I have seen quilt batting (also known as wadding) used in a few face mask tutorials. Today you’ll learn whether it’s OK to use batting in a face mask, if it’s a good filter, and what the best batting is. I’m using data from a lab study run by TSI, a particle-testing company. They checked … Read more
I designed this free sleep mask pattern (download here) to be easy for beginners to sew. This is an extra soft, oversized style mask. It will cover most of your forehead and nose. This small sewing project is perfect for: Scrap fabrics! DIY gifts for family and friends. I’d make a matching scrunchie, fabric gift … Read more
Today I’m investigating if you can use fusible interfacing in your face mask. Is it a good filter? Is it breathable and safe? Is it washable? And what type of fusible interfacing should you buy? I’ll also suggest sew-in interfacings if you want to avoid glue. I am only using data from credible lab studies … Read more
Fusible interfacing is applied by ironing it onto your fabric. But what’s the right way to do it? And should you pre-wash it? This is a step-by-step tutorial on how to use fusible interfacing. I’m getting my information directly from Pellon and Vilene – 2 of the biggest interfacing manufacturers. Contents list: Video tutorial: 2 … Read more
Sew in interfacing vs fusible: Interfacing gives structure to “limp” fabric. There are 2 main types: sew-in and fusible. The first is sewn onto the fabric, and the second is glued on using an iron. You can buy woven and non-woven versions of both. They come in different weights and colors too. I can’t say … Read more
Learn what sew-in interfacing is, the different types there are, and when to use them. All explained simply, with pictures.
Wondering what to sew with linen? Here’s a roundup of inspiring sewing project ideas. For each idea, I have shared sewing patterns and tutorials to help you make it. I’m covering linen clothing (including plus size friendly patterns), home, and bedding ideas. If you’re a complete beginner, I recommend starting with the easiest projects here: … Read more
An in-depth study of 20 FILTER materials for DIY face masks. Learn which materials filter out particles the best, are breathable, washable, and safe to use.
This is a mega-list of hospital-approved face mask patterns. Find olson style & pleated “surgical-style” masks with filters, nose wires, ties, elastic, kids sizes, & pdf printables.
This is a roundup of scrubs sewing patterns (tops and trousers only). I have included free PDF patterns and paid paper ones. I also researched which patterns have been approved by NHS hospitals. Contents list: 13 scrubs sewing patterns for the NHS, including pdf and paper versions, and male and plus-size friendly patterns. (Skip to … Read more