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Ear Saver Strap for a Face Mask

Ear Saver Strap for a Face Mask

Make an ear-saver strap for a face mask.

I read online that a lot of healthcare workers who have to wear professional face masks or surgical masks find the elastics behind their ears uncomfortable. The ear loops are causing strain behind the ears.

To help, you can make them this reusable ear-saver strap with two snap buttons. The strap can easily be attached and removed from the two ear-loops of your mask. The mask will be held up behind your head so the friction caused by wearing the mask is reduced.

If you are a nurse, you hopefully have a good quality mask, but it might not fit you that well. If that is the case, this little solution might help out a lot. A quick and easy solution to help someone makes a big difference these days.

Also, check out our free tutorial and pattern for a face mask by clicking here.

1. Cut a strip of stretch fabric 10 inch long, 3 inch wide. You might need to adjust the length of the strap a little, depending on how stretchy your fabric is.

2. Double fold the fabric with long ends together, right sides facing each other.

3. Sew the 3 edges together at ¼ inch and leave a 1 inch opening.


4. Cut the threads and trim the corners.

It's advisable to add a little piece of interfacing where you will add the snaps to help reinforce and protect the fabric surrounding the fasteners.

I forgot to do that so you can't see it in the pictures.

5. Turn inside out.

6. Close the opening with a hand stitch.

7. Attach 2 snap buttons – plastic or metal snaps – at the ends of the strap.

If you want to make straps faster and without sewing, you can also cut a 10 inch strip of fabric 1 ½ inch wide. You don’t need to finish the edges because a knit doesn’t fray. Attach the snap buttons and that’s it. Or consider using a wide elastic and finish the 2 short edges with pinking shears, then simply attach the snaps on the elastic.

And here is the result!

I don’t have a professional mask at home, so I’m showing you with a DIY mask that I made with thin elastic ear loops.

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  • Just a button and hook the elastic around the button, you wouldn’t need a button hole!

    Karen Poole
  • I am a nurse at a VA Medical Center. Normally I have taken care of high risk cancer patients. Now we nurses care for everyone. I love the strap because I had a very serious fall down the steps at the hospital. I lost my hearing in one ear and partial hearing in the other. I wear hearing aides and the strap eliminates the problem of pulling out the hearing aides when I remove my mask. Thank you .

    Sally Salatsky
  • Oh thank you so much for these. I made so many of these and they helped out a lot of us at work. ‘
    Thank you
    Nancy Gonzalez

    Nancy Gonzalez RN
  • I’m thinking of just adding a medium to large button on each end of the strap or elastic. That way you just need to put the ear loops over the buttons without someone (MEN) having trouble snapping the ends behind their head. I know my husband would have trouble doing that if he couldn’t see it.
    I think if the button is big enough & sewn on tightly that it would work & be easier to remove quickly if needed.

    Edna Dippre
  • Hi Brenda,
    Yes, that is a good idea!
    My fabric is rather sturdy, a double knit, so I didn’t use interfacing and it works for now. But it will certainly make it stronger. I will add it to the blog post. Thank you!!

    An from

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