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    My local fabric store managed to stock great quantities of really soft 1/8Ē elastic for $0.70/yard CAD and Iíve had great luck with it when using the TB mask patterns. Feedback from friends and family who got masks from me has also been good.

    Most fabric stores in my area are also taking orders over the phone and having it available for pickup, so even if you arenít a fan of going into your store it canít hurt to call and ask what they have on hand that theyíre recommending for making masks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darcy View Post
    The exact material we use isn't generally available as far as we know, but material at your local fabric shop that'd be used to make dance tights or yoga pants should be pretty similar. Stretchy, durable, and soft Smilie
    Thanks @Darcy - I'll let her know. So it would need to be cut into strips, is that correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClicketySnap View Post
    My local fabric store managed to stock great quantities of really soft 1/8” elastic for $0.70/yard CAD and I’ve had great luck with it when using the TB mask patterns. Feedback from friends and family who got masks from me has also been good.

    Most fabric stores in my area are also taking orders over the phone and having it available for pickup, so even if you aren’t a fan of going into your store it can’t hurt to call and ask what they have on hand that they’re recommending for making masks.


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    Thanks @ClicketySnap - my wife has looked at the 1/8" elastic in the local fabric store but isn't happy with it for earloops. Some of the masks (not the Tom Bihn ones) use that type and they're nowhere near as comfortable as the earloops on the TB masks.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lizpdx View Post
    My local fabric store sells 1/6" banded stretch elastic, that is the best thing I've found in person to make an ear loop. I initially made my own V1 masks with the odd and ends of elastic I already had, mostly flat elastic, and this is more comfortable. I'm not sure how it compares to what was on the masks in May, but sharing in case this is of interest to you, either the name or the photos of the item. Good luck!

    https://shop.moderndomesticpdx.com/1...yd-bundle.html
    Thanks @Lixpdx - hard to tell from the photo but it does look like it may be softer than the typical 1/8" round elastic cord that we've been able to find at the fabric store. I'll pass that along to my wife and see what she thinks about it.

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina View Post
    @Rob_L the availability of the cord on Amazon US seems to vary by shipping address. When I clicked on the link Amazon defaulted to my UK address and told me it was not available. When I typed in a US Zip code it was suddenly available.
    Yes, @Cristina , I think that's probably what was happening for me as well, since we are in Canada. It must be restricted to US addresses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kansha View Post
    be careful with nylon headband 'elastic' if you press your masks while sewing...i've melted that type of material when ironing Frown

    re: 't-shirt' yarn loops...i've had good luck using single-knit fabric that has a small percentage of spandex in it.
    Good point about needing to be careful with ironing to avoid melting anything with nylon or other synthetics, @kansha ! I'll let my wife know about using single-knit fabric with spandex.

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