Ok, we are out and about now. Wearing our masks trying to stay safe but what do you do with your mask when you take it off? I noticed myself throwing it in my car on the seat or in my purse. Now that we are eating out again and I need to take it off to eat I started to think about how gross it is to just throw my mask in my purse and then put it back on later. Eww. Diner was over and I was now grossed out to put my mask back on after thinking about it over eating, but it needed to be done. We walked around Newport and as we stroll by other people I can't help but notice how nasty some of your masks are.. A paper masks should not be black from dirt!!!! Ewww Ewww Ewww... anyway I came up with a solution, A mask pouch! I have plenty of leftover fabric I could make something work. The next day I got to work and came up with this simple and quick mask pouch and tissue holder. I'll also share with you my mask pattern so you can get crafty and make the set yourself.
First you will need,
A piece of fabric measuring 18 inches x 18 1/2 inches or (2) 9x6 (2) 8x6 (2) 8x 6 1/2
Elastic or crochet ear loops. (crochet ear loops are a chain stitch measuring 7 inches long to fit my face)
Ribbon, Key ring, Iron on hem tape (optional, I'm lazy and this works for me), scissors / rotary cutter, something to poke the edges, pins, iron, and a sewing machine. I also use masking tape to hold the crochet loops down but I don't know what kind of effects it has on your machine so I won't recommend it. But I love it.
Ok so let's get started. First you want to prep your fabric. Iron and cut your three pieces.
The mask: 9 inches x 6 inches
Mask Pouch: 8 inches x 6 inches
Tissue Holder: 8 inches x 6.5 inches
Let's start with the mask. Lay your mask pieces right side up. Take the loops of your choice and pin or tape them to the inside of the fabric as show in the photo above.
Pin your two mask pieces right sides together and sew around. Leave a small opening on one of the sides to flip you work inside out. (I did it between the ear loop). Once you have sewn all the way around, trim your corners and cut the ends of your crochet loops or elastic. If you use the crochet loops don't cut the knot off.
Flip your work inside out and remove all pins or tape. Poke out the edges and seams to get its shape then press with an iron.
Lay your mask flat and fold it over on both sides to create a pleated edge, iron flat. I do this twice creating two folds and then press it to make it easier to sew.
Sew all the way around your mask. I like to start in the corner with the fold side pointing away from the sewing needle so it grabs the fabric better and helps lock the fold in place.
Ok now we have our mask let's make the mask holder.
For this you will need (2) 8 inch x 6 inch pieces of fabric, a small piece of ribbon and a key ring.
Lay your fabric right sides together and sew all the way around leaving a 1 inch gap to flip your work.
Flip you work and poke out the corners, lay flat. You can close your seem however you like but I'm lazy and just use some iron on hem tape. Iron your work flat.
Now you will fold your work overlapping the two sides
Take a small piece of ribbon and loop it threw your key ring (you don't have to loop it threw the ring now I just do it so I don't mess my nails up later.) Lay the loop side of your ribbon on the fabric and fold the flaps back over.
Pinch the sides together, let a little bit of the ribbon stick out on the top so you don't lose it. Sew straight across the top and bottom of the piece closing the open ends. Trim the extra ribbon and thread.
Flip your work inside out and poke the corners out..
Now it's ready for your mask.
Matching Tissue Holder
For this one you will need two pieces of fabric measuring 8 inches x 6.5 inches, your scissors, a few pins and a poker. (this tissue pack holder is made to fit the Kleenex on the go packs. Some Tissue packs are smaller and may fit a bit looser.)
Pin the right sides together of your fabric and sew all the way around leaving a small gap to turn your work. Turn your work inside out and Iron flat. Close your seem and fold the same way you did the mask pouch. Sew across the top and bottom then flip inside out. Use your poker to shape the corners and you're done!
Pattern By: Love Life Gifts, Shaina Perry