This week I'm producing some ear-saving headbands for our male carers, doctors and nurses, as my husband asked me for some and this illustrated a shortage in the kindly donations made to hospitals and hospices for larger sizes.
When the headbands are worn, hte elastic from medical masks sits on the buttons on the sides of the headband instead of pulling on the ears, which I'm told gets very uncomfortable and can cause headaches.
If you want to follow my recipe, here's what I did:
Cut a piece of fabric 53 x 10cm (I made a cardboard template 26.5 x 10cm and cut the fabric on the fold).
Cut a piece of elastic (I used 20mm) 8mm long and mark with chalk or pencil 1cm from each end.
With right sides together, sew the long edge with a 1cm seam allowance. Press the seam open.
Turn the fabric tube right side out, and press again with the seam running down the centre of the back.
Turn the raw edges of the tube inside about 2cm, check your fabric measures about 49cm and press or pin the turned-in edges in place.
Insert your elastic (your chalk/pencil mark will show you how far to push it in and stitch to secure. Make sure you haven't twisted your headband, it's easily done!
Add buttons large enough to hold medical mask elastic without pinging off. I sewed them 9cm from the edges of the fabric.
This is a small, useful way to help our medical staff in their daily battle. 12 or 14 hours with sore ears is no joke, You can use any fabric that will withstand a 60 degree wash - wool will felt, so I've used cotton. I may throw together some funky patchwork pieces from my scrap stash, nothing gets wasted around here!