• Sewing Masks for Maine

The "Pin Trick" to Speed Up Tie Making

Speed up your tie making process by using a single pin on your ironing board.


Supplies:

  • A long, straight pin

  • Iron

  • 1.5” x 44” pieces of 100% woven cotton fabric for mask ties


Step 1

Place a pin in your ironing board cover.



For ties made with 1.5” strips and finishing at approximately ⅜” (three-eighths), insert pin to make a space under the pin measuring ¾” - ⅞” (three-quarters to seven-eighths).



Step 2

Fold one end of the fabric strip in half (wrong sides together) and press.



Step 3

Open the center fold and fold edges toward the middle. Press.



Step 4

Insert the folded end of the strip under the pin.



Step 5

Pinch the edges of the strip between your fingers as shown. Guide the strip under the pin as you pull gently with your opposite hand.



Step 6

Pinch the edges of the strip between your fingers as shown. Guide the strip under the pin as you pull gently with your opposite hand. If your pin has a plastic ball, take care not to hit it with the iron, as it will melt.



When the whole strip is folded with the edges to the middle, re-fold on the center line and press. Et voila! Your tie is ready to be sewn onto your mask.

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We have created this website to pool resources and give guidance to people in Maine to sew masks for use in healthcare settings. To be clear, these masks do not protect from COVID-19, and are not considered valid PPE. We are responding to direct requests from healthcare facilities in Maine following the amended "last resort" guidance from the federal CDC.