Plague Mask keychains

Finished red leather keychain-sized plague mask

Finished red leather keychain-sized plague mask

A few months ago, I began working on a red pleather plague mask for myself, but then the project stalled because I had other things to do (including making courtesy masks) so it got set aside. I’m still not done that – but in the meantime I have a different plague mask project to show off – little mini keychain masks! I plan on putting one on my backpack and maybe turning the other into a necklace…because why not?

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Courtesy masks

A huge order of 18 adult-sized fabric courtesy masks and 3 child-sized mask for a good friend of mine

A huge order of 18 adult-sized fabric courtesy masks and 3 child-sized mask for a good friend of mine

Like so many people during the covid-19 crisis, I was laid off in March. Unlike so many – I haven’t been making sourdough bread (yet!) but I have been making courtesy masks. I started off with a number of different possible patterns – trying five different ones out, and finally settling on two patterns that I merged together and altered to give more room between my lips and the fabric.

This was the best design for both my housemate and myself, and I had a good supply of round elastic cord for ear-loops. I also tried ties, but ultimately with long hair… I hated them for me. Others seem to like them which is awesome though, and they’re definitely more adjustable for a variety of faces/heads.

Once I made five for her (two shaped, and three of the pleated style which she also really liked) and five for myself (all shaped) I posted them on Facebook and I had a friend ask if I’d be willing to make some for her as well… and then another… and another… and another…

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