Face Masks during Covid-19 pandemic

So much has happened since my last blog post. My son is now 4 and I have a 4 month old daughter. My sewing room is now shared with my husband’s office to make room for both kids to have their own rooms. I’ve learned to sew clothes, mostly with knit fabric and continued to make gifts and quilts as well.

In March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic quickly escalated around the world and sewists began to make face masks. Each day, new information comes out about their effectiveness and usefulness. Now, in early April, it’s clear that more people staying home and if you have to go out, wearing a face mask and washing your hands often might help our communities to be more safe. These homemade masks will not prevent a person from contracting Covid-19, but signal to others that you’re being cautious, keep any coughs and sneezes from spraying everywhere, and remind you not to touch your face.

I’ve started to make a few samples to figure out what fits best for different people’s needs (are you a nurse who will wear this over your medical grade PPE or a citizen who plans to wear it to get groceries?)

Here’s a summary of some of the mask styles that I’m learning to make:

“Fu” Mask 

  • Pattern includes three sizes (L, M, Child)
  • Two layers of fabric, no pleats, no filter pocket, form fitting, can have any tie style
  • For my husband, this was the most comfortable style. For me, it fits very low around my chin but is comfortable around my nose bridge.

See Kate Sew all fabric mask

  • Pattern has one adult size
  • Three layers of fabric, pleated style, includes filter pocket, only made with fabric ties

 AB Mask By Nurse for Nurse – (I haven’t made this one yet)

  • Pattern has one adult size
  • Two layers of fabric, blend of pleated and fitted mask style, no filter pocket, fabric ties

 Crafty Quilter Versatile Mask – (I haven’t made this one yet)

  • Pattern has one adult size
  • Two layers of fabric, fitted mask style

Weneedmasks.com offers two styles

Being a mom of two young kids and since our shared space is where my sewing things are set up, I only have a small amount of time to dedicate to this or other sewing. But being creative and helping others has always been something that makes me feel good, turning anxiety into action and sharing my “talents” (and closet full of fabric) with my family and friends in the form of useful gifts. If you’d like help learning how to make a mask or would like me to make one for you, please be in touch!

 

Taggies for Kindermusik

I’m excited to have another new project going on these days. A friend took the taggie blanket I made for her son to entertain her new baby daughter at brother’s Kindermusik class and the teacher loved the crinkly toy! She special ordered some from me to give as gifts to new babies born in her community. It was fun to take her logo and color palette when shopping and to research what sort of label to make. Melody at Mad Mad Graphics created an iron on label that will highlight the company name. Joann’s had the perfect minky and flannel colors. Now it’s up to me to sew the gifts!

Company Logo
Color Palette

Melody also created a version of the So Sew Gifts logo for another label I can use on other projects. Fun!

2017 Challenge Quilt

For the 2017 Westside Quilters Guild Challenge Quilt, we are asked to use 10 solid fabrics to create a 36″ square (or smaller) quilt.  It turns out I have almost no solid fabrics in my stash, so together with a friend, we bought a pack of Kona solids from Craftsy.  We divided up the pack so we each have 10 for this challenge plus a few extras for our stash.

Next step is to figure out the pattern I want to use for my challenge quilt.  For awhile I’ve been wanting to make a quilt showing the path of my family moving from Ohio to Oregon.  My parents were both born in Ohio and moved to Oregon before I was born.  They obviously didn’t cross over the “Oregon Trail” officially, but I know there are state blocks and also an Oregon Trail Block.  An idea is born!

Here’s the patterns I decided to use:

Sewcial Bee Sampler Sew-Along

I’ve been following Maureen Cracknell on Facebook and am interested in her Sew-Along program.  It’s going to be difficult to keep up with a new block every week for 25 weeks, but I’d like to try to do a few of them.  Her fabric choices are often modern and colors that I don’t usually use but are appealing when all put together.  I’m sure I want to use fabric from my stash, but not sure yet which ones.  Tonight is the first block reveal, so let’s see how it looks.  Feel free to follow along with me!

sewalong-block

I made a few of these blocks and I like my fabric choices, but I ran out of time to keep up with the pace of one block a week, so it’ll become another UFO!

Babywearing

I’ve been enjoying babywearing as a way to bond with our little guy and also get things done around the house or go out in the world with him safely nearby.  There are lots of DIY babywearing ideas but I started with something simple.

I bought a used Beco Gemini carrier and I don’t love the print on the front.  It also has black straps which really show the drool marks from baby’s new hobby of slobbering over everything.  Time to make covers for the straps near his mouth, called Drool/Suck Pads.

Here’s the link to the pattern I used: http://katieskps.blogspot.com/2015/02/corner-drool-pad-tutorial.html?spref=pi

Here’s the link to a pattern I’m going to check about using on our new Lenny Lamb carrier using wrap scraps: http://www.thebriefcaseco.com/lenny-lamb-pattern/

drool pads 2 drool pads

Challenge Quilt for 2016

The challenge quilt for our guild this year is to create a small quilt using at least one 9 patch design and based on page 9 of a book.  I wanted to use scraps from previous baby quilts and choose a book from our nursery.  Turns out, I already had squares in my stash that look great together and remind me of the play mat baby loves, with it’s bright colors and patterns.  Then, page 9 of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble references a red pebble and I noticed that there are red dots in some of the fabrics.  Perfect!

New Hobby Room

This fall, we moved into a new home, and it’s been so exciting to unpack all my craft/sewing supplies into a new space.  There’s cabinets for candles, finished quilts, areas to hang design boards, and baskets of in-progress projects.  Half of the master walk-in closet is full already of fabric, ready for future projects.

This display includes a small sewing machine that my mom gave me from Grandma’s house.  The needle moves up and down but would need a new bobbin and repairs to be actually used.  It’s nice to have a place to show some of my sewing related trinkets.

displayThis display includes two of my first quilt projects. My mom tells a story that when I was three, we lived in Eugene and she sewed little girl clothes for me and for resale in a local shop.  While she worked on them, she gave me scraps to play with and eventually to learn to sew myself.  She kept one of the first pieces (on the left) and framed it for me to hang in my sewing room.  I found the other piece (on the right) and it too deserves a place on the wall.  The basket holds some other in progress ideas/fabric for projects to make for baby.

in progress

Preparation for Baby

We’re so excited to announce that Baby Boy is due in April!

Only two months away now and my sewing room is full of ideas and fabrics ready to make into something great for him.  People also have been generous with handmade gifts!

My Aunt sent me this quilt that was in my Grandma’s linen collection.  We’re not sure of it’s age, maker, or recipient, but it’s a great reminder of the heritage of quilts and will be displayed in our nursery.

(pictures coming soon)

One of the fun projects was at my baby shower.  I prepared fabric, pens, and onesies so guests could decorate an outfit for Baby Boy.  They were so creative and the final products are super cute!

(pictures coming soon)

I also have been making some items for friends with babies.  Swaddle blankets, pacifier holders, and burp cloths are fun to personalize and quick easy projects to sew.

zach

Bonnet Babes and Cowboys

We’re going to participate in the Oregon Trail 5K in Oregon City next weekend, so I’m making bonnets for the girls to wear and bandannas for the boys.  Found some fabric in my stash purchased in Amish country and also picked out some free fabric tonight at the quilt guild meeting that will work perfectly.

bonnet fabrics

 

Pinterest offers a bunch of ideas of patterns.  I’ve decided to use this one from the Waag Blaag that uses less fabric than some of the other patterns and offers helpful photos of the process.

First two complete!

Aloha Library Quilt Raffle

I’ve agreed to make a quilt for the Aloha Community Library for them to raffle in September.  It’s great to have a small nearby library and I hope that things continue to go well for them so they can join the cooperative library system.

I’m going to use dog print fabrics from my stash to make a quilt called “Read to the Dogs”.  I even found fabric with dogs reading books, haha!  Here’s the pattern I found that I’ll use and some of the fabrics:

I adapted the pattern a little bit to adjust for the fabrics looking really busy and to highlight the “read to the dogs” in the center and use scraps for the back:

Sharon at Sharon’s Quilt Attic quilted it with a dog bone swirling pattern and I added the binding of rainbow paw print fabric.  It was delivered the the Aloha Community Library’s board meeting for them to decide how to run the raffle to raise money for their library!