Unfortunately, the face mask saga goes on, and for some folks putting a face mask on and off can be a challenging thing. I am going to share another tip with you on how you can modify a TIE FACE MASK into an ADJUSTABLE EAR LOOP MASK. Hopefully, this will make your face-mask-wearing experience a little more doable.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM AN ADJUSTABLE EAR LOOP FACE MASK?
- Elderly people who don’t have the range of motion to put their hands over their heads, let alone be able to tie a mask behind their heads.
- Little children that don’t know how to tie will also find an ear loop mask more doable. (It is the mother’s who have to continually tie and adjust their kid’s face mask). What a pain!
- Those who simply don’t want to tie their mask every time they go into a store, Dr. Office, or whenever going out and about.
There are a lot of different types of face masks kicking around out there, and they each have different attributes. I wear several different types of face masks and am finding the ear loop masks are more convenient for quick trips in and out of the store. However, if you have to wear a face mask all day, the tied masks win in this situation.
This method to modify a tie face mask can be done to all masks with ties. I prefer soft, comfortable ties made from upcycled t-shirts or spandex. You can learn how to make these ties HERE. Such a great alternative to elastic. Not only are they more comfortable, but they also don’t cost any money to make SIMPLE RECYCLING!
I also have some easy and effective FACE MASK PATTERNS and tutorials, if you’re up to making your own.
Watch the video tutorial below or on my YOUTUBE channel.
HOW TO MODIFY A TIE FACE MASK
- If your face mask has a nose wire, locate the top of your mask. You will be working with the bottom tie first.
- Take the tie and make a small loop right next to the mask. Wrap the tie around the loop and poke it through the center of the already made loop.
- Pull it out and at the same time, pull the knot down to tighten. You will have a loop and a knot.
- Adjust the knot as close to the mask as possible.
- Pull the end of the tie to make the loop smaller, but not too small.
- Now take the top tie and thread it through the lower loop. Cinch the loop to tighten around the top tie. The top tie should be able to slide back and forth, making the loop adjustable!
- To reinforce the bottom knot, wrap the tie around the base of the knot, and make another knot. Pull it tight.
- Tie a knot in the top loop so it doesn’t slide out of the loop. (You may want to try the mask on at this point to see how long you want the tie to be). DON’T CUT UNTIL YOU GET IT ALL ADJUSTED.
- Do the same thing on the other side. Before knotting the other top tie, fold the mask in half and line up ties so you can make the knot match the other side.
- Try it on and cut off the excess tie fabric.
There you have it. A SIMPLE, QUICK, and an effective way to modify your tie face masks.
Let me know if you have any questions.
YOU MAY BE INTERESTED IN SOME OF MY OTHER FACE MASK POSTS.
Stay safe, stay healthy, and keep smiling behind those face masks.