Fundraising Face Masks

I’ve made my last face mask!

It got to the stage where I was grumbling about making them and I decided it was well and truly time to stop. I’m not a face mask maker, I sew for fun and I learned some time ago there’s a difference between crafts for fun and crafts for work.

But I also know that many people wanted the masks that I made because of the fabric I used. I printed fabric with Salvation Army red shield on, just for the Salvos who felt a bit naked without a uniform of some sort.

A Red Shield Face Mask

The shield didn’t have the Salvation Army wording on, but I was then asked by a corps if I would make the official logo on fabric and so I did…

Salvo Logo Fabric

Oh the wonders of Photoshop! I also have another Salvation Army themed fabric I’m working on that you can see above on the left.

I know, many of the folk who have bought a face mask from me will be wanting the official shield pattern and be a bit miffed that I won’t be making any.

The fabric is printed by Spoonflower, in case you wanted to make your own masks and raise funds for your corps or favourite Army project. This link should take you straight to the page where you can buy the fabric…

Obviously, because it’s printed to order and in small batches (you can buy as little as a fat quarter) it’s a bit more than the fabric you buy in shops which is mass produced. I get about 12 masks from a yard of fabric, but I use a plain cotton fabric for the inner layers.

The elastic ribbon I buy from Ebay, around 5mm width is ideal, you have to shop around, some have raised their prices, but you can still buy is on Ebay for less than £1 a yard and I think I get four masks from a yard (8″ lengths times 2 per mask).

The pattern I use is the Olson nurse mask, and there are free patterns out there to download. However the need for masks has created other designs including ones with clear pockets for those who need to lip read.

Anyway, I’ve 2 masks left and a bit of offcut fabric. The offcut is currently on Ebay and I think I just might find a free home for the last two masks. If you feel up to making masks it’s a great way to raise funds while helping people get masks.

Published by bettyvirago

Betty Virago is an award winning textile designer. Based in Yorkshire, England, and known for her Northern Folk dolls and the Quilts of Hope project.

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