Shamrock earrings are optional. This style, sewn from scraps of a leprechaun outfit I made for my assistant webmaster years ago, is the same rectangular shape with pleats as the Mayflower pink mask (below) but with three major differences. 1) A pipe cleaner inserted along the top edge allow the wearer to crimp it closer to the nose, preventing sliding and glasses-fogging. 2) The double-tie system for attaching it to the wearer works well for people with hair clips or other "up" styles by preventing the top tie from drooping. 3.) It is 2 layers thick, not 4. Otherwise it is the rectangular pattern with pleats BUT not sewn inside out because of the seam-binding ties that run up the side. To make a rectangular mask, watch the Joann "How to Make a Face Mask" video if you are a "show me" learner, like I am AND/OR if you want their paper pattern with pleats marked. Then follow the written instructions (with photos) that Froedert [Hospital] & the Medical College of Wisconsin got from Mount Mary University (click on "Hand Sewn Mask Instructions") if you want follow the seam binding procedure. Various online tutorials demonstrate the pipe cleaner step, some better than others. I wound up just sewing a tiny seam, feeding in the pipe cleaner, but cutting it short at both ends so the wire didn't poke out. Disclaimer: These are for you to make for family members. They offer some protection to the people you wearer interacts with but not much for the wearer. This took an hour and 25 minutes to construct, about 75% of the time it took yesterday.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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