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    Origami Mask: Adding Chin Dart

    It’s been 5 months since I first posted the tutorial for making the Origami facemask. 1,000 masks later, I’ve learned a few time-saving tricks, but I’ve put off blogging about them….possibly I’m in denial, hoping that the need for masks…

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    Sewing Prints versus Solids

    Have you ever noticed how few prints there are in ready-to-wear garment collections, compared to fabric shops? With the exception of a handful of design houses who are known for their signature prints (hello Versace!), apparel manufacturers tend to use…

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    “How do I send masks?”

    My last post was about where to send masks. But do you know HOW to send them….without making a trip to the post office? (Clue: you can NOT send a mask as a “letter”). …………………………………………….. From what I hear in…

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    Adding Ties to Face Masks

    This is an updated version of the folded “origami style” face mask from the previous post (right-click any blue highlight to open in new window): One of the benefits of sewing the same item over and over again is that…

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    “Where do I Send Masks?”

    March 29, 2020 You’ve made masks, now what? Many sewists jumped right into Mask Mania and now don’t know where to donate. (If you live in a city that may sound strange but the virus has not hit hard in…

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    The Origami Face Mask

    4/8/2020 Update: some readers expressed concern over the use of fusible interfacing in masks. Even though I explained that fusibles work not by use of solvents with dangerous fumes, but rather by melting and hardening, there has been suspicion. I…

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    Corona Virus: Home-made Masks

    4/2/2020 Update: The CDC has turned full circle, we are all wearing masks.https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cloth-face-cover.html 3/28/2020 Update: How fast things change! Two weeks ago people said masks were silly (the mayor of NYC also said it was fine to take the subway…

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    Sewing with Reds

    I love red fabric. Red is powerful: when my parents met at a wedding in Washington D.C. in 1950, my mom was wearing a bright red wool coat.  Coincidentally they both lived in New York City. My dad got her…