How to Make Ear Savers for Face Coverings
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How to Make Ear Savers for Face Coverings

Difficulty Beginner
Budget < £10
Time < 1 hour

These simple DIY ear savers are made to help protect the ears from chafing when wearing a face mask or face covering. Made using a few items you may have at home, we choose from two designs that are easy to make and comfortable to wear.

Project and instructions by sewing expert Sophia Palmer from Sew Jessalli.

Please note: These ear savers are not a medical device.

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How to make

How to a Make Headband Ear Saver and Mini Ear Saver

How to Make a Headband Ear Saver

Step 1

Based on an average head circumference of 54cm. All seam allowances 10mm unless stated.

Cut a piece of jersey to measure 48cm x 18cm.

Step 2

Fold in half lengthways and sew (with a zig zag stitch) along the long open edges creating a fabric tube. Leave a gap of 4-5cm near one end.

Step 3

Attach a safety pin to the end without a gap, place it inside the tube and feed it through to the other end. Pin the two short ends together.

Step 4

Use a sewing machine to sew (with a zigzag stitch) this circular loop together from the inside.

Step 5

Pull the entire loop through the gap.

Step 6

Either sew up the gap by hand, or use a zigzag stitch on the very edge to seal it closed.

Step 7

Press the headband flat, putting the long seam through the centre.

Step 8

Get two buttons and hand sew them in place 5cm either side of the centre joining seam.

Step 9

Give it a quick press and it’s ready to wear.

How to Make a Mini Ear Saver

Step 1

All seam allowances 10mm unless stated otherwise.

Cut a piece of cotton to measure 14x10cm.

Step 2

Fold in half lengthways, pin together and sew around the three sides, leaving a 5cm gap in the longest open edge.

Step 3

Trim the seam allowances and corners to help with neat turning. Turn the right way through the gap and press flat.

Step 4

Pin the gap shut, then topstitch around all four sides, 5mm from the edge, sealing the gap closed as you go.

Step 5

Hand sewn two buttons to either end of your fabric piece.

Step 6

Give it a final, quick press and it’s ready to wear with a mask.

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