Even as we were deep into home quarantine, it became clear that our family of four was going to need a lot of masks for school, work, athletics, and other limited interactions, or I was going to have to do more laundry (FYI masks should be washed after each use).
In the beginning, when there were few masks available, I decided rather than spending money on masks that I wasn’t sure would fit, I would make masks from clothing that had been outgrown or worn out.
As our student-athletes headed back to school, and the playing field, I found myself considering if I could use the same pattern to make masks from athletic material. Specifically, old bike jerseys.
A novice seamstress, I quickly learned the pattern and process were basically the same, but I needed to use needles designed for stretch material, and polyester thread.
In addition to bicycle clothing, I’ve made masks from old swim trunks and running shorts. The key is finding fabric that is breathable but not too thin.