” flat, 1/4” flat, or make what you find work.  Larger elastic can be used to go around the head.  Some people are using large size pony tail holders. Problem = not adjustable.

Elastic length preferred: CUT 9” so that it can be adjusted to fit.

No Elastic: Use string, ribbon, anything that will tie. 
Loop design, CUT ~ 55" to 60”.

Construction Method:  Align the 7.5" edges of the outer fabric and lining, right sides together.
SEW a seam on each end ~ 1" to 1.25" in from the end.

[I have used 2 different fabrics for the outsides of my masks. I hope you are not confused by this. All of the linings are the same sheeting fabric from two sets of sheets.   I took photos continually, when I remembered.    Sometimes I missed a step.  When I have put the elastic in a pile of sewn masks laying on my table, as well as complete the prototype I'm working on today, I will have made my first 100.] 

PRESS seam open.  SEW a zig-zag or other type of finishing stitch along the edge of the lining fabric.  This will be the edge of the pocket to hold a filter if a person chooses.

Align the bottom edges.  Sew a seam the total length.  Press the seam toward the outer fabric. 

Turn right sides out.  Press the pocket edge to allow room for the nose wire.  
Press down over the bottom edge.  Now you are ready to make the nose wire pocket.

How to make a pocket for the nose wire.

Move needle as far to the right as it will go, start sewing the nose wire pocket.  
Sew in ~ 1" or more.  Stop.
Make a stop seam for the nose wire. 
Turn toward the folded edge.  Sew to that edge, back up to the sewn line, turn around to continue sewing until  ~1"  or more from the other edge.

Insert the nose wire until it hits the stop seam you just sewed.  Feel for the nose wire.  Make sure your needle is past the nose wire.  When you are absolutely sure the needle is past the nose wire, turn toward the folded edge.  
Sew up to the folded edge, then back down to the seam.  You have just completed a pocket to hold the nose wire in place.

Continue sewing the seam almost to the edge of the fabric.

Turn the fabric until you are heading toward the bottom.  Sew completely around the perimeter, catching the fabric pressed toward the bottom.  This will hold everything neatly in place. 

Your personal mask should not be used by anyone but you.  It must be washed after every wearing.  

How to pleat the mask with or without a template.

Lay the outer fabric down on an ironing board.
Fold down the top ~ 1"; press.

Bottom edge pressed up to almost meet the top edge.

Turn over with the outside up on the ironing board.  
Fold top fold down ~ 3/4".  Pin.

Fold bottom fold down so that is is  ~1" from bottom.  Pin in place.

The last step in pleating is to adjust the center pleat so that the total on each edge is ~3".  I used a metal ruler until I made this jig.

[I forgot to take a photo in process, but this is how it should look when pleating is finished.]

Now add cut 2" or cut up to 2 1/2" bindings on each side; leave the ends open for elastic or ribbon.  

Or you can add long, smaller bindings to use as ties.  These will need to be ~ 36" to 40" total length each side, with the 'pleated mask' inserted in the center.

Friday, April 3, 2020

PLEASE use lots of SOAP + Cover your nose and mouth

My view is that everyone should cover their nose and mouth when going into any contained space, ie grocery, pharmacy, feed store (animals need to eat too), etc where the people on the cash registers MUST WORK or risk loosing their employment.

Many of us that sew are making cotton, washable masks for hospitals, nursing homes, convenience stores, small markets and others in need of masks.  However, many people go without wearing anything.  Something is always better than nothing.

If you have a bandanna or a pillow case that can be cut into a piece big enough to act as a bandanna, please do so.

The Bandito 

The difference between the Bandito and a bandanna is only a simple dart in the nose area as well as making a knot in the free ends to get it closer to the body.  This makes it cling to the face better that just using a bandanna.  The tuck can be made my hand sewing, stapling, or other means of your invention.  Maybe duct tape might work? If you can not alter the bandanna, just use as the bandits did, tie it in back without a dart. 

The main idea is to get it as close to your face as possible + stop the flow of air and especially droplet leaving your mouth and nose.  The knotted part hanging could be stuffed in a shirt or coat to decrease the air flow even more.  Using a pillow case will increase the density of the material which will trap more particles.  NO, this will not stop the virus.  It will help.  It will also help you from touching your face which is very important.

The BEST thing you can do is stay in your home.  Only go out for absolutely necessary items such as medicine and food for you, family members, pets and others who can't get out.

Your eyes are also vulnerable to infection from this virus.  Wear glasses or sunglasses to protect your eyes.

"All masks and goggles are of little use if the most important hygienic principles are neglected. For example, if you come home after a long bus or train ride, where you touched handrails and handles, take off the mask and scratch your nose, You could have left out the protective mask just as well."

When you come home from being in a confined space, slip off your shoes and leave them at the entrance.  Take off your mask. 
Alternative #1.  Drop the mask on the hard floor or a container.  Leave it alone for 4 or more days.  The virus will die within the 4 days.  WASH your hands.  Wash the sink handles, the door handle and anything else you touched.

Alternative #2. In your stocking feet, walk to the bathroom sink without touching any handles, take your mask off, drop it in the sink.  WASH your hands.  Now wash is mask with LOTS of soap and water.  Hang it to dry, or put it in the dryer, or iron it dry. Wash the sink handles, the door handle and anything else you touched.

Proper Hand Hygiene:
SOAP up, make lots of lather, WASH vigorously for 30-60 seconds.

Please remember that I am not a scientist.  My information is gathered from the best sources I could find.  One other important thing is NOT to touch your face, especially your eyes.  

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Birthday Quilt for Evelyn Noelle

I hope my cousin Stewart's family enjoy playing this game as much as I do.  I find it even more fun than the 'I Spy' quilts I made for the previous children in these families.

My machine is no longer sewing letters with any kind of accuracy, so I've used permanent fabric markers instead.  This has an air filling, flannel backing.  It is lightly quilted with a meandering line which has hearts sewn in as I saw fit.  All of the seams were totally sewn down before the backing and front were joined.  That is a lot of really boring work, but it will keep the squares flat when washed and dried. This quilt was folded for travel when I realized I had not yet taken a photo.  Now it is once again rolled tight, ready to travel to the Indianapolis area in 10 days to be delivered to the new First Cousin Twice Removed.  This means it is my dear First Cousin Tom's son's daughter.

Birthday Quilt for Evelyn Noelle
40" x 60"

This is my second "Matching Game" quilt. Last March, the first quilt was delivered to the family of this cousin's brother who lives in Pebble Beach.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

A Quilt for a Child

This is the third quilt for a baby/child in the family that I have made.  I made an 'I Spy' quilt for each of my 2 cousins first children. This quilt is for the second child in one family.  I went out for the wedding on 1-1-2011.  The second child was born in late January this year.  Next week I am traveling from the east coast where I live, to the west coast where they live, to hand deliver this new quilt.  It should be fun to see them again as well as their 2 year old and the new baby.

The Matching Game

Although I do not expect this will be used as a game for a couple of years, it is still colorful enough to catch anyone's eye.  Lots of interesting things for a baby to look at.  I imagine Kai, the toddler, will be more interested than the baby Viola in the beginning.  I made both of their quilts rather large so they could also be used as beach blankets since they are a quick car ride from the beach at Carmel-by-the-Sea.  I also did not use any filling since it is so warm there and also the weight of cotton batting on a quilt 40" x 56" would be way too heavy for a child to lug around.  I backed it with flannel in a music print because both parents hold Doctorates in Musicology.  

I know this is not like anything anyone has every seen.  It is not a pretty pattern that we use for our adult quilts.  My view is that we like those patterned quilts, but I think a child will find this quilt more interesting.  Therefore, I dubbed it, "A Quilt for a Child."

It is an odd number of squares making a perfectly rectangular quilt.  One square, the large one with the children playing different musical instruments matches 3 small squares, one of each child.  Another square with a woman and a girl have 2 small squares containing each of the images shown on the large square as their matches.  That was the way I made the matches of an odd number work.  I needed the odd number because of the size as well as the fact that it would be too too hard to match if it were all small squares.  It is also difficult to find enough plain colors that can be seen as really different.  The solid colors help make it a little easier to find the "matches". 

Each block seam is pressed to one side then stitched down.  I do not want a lot of lumps when it is tossed into the washer and dryer.  When everything was neatly stitched down, I pinned the back on, then stitched with a meandering line, pausing now and then to add a heart.  I used a patterned fabric for the binding because I did not want it to show the dirt a child always adds.