Too much Covid, not enough Astronomy!

Hey all, it’s been a while!

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For a whole month I have been away from My Hubble Abode, preparing for university, re-finding myself, and making some snazzy face masks!

As a little fundraiser, I’ve started sewing some triple layered masks for local people to buy and wear. They’re all space themed, as I am an astrophysics student!

A Little Tuto on Face Coverings

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All you need is a needle & thread, breathable fabric (cotton or linen), and some thin elastic. Some people even use hair bands! I had 3 different types of astronaut fabric, so I made mine with these.

The coverings I made are made of 3 layers of 16 x 20 cm cotton/chintz, all overlocked together with a little opening to turn it rightside out.

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I inverted and ironed out the coverings, and began pleating. Most people use knife pleats, however I chose to do inverse box pleats because when you pleat 3 layers, you end up having to sew through 18! I’m not making tiny knife pleats with that!

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Another reason to choose inverse box pleats is that the front view looks slightly like a beak, which reminds me of plague doctor masks! Here is one all pinned and ready to go!IMG_20200724_163631

Attach some elastic to the side corners with a satin stitch and you have yourself a face mask! All that’s left is to wear it and go shopping!

 

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Mine will be sold in the café that I work in. I already have 3 reserved for today, and I’m very excited to have my creations unleashed into the world!

That is my very short post for today. Stay safe, and I shall be back as soon as possible with more astronomy content!

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