Now available: how to make a versatile face mask VIDEO and a discount on notions

Hi everyone! I wanted to pop in to let you know that I finally have a video available on how to make my Versatile Face Mask pattern. You can watch it on YouTube here and you’ll also find it on my original Versatile Face Mask Pattern blog post. Plus, keep reading for a great discount on notions from Purple Hobbies.

Versatile Face Mask Video walks you through all of the steps to make my versatile face mask pattern.

In this video, I walk you through all of the steps to make your own face mask. From supplies, to tie options and nose wire, you’ll get the whole process and then some. There are also additional resources listed in the video notes. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel and keep up to date with anything new that I add.

There are a few glitches in the video, the main one being the audio volume during narration. When I recorded the video, I thought it would be a good idea to narrate it separately. That *!?# idea took me three weeks to complete along with many other editorial dilemmas. While not perfect, it should be helpful to someone with little or no experience sewing. The rest of you guys (expert quilters) can fly through this without pausing (or skip it altogether).

I should also mention a few other things that I discovered recently and mentioned in the video. If you want to adjust the size of a face mask, you should watch this excellent video by Gail Kollmar. I know it works because I just made a face mask for my son, Jon, and enlarged it to fit his head. It’s much more comfortable for him than the original one I made.

Jon's face mask has been customized to fit a larger head - using the Versatile Face Mask pattern from The Crafty Quilter.

I have two face masks for myself now. One that has ear loops made from hair ties and the other has one long tie that I tie on top of my head. I like the fit of the face mask with one long tie (same would be true of four ties). It hugs the side of my face better.

The face mask with ear loops is nice because it’s a fast on and off situation and it doesn’t muss up my hair (I know). However, the fit isn’t quite as good and it’s not as comfortable for longer wear time. Ear loops tend to cause the face mask to gather at the sides. It’s not too bad on my head, but you can really notice it in my son’s face mask.

Purple Hobbies

The other thing I discovered was the availability of a double fold binding tool available at Purple Hobbies. Heather designed this specifically to make ties for face masks. The process is more streamlined and definitely faster. Heather has generously offered a 20% discount on EVERYTHING in her shop for all of my readers for the month of June. The discount code is craftyquilter (no space) and make sure to hit “apply” once you enter the code. At Purple Hobbies, you’ll find some great notions for sewists and quilters and other fun things, too!


It looks like we might be needing face masks for a while – in public places and once again in the Fall when flu season starts up again. Will it become the new norm? I don’t know, but I’m getting used to bringing my face mask with me everywhere I go.

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About Julie Cefalu

Hello! I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family.

3 thoughts on “Now available: how to make a versatile face mask VIDEO and a discount on notions

  1. Thanks for the heads up on Purple Hobbies’ new tool! I have been making ties for my masks and this will help tremendously! I love her alphabet pin markers so much I bought a second set!

  2. Thanks so much for the coupon code. I had wanted one of those thread cutters that uses an old rotary blade from there!!

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