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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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  • what a great idea….

    Phyllis Calvert
  • I was thinking a button and button hole

    Rose Martin
  • Great idea! The elastic around the ears gets old real quick. Thank you for sharing.

    Sharon Erreger
  • How would this work with quilting fabric? Could I use a magnetic snaps?

    Sandra Joan Eckhardt
  • What about using grosgrain ribbon? Grosgrain ribbon isn’t as slippery as satin ribbon. No finishing edges and the stretch of the mask elastic should be enough.

    Laurilli J Bazille

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