My Two Favorite, No-Pattern DIY Face Masks

No matter where you live in the US, it’s safe to say we have adopted mask culture. I’m personally happy to wear a mask. It keeps other people safe from me if I am potentially sick and don’t know it, and me safe from others if they happen to be sick. It’s an easy way to take care of one another and ourselves, and there is no reason we can’t make them a part of our ensembles!

Once I started going out more, I knew I wanted to make masks in different fabrics to match my outfits. Each time I made a new garment, I always added on a mask so I had something cute to match! It’s a little extra, but you would be shocked how many compliments you can get on a coordinating mask!

Now that I have made so many masks in so many different forms, I think it’s safe to say these two mask patterns are the ones I reach for the most to wear and make. For a while I didn’t have access to elastic, so I made a ton of the tied masks. These were great because they can be adjusted for anyone’s head and really do feel the most secure. When it comes to convenience, though, the elastic around the ears is where it’s at. The pattern which looks the most like a surgical mask is by far the fastest and simplest to make. I make these constantly. The pattern with a flat front and top and bottom flaps is really nice looking, but does take a but more effort. I have also tried the masks with a seam down the front, but for some reason these really don’t stay up well on my face.

The only thing to note on these patterns is that I struggle to find elastic that is so stretchy that Kyle and I can wear the same masks interchangeably. His face is larger than mine, so I end up adjusting the length of the elastic for him, so make sure to measure the elastic out on your own face to make sure the fit is right.

As a bonus, this tutorial also includes instructions for making a scrunchie to match your mask! I told you I was a little extra… Take a look at the mask sewing tutorials on Fabric Wholesale Direct’s website!

We’re Moving! Saying goodbye to our Houston apartment

After being in Houston for the last 10ish years, Kyle and I are moving to Colorado! It’s crazy to think that we won’t be in the first city we met in, made so many friends in, went to school in, and have worked in our entire careers, but we are so excited about this next chapter. The lifestyle will be completely different going from a city to essentially right up in the mountains, and I’m pretty sure there is a whole new wardrobe ready to be sewn on my sewing machine once we get up there (hello snow!). We are ready for some outdoor adventures together, and for friends and family to come visit us!

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Mocha Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting

During this quarantine time I have gotten very acquainted with my kitchen. Honestly, I always found cooking to be a little stressful. I grew up baking, so the thought of casually changing recipes based on taste and getting the timing of multiple items spaced out so that everything was hot and ready at the same time kind of gave me anxiety. With all of this time at home, though, it has given me the opportunity to try new recipes, practice new techniques, and generally get comfortable cooking consistently because I have the time and energy to do so (commuting is a real time suck!). Continue reading “Mocha Brownies with Salted Peanut Butter Frosting”

Linen Button Down Dress Sewing Tutorial

Is it just me, or is anyone else sick of wearing pajamas, sweatpants, and leggings? Last time I was sewing with y’all, I was sharing how to make a sweatshirt for all of this staying at home we are doing, but now it is hot and we’ve been home for so long that I am ready for a dress again! Continue reading “Linen Button Down Dress Sewing Tutorial”

How to Design and Print Your Own Wedding Invitations

Wow, it’s May 2, 2020. This is the day I thought I was going to get married for over a year, and here we are postponed. It is surreal. I wrote about rescheduling our wedding if you are interested, but because it’s no longer set for today and all of these times and dates have changed, I thought I could share our invitation design and printing process! Continue reading “How to Design and Print Your Own Wedding Invitations”

Cutoff Cropped Hoodie Sewing Tutorial

Being cooped up at home feels like the understatement of the century at this point. I like to think of myself as a homebody, but in an effort to truly not expose myself to anyone else, it’s been a full on lock down these days. We have been avoiding the grocery store as much as possible and doing pick up when we really need it. Going down stairs to get the mail from our mailbox at our apartment feels like a journey these days. Because of this, I think we can all agree that our normal day-to-day wardrobe staples have changed. Continue reading “Cutoff Cropped Hoodie Sewing Tutorial”