April 10, 2020

Save Your Ears While Wearing A Mask. Tips For Avoiding Ear Pain

After we shared a tutorial on how to make a pleated face mask with handkerchief and hair ties on March 23, the post has been visited by over four million people and we have had many readers email us and post feedback. Among those comments, one of the common topics people shared with us was the ear pain. Unfortunately, even the best fitting mask sometimes rubs the back of our ears.  

We are sharing two tips on how to save our ears!

TIP 1.  Headband With Buttons

step 131  Put a headband on your head along with your face mask. Mark the position on the headband with a pencil that seems the most comfortable for you to have buttons. 
💡 Find Very-Easy-To-Make Headband tutorial after TIPS! 

step 152  Sew a button on each side and done!

mask headbandNo more sore ears!

capCap with buttons. 
bandanaBandanna with buttons
💡She is wearing A Simple Fabric Face Mask from our previous post.

TIP 2.  Blazer Buttons (updated on 10/04/20)

- Elastic band ( Hair tie is used in this tutorial but you can use any  types of elastic band available.  )
- Two blazer buttons ( I took them from my old coat in my closet. ) 

buttons 11  Cut the loop .

buttons 23  Insert the buttons.

buttons 3Tie a knot and done!

buttons 7Wear it with the mask on the back of your neck.

buttons 4Or on your pony tail.

buttons 5When not in use, put it in your hair so that you won't lose it! 

buttons 6Or on your wrist!

Watch tutorial on YouTube!

TIP 3  Elastics Made From Tights
They are very stretchy and super comfy on the ears!  tights1  Cut off a piece of fabric (approximately 1.5" or 4 cm wide ) from a pair of tights. You can cut off either a loop or a longer piece when you cut the tights vertically.

tights 52. The tights will curl into themselves that nobody would notice you were wearing old tights on your face!

tights 6Very soft and stretchy, they are much more comfortable than regular elastics.  


Very-Easy-To-Make Headband Tutorial

material 2

- 8 inch x 18 inch ( 20 cm x 45 cm ) fabric  
- 3 inch x 16 inch ( 7 cm x 40 cm ) fabric
- 6 inch ( 15 cm ) elastic band.  I prefer 3/4 inches (2 cm ) width.

step 1_31.  Fold the larger piece of fabric in half, face to face. Sew the long side with 1/2" ( 1 cm ) seam allowance. 

step 22  Open the seam and press, making sure the stitched seam comes to the center. 

step 33  Turn over and press.

step 44  Fold both of short sides of the smaller piece of fabric 1/2 inch (1 cm) to the wrong side.


step 55  Fold in half, face to face. Sew the long side with 1/2" ( 1 cm ) seam allowance. Open the seam and press, making sure the stitched seam comes to the center. 

step 66  Turn over and press.

step 77  Thread the elastic band through the smaller piece ( using a bodkin or a safety pin. )  

step 88  Fold over
the fabric on the edges of the larger piece in the middle to make a small pleat. Pin the layers in place. Pin the other side in the same way.

step 910  Stitch the elastic band on the larger piece through all layers of fabric. 

step 10 11  Repeat the process on the other side.

step 1112  Tuck one end of the larger piece into the smaller piece and whip stitch to secure. Repeat the process on the other side.

step 12Wear it and love it!

I am going to make more and donate them to my neighbor who works at a hospital. 


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