Who would have thought that the #1 accessory for 2020 would be the face mask? When quilters first jumped into making masks, most worked with the materials at hand. This meant a deep dive into their stash – or should I say well curated collection – of fabric to help keep themselves and others safe and healthy. So we're sharing some of our favorite ideas with you!
Fast forward a few months, and masks are now more important than ever and even required for most activities. Since anything worth doing is worth doing right, quilters and sewists have risen to the challenge, making masks that are expressions of the wearer’s personality and to celebrate special occasions.
Making Masked Memories
A quick check of social media confirms that no life event is happening in 2020 without a mask wearing picture – graduation, birthdays and weddings all often being documented with personalization.
Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah & More!
Holiday celebrations have looked a little different this year, but that doesn't mean we can't get festive with our masked attire! From hand-stitched spooky spider webs for Halloween to matching flannel fabric for Christmas pajama pictures, there is a way to make a mask for any occasion!
Machine embroidery joined up with mask making for 2020 graduations, making the most of the situation with personalized commemorative masks.
For some recent birthdays, I used cute cupcake fabric for surgical style masks with ties.
Sporting Events & Fandoms
Sports team fabric has been in high demand for the past few months, offering a way to support your favorite teams even if they aren’t actually able to play!
Wedding planning is fun, exciting and stressful under the best of circumstances, but these days it is more complicated than usual. Plans are made and changed on a regular basis and with limited numbers of attendees, those wedding pictures are more important that ever. So, with a daughter getting married in August, what can a quilting mom do but make special masks?
After careful consideration, I decided to make surgical style masks with elastic (can’t have mask ties interfering with wedding hair styles, after all!) First up were monogramed masks for the bride and groom. Then came more surgical style masks in the wedding colors for the bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers.
Back to School
Back to school time has meant an increased need for masks for students of all ages, plus teachers and administrators. Based on this need, AccuQuilt developed a new mask die with a smaller size for children!
Fussy Cutting for Even More Fun
Fussy cutting is coming to the forefront of mask making, and is a great way to feature fun novelty fabrics.
How are you expressing your creativity with mask making? We hope you will share your projects and inspiration! After all, we’re all in this together!