In the spirit of ingenuity and using what you have, Emily Groff has designed her own bra to dust mask. When we first saw it on our Buy Nothing group, everyone laughed with Emily, seeing the humor in it. But then we saw an igNobel prize was awarded for a bra converted into a gas mask. Emily might just be onto something…
Turn a Ratty Old Bra Into a Washable Dust Mask
By Emily Groff
Pictured is a Maidenform t-shirt bra, size 38D. A smaller or larger band measurement would probably be okay, but I don’t know if a different cup size would be as comfy on the face. I suppose it depends on the face.
Cut off the cup on the loop side, leaving as much fabric as possible on the hook side. Then trim off and save the end of the band with the loops.
Remove the strap.
Be sure to retain as much of the length as possible.
Serge off the pointy end of the cup. I’ve used a four thread overlock here, but any stitch that finishes the edge is fine.
Serge the loop band to the fabric that used to be between the two cups.
Careful sewing around all that metal…! I hit a loop and broke my needles, which is why the top end of this seam is such a mess.
Fold the top of the cup over to make a straight line, and pin in place. You may have to hold it up to your face to find the right line.
Chainstitch or sew with a regular machine, leaving a channel at the top about a finger’s-width deep. This is where the top wire will go.
Sew both ends of the strap to the cup, right next to each end of the wire channel.
Cut a length of wire to fit the channel.
I’ve used 16 ga copper for its flexibility, but any sturdy wire will do. I also recommend filing off the sharp ends left by the wire cutters. This way if the wire should slip out of the mask, it won’t scratch you. Slip the wire into the channel, hold the mask over your face and bend the wire to fit the bridge of your nose.
The mask is finished!
To wear, slip the strap over the back of your head and fasten the hook/eye closure under one ear.
You can’t see it, but inwardly I’m giggling like a madwoman.
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